UPDATE- a new recipe variation for apple cinnamon flavor!
I've always loved granola, and was so sure it was good for me. Imagine how upset I was to find that this wasn't the case. Luckily, there's some great soaked recipes out there, so I went about revamping them a bit to come up with one I really like.
2 1/2 cups oats
2 cups water
4 tablespoons yogurt, cultured buttermilk, kefir *
1/4 cup wheat flour
Combine these ingredients and soak for at least 12 hours, preferably 24.
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
2/3 cup dried fruit (raisins, cherries, apricots etc.)
1 1/3 cup "crispy" nuts and seeds **
Mix above ingredients into the soaked oat mixture.
Variation- Apple Cinnamon Granola
1/3 cup coconut or crispy nuts
1 cup dried apples, cut into medium chunks
1/4 cup melted coconut oil, or 1/8 cup ea. coconut oil and olive oil
2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
1/2-3/4 cup natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, palm sugar, agave)
1/8 teaspoon salt
Combine ingredients and pour over oat mixture, stir thoroughly.
Variation- Apple Cinnamon
To above ingredients, add in 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Spread granola mixture on lined baking sheets or dehydrator trays. Dehydrate at 150 degrees F
or bake at your oven's lowest temperature. Depending on your method and how thinly you spread your granola, it will be dry in 4-24 hours.
* To make this dairy free, try reducing acid medium to 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. I used vinegar the first time I made this and it was just fine, you might need to alter the amount of sweetener to your taste.
** "Crispy" seeds/nuts as per NT- I soaked for 8-12 hours then dried them
The different options allow you to change the recipe around as you like. One of my favorite combinations is dried apricot and papaya, with almonds or peanuts and sunflower seeds. Really yummy with the coconut. Sometimes, when it's dried, I add chocolate chips (don't tell on me!) This is really flexible, so play around to find out what your family likes best.
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