Monday, January 30, 2012

Soaked Granola, GF

I have always enjoyed granola. Unfortunately what you buy at the store is highly processed and full of high fructose corn syrup. Most of the recipes for home made granola are still full of phytic acid because the grains need to be soaked first. Some even call for canola oil or have you bake the nuts/seeds in the oven at high temperatures. Then you just end up consuming rancid fat, which is toxic to your body. So here is my recipe for a properly prepared granola.

Some great reasons to eat buckwheat: Help lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. It is high in fiber and magnesium. Contains high quality proteins.It has antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals.

Some great reasons to eat oats: Help lower blood sugar and cholesterol. They are full of heart healthy antioxidants. They have plenty of selenium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

It can either be dehydrated or baked in the oven at 200 degrees

Granola without any additional nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.

Granola with soaked/dehydrated walnuts, dried cranberries, and raisins.

Keep it stored in an airtight container to stay fresh! 

Soak:
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup buckwheat
1 3/4 cups filtered water
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar

Add before baking:
1/2 cup melted unrefined coconut oil
1/2 cup raw agave or honey
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (grade B)
1 Tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla 

Directions:
  1. The night before mix the oats and buckwheat together with the water and vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. In the morning preheat the oven to 200 degrees and prep two large baking sheets with parchment paper. This can also be made in a dehydrator. 
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a small pot and whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Pour the coconut oil mixture onto the soaked grains and use a spatula to gently mix them together.
  5. Scoop the wet granola onto the two baking sheets and evenly spread the mixture out.
  6. Put in the oven and bake for 4 hours. Be sure to stir  the granola every hour and rotate the baking sheets.
  7. When it's done store in an airtight container. Add dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or coconut flakes if desired. 
Find more great recipes and tips over at Kelly's blog during Real Food Wednesday!

3 comments:

Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife} said...

This looks great! I have a granola recipe I like, but it is not soaked. I'm going to try this for sure.

Mary Voogt said...

Looks delicious! I make granola all the time. I was going to make some today :) Maybe I'll have to make two batches...one fresh today and a soaked version tomorrow. Love it!

Melissa Naasko said...

I have not made granola in a while and the kids are asking for it! Thanks for the reminder that it can be done!