So ‘grawnola’ is the common term used for raw granola. The stuff you get at the health food store is so unhealthy–so processed, hard to digest and, not to mention, full of sugar.
But this grawnola is awesome, wholesome and easy to digest! It is so good I ate it within a few days. I topped my homemade yogurt with the grawnola and fresh blackberries, and just snacked on it throughout the day.
Obviously you can choose whatever nuts and seeds you like and use whatever amounts you like. The following recipe is just what I used.
I dehydrated soaked nuts and fresh fruit in my dehydrator. It comes out crunchy-soft and I love the pieces with the banana!
Grawnola–makes 8 cups
*Prep ahead: Soak nuts and seeds for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. For more information on soaking nuts and seeds, see this article from Radiant Life Company.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup walnuts
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 apples, cut into 1/3 inch squares
- 2-4 bananas, cut into 1/3 inch squares
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 T cinnamon
- grated nutmeg
- 1/2 cup dry grated coconut (optional)
- raisins (optional)
- After soaking nuts and seeds, rinse and drain.
- Pulse the almonds in the food processor until roughly chopped but not pulverized. Remove from food processor.
- Pulse the pecans and walnuts together until roughly chopped. Nuts will not chop evenly so be careful to not over-process; there will be different sizes of pieces.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine nuts, seeds, apples, bananas, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Spread mixture onto trays (makes four trays) and dehydrate for 10 to 12 hours at 115 degrees.
- Add coconut and raisins to finished grawnola.
- Keep in refrigerator for long-term storage.
Note: I am very pleased with my 5-tray Excalibur dehydrator because it has a temperature setting to dehydrate at temperatures below 120 degrees, the temperature over which enzymes and nutrition is destroyed. I also love it because the trays are removable so I can place my glass liter jar of yogurt in it to ferment.