Raw Nutty Granola
Servings: 8
Raw Granola
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups buckwheaties (see notes below)          
  • ¼ cup chia seeds 
  • ½ cup Brazil nuts, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup organic sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup organic pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup gluten free rolled oats (optional) 
  • ½ cup shelled hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp maca (optional)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup coconut flakes 
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup organic dried, unsulphured apricots, chopped
  •  20g protein powder 
  • ½ cup organic prunes, chopped (raisins also work but I prefer prunes for their high vitamin K and boron content)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place nuts, seeds, buckwheaties, cinnamon, salt, coconut flakes, maca, protein powder and oats (if you are using them), into a large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Stir in the dried fruit and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Gently melt the coconut oil and then mix with the tahini and honey until a smooth paste forms.
  4. Pour the paste into the nut mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Transfer to a 2 litre jar and refrigerate. It will last for a couple of weeks.

Notes: I have given you the option to omit the oats to allow you to adhere to a paleo diet if you wish. And in case you are wondering - buckwheat is actually a seed, making it a suitable gluten free substitute for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains.

To sprout the buckwheat groats: soak the groats in water for 4 hours. After soaking, transfer to a fine-screen sieve and rinse them well. Leave them in the sieve and transfer to rest in a bowl or pan. Cover the top with a plate and leave for 12 hours or until they just begin to sprout.  If you have a dehydrator, dehydrate for at 45°C for 8 hours. If not, evenly spread the buckwheaties in a baking tray and place into a preheated oven at 60°C for 4 hours or until the buckwheaties have completely dried out. 

What’s nourishing about this recipe...

This granola recipe is packed with protein; with buckwheat, nuts, seeds and protein powder, to help you stay energised throughout the day. These ingredients also provide a crunchy yet buttery addition and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

The addition of cinnamon and the prunes will help regulate blood sugar levels by improving the efficiency of insulin.  Prunes are brilliant! They contain soluble fiber to help lower cholesterol and large amounts of phenolic compounds with antioxidant properties, which are particularly effective in neutralizing chemicals that can damage our cell membranes. They are also an important source vitamin K and boron (a trace mineral), both of which are thought to play an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis.

The apricots provide a rich source of antioxidants, such as carotenoids and xanthophylls, which are thought to help protect eyesight from aging-related damage. They also provide a good source catechins, an antioxidant known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties.