I told you it was coming, and here it is!
- 4 cups buckwheat groats, soaked and drained
- 2 cups almonds and walnuts, chopped, soaked and drained (feel free to sub your favorite nut here)
- 2-4 tbsp cacao powder (depends on how cracked out you want to be and if you plan on eating this in the evening!)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed soaked in 1/2 cup filtered water to form gel
- 1 cup pitted dates, packed (soak if they are not ooey gooey fresh dates and reserve soaking water)
- In a high speed blender, blend dates with a couple tbsp of filtered water to make paste (this is when you would use your reserved soaking water).
In a large bowl, combine groats, nuts, cacao, salt, cinnamon, flaxseed gel, and date paste. If you are feeling extra naughty and child-like, mix with your hands and enjoy the feel of the different textures!
- Drop about 2 cups of granola batter onto dehydrator trays with nonstick sheets. Spread it out to make a thin layer. Don’t worry if you have gaps, as this will reduce bake time.
- Bake at 115 degrees until desired level of crispness has been obtained. Taste frequently to check doneness. This should not be a problem, as your kitchen and house will smell amazing, and the hum of the dehydrator will keep luring you in. I dehydrated my batch for about 24 hours. It really depends on how thick you load your trays.
When finished, add in 1 cup chopped dehydrated bananas and cacao nibs.
Alternatively, you can chop bananas into coins and mix into the granola pre-bake. I totally would have done this had I had fresh bananas on hand. Next time!
Enjoy with homemade nut milk. My favorite is 2-3 cups filtered water blended with ~1/4 cup cashews and a tbsp of flaxseed. Amazing.
It’s also amazing as a topping for a smoothie bowl, as featured in the photo. For the smoothie, blend 3-4 frozen bananas with 2 tbsp cacao powder and 1-2 cups of homemade nutmilk or water. Enjoy!