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Raw Fruity Granola Crunch

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I am never one to waste or throw away food.  Unless of course it is wearing a furry coat.  :)  If that’s the case, compost pile… here we come!

Yesterday, as I was tootling around my kitchen when I spied some darkened fruit on what I call my fruit stand.  Oh dear!  My bananas were on their last leg!  Their coats were beyond just being covered in brown spots, they were just about to pull on that furry coat and call it good!

I grabbed the bananas and put them on the counter, what to do, what to do?  I opened the fridge and started rummaging through the shelves… ACK!  Bottom shelf, tucked in the very back… strawberries!  Oh dear, how did I forget about those!?  I pulled them out and put them on the counter.  What to do, what to do?

First thing first,  washed, sliced and dehydrated the strawberries.  With bananas in mind and strawberries drying I walked into my pantry looking for inspiration.  Do you ever watch the Food Network?  You know how Rachael Ray walks around in a 3×3 space and piles all the bowls and ingredients in her arms before she turns around to place it on the counter?

Well, that was me,  I just started grabbing stuff; coconut flakes, dried apples, hazelnuts, spices, etc.  With my arms fully loaded I made my way back into the kitchen and spread everything out before me.  Hmm, I sense a granola recipe brewing.  Granolas are so easy to make.  It just takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that and voila!

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas, ripe
  • 6 Tbsp date paste
  • 2/3 cup raw caramel sauce (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp ground ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp liquid NuNaturals stevia 
  • 2 cups gluten-free, rolled oats
  • 1 3/4 cup dried strawberries
  • 1 cup chopped raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried apple, diced
  • 3/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl mash the bananas and add; date paste, caramel sauce, cinnamon and stevia.  Mix together.
  2. Add; oats, hazelnuts and dried fruit.  Using your hands, get in there and mix everything together until it is all evenly coated.
  3. Drop the granola batter on the teflex sheets that come with your dehydrator.  I used 2 trays (Excalibur brand).
  4. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 8 hours.  Remove the teflex sheet so the granola is now on the mesh sheet.  Continue drying for 6-8 hours or until dry.
  5. Store in an air-tight container.

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11 thoughts on “Raw Fruity Granola Crunch

  1. Millie says:

    VERY NICE!!!

  2. Millie says:

    VERY NICE!!! I was looking for a healthy granola for the summer and I am glad I found it! Thank you

    • amie-sue says:

      Your welcome Milli. I hope you enjoy the end result as much as we did. Please keep me posted if you make it!

  3. Catherine says:

    Quick question – am I the only one that gets a funky smell and nasty taste when I dehydrate oats?!? They taste great cooked but whenever I throw them in a raw recipe they are disgusting!!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Catherine,
      Goodness, a funky smell and nasty taste? I can’t say that I experience that at all. Do you soak in raw apple cider? Do you rinse them really well at the end? Have you tried different brands? Your body just may not like them that way. But would love to hear if anyone else experiences this.

  4. Christina says:

    Before I make the granola with stevia, I have a question. I made some raw chocolate chips using stevia, and like some comments by others, the stevia tasted good for about 3 days, then it tasted like soap in the chocolate and I threw it out. I used NuNaturals as recommended. I am wanting to try the “Raw Fruity Granola Crunch”, but do not want to throw any of it out. Since I am the only one eating this, it will last more than 3 days and I am concerned it will taste like soap. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Christina,

      I am sorry for the delay in getting to your question. I have had a house full of guests this past week… and my time has been distracted. :)

      Hmmm, I haven’t ever experienced this “soap” taste or even an odd after taste when using Stevia and I use it ALL the time. I really don’t know what to say other than using a different sweetener in future recipes. For this batch of granola that is already made, all I can recommend is to try storing it in the freezer… I freeze granolas all the time. Maybe this will slow down that process of changing the flavor for you.

      Blessings and good luck! amie sue

  5. amie-sue says:

    Good morning Willien… I woke this morning at 4:45am….oy vey! Your comment was the first that I read in my email inbox this morning and boy, what a wonderful to start my day… so I want to thank you for your kind and generous words. You are a blessing to me in return. :) Please keep in touch through your journey of becoming more raw / eating healthier… I am here to support you in any way I can. Have a wonderful day. amie sue

  6. amie-sue says:

    Good morning Willien, that is a LOT of recipes to print…over 400 hehe. But I am touched that you want to print them all. Thank you for spreading the “health” on to your mother-in-law in Germany. I love how the Internet can reach out and touch so many people. I might be able to help you figure out recipe substitutions if you can’t get some of the ingredients. I don’t know what foods you have there but let me know and maybe we can brainstorm together. :) Have a happy day! amie sue

  7. amie-sue says:

    Willien, you can write me a novel for all I care, I love hearing from you. :) I love printing out recipes too. I love the Internet and having a laptop to keep everything organized in BUT there is something about being able to touch, shuffle, organize when it comes to things in print. I can’t handle electronic books, I want to touch and smell a book. lol I know I created a E-book for my veggie bouquets but I had to print it out and have it bound so I could hold it, touch it, flip through it. :) Anyway, I am repeating myself. I look forward to our friendship. If Google offered Afrikaans, I would so add that feature. I bet in time they will! :) Well, better my day rolling. Have a blessed weekend! amie sue

  8. amie-sue says:

    Oh Willien, you have such a way in making my day! I printed my veggie book on photo paper (glossy) and then went to Kinko’s (printing / mailing store) that is a chain in the states. They bound it for me for $5! I would love to make my ebook into an actual book and sell it for those of us who enjoy cuddling our books. haha I just need to find a company that keeps the price reasonable so I pass that savings onto those interested in it. Thank you for commenting here. Your words are inspiring to me. Have a wonderful weekend! amie sue

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