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If you love chocolate, and if you love peppermint, I created this recipe just for you. The month of December is known for sweet chocolaty and pepperminty treats… I felt combining the two into a granola would synchronize into a sweet harmony. You can have to be careful with peppermint, it can easily overpower any recipe. That is why I decided not to add any peppermint extract to the granola batter, but rather add chopped up raw candy canes.
I also decided to use a light hand when I added the raw cacao. I used both the powder form and in the nib form. Raw cacao is very very bitter and the more you use, the more sweetener you will need to balance it out. My goal was to keep the sugar level down, even though it I was using natural sugars.
As I was putting this recipe together, I already soaked and dehydrated oats, pumpkin seeds, hazel nuts and pistachios on hand. If you don’t already have these prepared in such a manner, you can just soak all the of the items listed and skip the dehydration process. This will add moisture to your batter so you may not need to add the 1/2 cup of water. It will also take longer to dehydrate since the oats, nuts and seeds will be a bit plumped up with water.
If you can’t eat nuts or oats, feel free to substitute them with other items from your pantry. Raw buckwheat that has been sprouted would be great, coconut flakes, different nuts and so forth. The beauty of creating our foods at home is that we can modify them to fit our individual dietary needs and lets not forget satisfying the good ole’ taste buds. :) Enjoy.
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Yields 10-12 cups dried granola
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.