I went through a lot of phases of eating granola ALL the time, to never eating it, to thinking that I was buying really healthy granola’s and being really healthy and then sadly coming to the realization that I was ultimately eating a big bowl of baked SUGAR!
Granola is such an amazing breakfast to have on hand when you need to make something quick but also nutrient dense. Granola CAN be good for you and CAN be nutrient dense! In fact, it’s super EASY to make granola nutrient dense and I honestly have never understood WHY it needs to be loaded with sugar?!
With this recipe, I’ve made it a ‘build your own’ kind of recipe. I’ve given suggestions but ultimately proportion sizes as I feel that granola should be designed around the persons likes and dislikes. It’s easy to get carried away and throw EVERYTHING into it, and while I have no issues with that, I understand that some people also like to keep it simple!
The reason I call this a RAW granola is that I’ve loaded it with nuts and seeds. This is also my issues with traditional store bought granola’s (and most granola recipes you find on pinterest) is that they all contain nuts/seeds but have all been baked!! Sadly, nuts and seeds are SUPER nutrient dense but are also SUPER heat sensitive! So when we bake or even leave nuts/seeds at room temperature for too long, we damage the oils and cause them to go rancid – which in return creates free radicals in the body and actually do MORE harm than good! Not so nutrient dense after all!
So, with that being said, enjoy this Raw, Sugar-Free Granola recipe and PLEASE keep it in the refrigerator for storage and quick/easy access!
- 4.5 cups base (I use quinoa crisps and buckwheat groats however you can use oats, amaranth puffs, barley flakes or a variety of these!)
- 1/2 cup fiber (bran or ground fax work well)
- 2 cups dried fruit (I use a variety of blueberries, coconut flakes, goji berries, golden berries, etc.)
- 1.5 cups nuts (I use a variety of hazelnuts, brazil, almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
- 1.5 cup seeds (I use a variety of sunflower, pumpkin, and hemp)
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 2 tsp salt (sea salt or himalayan)
- 2 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1 – 2 tbsp spices (I like to use a homemade chai spice)
- Throw everything into a stainless steel bowl, mix together thoroughly and store in mason jars in the fridge or freezer!
- I like to serve this recipe with a kefir. One of my secrets is taking a about 1 cup of kefir mixed with 1tbsp of chia seeds, 1tsp of vanilla and sometimes adding some of my homemade apple sauce to sweeten it up. Then I top with this granola. Delicious!
- If you would like to add some more sweetness to this recipe, you can mix in a few drops of stevia or top it with a little bit of maple syrup when serving.
- I really like vanilla so I usually add a bit more vanilla each time I serve this recipe.
- Let me know in the comments below what your favourite additions are to this recipe!