Saturday, August 1, 2009

spiced blueberry almond granola


If you're ever in Kensington, make sure you go to Essence of Life Natural Foods. They're an amazing store with a wide range of healthy, vegan and gluten-free items and excellent prices. While there, if you get nothing else, get the hemp granola that's in the bulk tubs. Not the one made with oats, but the one that has delicious chunks of sweet granola-y goodness. This granola alone started my granola obsession. And this granola is one of the things I miss most about eating gluten-free.

Unfortunately few other foods can feel the void of granola and soygurt or granola with nut milk. And a good gluten-free granola is very hard to find. I've only found one gluten-free granola at all, and, though I do sometimes eat it when having a granola craving, it's not the tastiest granola around.

This recipe is super easy to make and is unbelievably delicious. The granola is wonderfully spiced and sweet, the buckwheat is crispy, the almonds add a pleasant crunch, and the blueberries have a slightly cooked texture, maximizing their flavour. What's more, this granola forms those delicious clumps that ever good granola should.

To make
2c raw buckwheat, soaked and rinsed well
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2c almonds, chopped
agave or date paste, to taste
1c blueberries (see note)

note: to extend the freshness of this granola, leave out the blueberries. Because they don't fully dehydrate, the granola needs to remain refridgerated and doesn't last as long. Add fresh blueberries before you enjoy.

Soak the buckwheat overnight or while you're at work. It'll expand a bit, so make sure you put in lots of water. Rinse well before using, as when soaked the water becomes a bit gelatinous-y. I got lazy on the night I was originally going to make this, so left the rinsed buckwheat in the fridge overnight. When I went to make this recipe the next evening, some of the buckwheat had begun to sprout!

Anyway, put the buckwheat into a bowl. Add spices and mix well.

Chop the almonds in a food processor. Add them to the bowl and mix together.
Add water to the date paste/agave to thin it. Add to the granola in the bowl and mix until well coated. Add blueberries and mix together.

Cover dehydrator trays with paraflex sheets and spread the granola evenly. Dehydrate at 108 F for 1-2 hour, turn over onto mesh trays, stirring it a bit and continue dehydrating overnight. Store in the fridge.

Enjoy a bowl of this delicious granola with fresh nut milk. Top it with slices of banana or mixed berries. Or just eat it straight out of the container!





5 comments:

veggie wedgie said...

This looks yummy! I also tried making raw granola with sprouted quinoa! Definitely want to try the buckwheat version! lovely blog.

VeggieGirl said...

I LOVE this blog!!! I really hope that you'll be able to post more often :)

Selene said...

thanks for the comments guys!

mmm granola...

Carolyn said...

I just came across your blog today and LOVED what I saw... and once I saw a reference to Kensington, I was sold. It's great to have a fellow Canadian vegan to read about. Thanks for the delish food!

Lisa Feather Art said...

I just tried making this granola with a few modifications. (I added coconut oil, lots of orange zest, dried coconut, sprouted sunflower seeds and vanilla to the mix. Oh, and used pecans rather than almonds. It's kind of exotic tasting, like vaguely Jamaican.) Anyway, I love your blog, thanks so much for all the yummy! (and your funny stories, too - love the one about avocados making your dad hallucinate)

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