Recipe

Chocolate Granola Recipe

I told you it was coming, and here it is!

Raw. Vegan. Gluten-free. GRANOLA!!!! Featuring cacao and fresh California dates! Order yours here! This recipe is inspired by the Small Footprint Family <3

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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