Sprouting is fun and fresh sprouts bring a wealth of health plus creative ideas to incorporate into a variety of foods. Here is my recipe for Granola
- 1 cup pitted dates, or 1/2 figs, 1/2 dates
- Purified water
- 1-1/2 cups raw buckwheat groats, soaked for 20 minutes, rinsed and drained, then sprouted
- 1-1/2 cups red Quinoa seeds, soaked for 20 minutes, rinsed and drained, then sprouted
- 1/2 cup dried tart Cherries (chopped)
- 1/4 cup Goji berries (chopped)
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds, soaked for 8-12 hours in 1/2 cup purified water (do not rinse or drain)
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds, soaked for 4-6 hours, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked for 4-6 hours, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds, soaked for 4-6 hours, rinsed and drained
- hemp seeds, not soaked
- 1/2 to 1 cup raw, sliced or whole almonds, soaked for 8-12 hours
- 1/2 to 1 cup raw walnut or pecan pieces, soaked for 8-12 hours
- I’ve also used Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts … when I do I omit sesame seeds and/or sunflower seeds … all personal preference
- 2 T Lacuma powder (or any of the Amazon superfood powders … they add a little sweetness without the high sugar/carb load) to taste
- 2 T ground cinnamon , to taste
- 1 tsp. Turmeric to taste
- After soaking for 20 minutes, put the groats into a fine-screen sieve or strainer, and rinse them well. Let them sit in the strainer in a bowl for 24-48 hours to sprout, rinse morning and night.
- Time the soaking for all your seeds and nuts to be done when your groats are ready.
- After all the seeds, nuts, seeds and groats are done, loosely separate the dates. If they are very hard and dry, soak them in warm, purified water for a few minutes to soften them. Drain and remove any pits before using.
- Place the dates, cinnamon, lacuma power, turmeric in Vitamix with 1 cup of purified water , and puree into a smooth paste. Add more water if needed to facilitate processing.
- Combine the buckwheat groats, raisins, currants or dried berries, flaxseeds with their soaking water, and the other seeds and nuts in a large bowl. Add the date paste, stir well or mix with your hands to make a batter.
- Evenly spread 3 cups of the batter no more than 1/4-inch thick onto a dehydrator tray lined with a non-stick silicone sheet or wax paper. Repeat until all of the batter is used.
- Dehydrate for 8 hours at 105-115º F. Flip granola onto a clean mesh dehydrator tray, carefully remove the wax paper or silicone sheet, and dehydrate for another 24 hours at 105º, until completely dry.
- Break the granola into chunks and store in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 months, or in sealed storage bags or jars in the pantry for 1 month. Buckwheat granola is a living food, so, unlike processed cereal, it is perishable.