Super Easy Raw Granola


 

2016-04-11 10.10.11I am currently obsessed with this low fat raw version of granola. I’ve been eating it daily, whether on a delicious smoothie bowl or in a flavorful bar form. I try my hardest to consume food only in their raw state for the first part of the day, ideally until dinner or a later afternoon snack. This raw granola helps me feel energized and full without feeling weighed down and tired from having to digest a heavy meal. On my path to optimize my digestion and health I’ve learned a few things. One, is my body does not operate well on a diet of heavy proteins and fats. Though fat is good in moderation and we must consume it to stay healthy, my body prefers a lower fat, lower protein, easily digestible plant based diet. When I try to digest things like raw nuts or nut butters I notice myself becoming tired and foggy. Another thing I’ve learned, that has helped me greatly, is the importance of paying attention to food combinations. If I eat a handful of nuts along with a handful of dried fruit, my stomach bloats and I feel like someone is twisting up my insides.  Although this combination in delicious, nuts and fruits digest very differently in our bodies. Fats that are easily digestible, such as the coconut in the recipe, combines great alongside dried fruits and leave my belly happy.

With this being said, these are just a few things I’ve noticed about my body. Every single body is different, and I have many friends who thrive on a high fat diet (healthy fats that is), low sugar, and high protein diet. The most important thing we can do is pay attention and honor our own bodies, and honor what others need for their bodies. But one thing I think we will all agree on is that this chewy raw granola is absolutely delicious and healthy!

There are so many different flavor options for this recipe. But here’s the basics for granola…

  • 10 Dates (refrigerated)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup oats

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You will need a high powered blender (Vitamix, Ninja, etc.) or a good food processor. Don’t even attempt this in a normal blender, you will burn it up. Blend all ingredients until chucky balls of granola clusters form. Seriously, its that easy. If you notice that its too sticky and not crumbly just add a little more oats. I also like to add in some non-blended oats and coconut afterwards.

This recipe is so easy to modify to fulfill for your granola desires. If you want different flavors, play with adding cinnamon and raisin, or raw cacao powder for a chocolate flavor. If you like less chewy chunks and little less sweet use more oats and coconut. Or add a few more dates, blend it even more and turn them into chewy granola bars, like these below!

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I chose to turn the recipe into vanilla cherry granola bars. Just double all the ingredients, and add a few more dates, as well as 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder and 1/2 cup dried cherries. Oh and if you haven’t used vanilla powder before, you’re seriously missing out. You can get it at most healthy grocery stores. Its absolutely amazing! You can add it to so many things. I like to add it to smoothies, cookies, oatmeal and of course these amazing granola bars.

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Blend everything except a 1/4 cup of cherries really well in your blender or food processor until it forms big doughy chunks. Place a piece of parchment paper over a 9×13 inch cookie tray and scoop the mixture onto the tray. Dump the remaining cherries into the mixture. Take another piece of parchment paper and place it over the top of the of mixture. Now, use either a rolling pin or your hands to smooth the mixture evenly out across the cookie tray all the way up to the edges. Once the mixture is spread out evenly across the whole tray, place the tray in the freezer for at least an hour.

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Oh, and as I said before, everyone is different and some people don’t have any issues with digesting dried fruits and nuts together. And some people don’t have an issue with a higher fat diet. My boyfriend is one of these people, so I crushed up some walnuts and pressed them into the top of half of the bars for him.

Final step, remove the tray from the freezer, cut them into bars, and ENJOY!

I keep the bars in the freezer to keep them together and keep them extra chewy. The dates don’t freeze to be rock hard, they only become chewier. I will definitely be making these bars in a chocolate flavor soon, maybe even a flavor with dried mango and ginger powered! They are way too good, and such a great snack to bring with you while your on the go. Hope you like ’em!