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Tropical “Beet” Granola (nut-free)

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I can see you wrinkling your nose… yes, you! I see you!  Can I ask for a favor?  Can you just trust me on this and give it a try?  Even if you don’t care for beets, please try it.  I don’t ask for much from you do I?  The reason I feel so confident in asking a non-beet-eater to try this is… Bob, my loving husband hates, despises, loathes… dislikes beets, putting it mildly and he ended up really enjoying this granola.  I was sneaky when I presented it to him, I didn’t tell the name of the recipe nor did I explain what was in it.  I just asked if he would try it, he tilted his head back and opened his mouth… I dropped in a cluster of granola mixed with a few  dried fruits.  He chewed and swallowed.  I sat there starring at him, but trying not to be obvious about it.  I wanted to catch his unedited facial expression after tasting it.  That often tells me more than any words could.  He nodded his head up and down (always a good sign), his eyebrows lifted (another positive reaction), he gently moved his mouth around as if savoring and thinking about the flavor (I held my breath) and he didn’t go running to the kitchen to wash the taste out of his mouth.  That right there said everything I needed.  Then to confirm my thoughts, he nodded at me and said that he really liked it.  He still doesn’t know that I made it with beets and that will remain our little secret, well until he reads this post. haha

When working with red and pink beets, be prepared for beet-red stains on your hands and countertops. Because the color is difficult to remove from wood or plastic surfaces, you may want to work on waxed paper and wear gloves.  Choose small to medium beets for a sweeter flavor, and look for those with fresh looking green tops. When you get them home, store beets and greens separately.  Use the greens within two days, but you can refrigerate the beets in a plastic bag for up to two weeks.

So why use beets?  Well for starters I needed some color in my life!  Most granola mixes are in the natural tan and brown colors, which I thoroughly enjoy, but sometimes I just crave color.  I knew that I didn’t want to use any food coloring chemical so beets came to mind.  I have been making beet juice for the past week and the color always leaves me amazed just how gorgeous it is.  This recipe is a great way to use left over pulp from making beet juice, such as my  Sweet & Spicy Detox Juice.

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled, gluten-free oats, soaked
  • 1 cup buckwheat, soaked
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red beet (92 g), rough chopped or beet pulp
  • 6 large, pitted medjool dates, soaked  in 1/2 cup  hot water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 20 drops liquid stevia

Mix ins:

  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 cups dried pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preparation:

  1. Soak the oats, sunflower seeds and buckwheat.  I soaked them all together in a bowl overnight.  Drain and rinse well.  Place a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates and place them in 1/2 cup of hot water.  Measure out 1 Tbsp coconut oil and place the measuring spoon in the water along with the dates.  Soaking the dates will soften them which will make it easier for blending.  And placing the the measuring spoon of coconut oil along with them will melt it, just saving a step and dishes. :) Soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Rough chop the beet and place in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.  Add the dates, coconut oil, soak water, agave, cinnamon, salt and stevia.  Process until it becomes a sauce.
  4. Pour the red sauce over the oats, sunflower seeds and buckwheat.  Mix well.  Spread out on the teflex sheets that come with the dehydrator and dry at 115 degrees for 8 hours.  This mix dries quicker than most granolas.
  5. Once dry, place in a large bowl and hand mix in the coconut flakes, pineapple and cranberries.  I chose to mix these in afterward to avoid everything turning a reddish / pink color.  I wanted a variety of color.
  6. Store in an airtight glass container on your counter for several weeks.  Enjoy with nut milk, yogurt, or just as a snack by the handful.

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15 thoughts on “Tropical “Beet” Granola (nut-free)

  1. Jana says:

    I love the color, I love the ingredients and I ADORE that spoon!!!! I love eating a tasty granola but the right spoon will take it to another level!

    XOXO from the silverware loving Jana ;)

  2. Cindy O'Donnell says:

    As with all your recipes, Amie Sue, this granola sounds fabulous. May I ask why you use gluten-free oats? I have Quaker oats and Irish steel-cut oats on hand and am wondering whether I can substitute either one of them and achieve the same effect? Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      I use gluten-free because both Bob and I are gluten-free. You can use other oats if you wish… just be sure to put them through the soaking process. :) Have a great weekend, amie sue

  3. Jesse Gabriel says:

    Hallo Amie Sue.
    Oh das ist wieder eine wunderbare Idee, für ein tolles Rezept.
    Es ist herrlich, dass sie immer eine kleine Geschichte dazu schreiben und man ist gespannt, wie die Geschichte ausgeht.

    Ich liebe Rote Beete, schon als Kind, ja ich weiß, ich bin ein komisches Kind das Rote Beete liebte.

    Ich muss es ganz schnell nach machen!

    Viele Liebe Grüße,
    Jesse

    • amie-sue says:

      Google translate for Jesse:
      Hi Amie Sue.
      Oh, this again is a wonderful idea for a great recipe.
      It’s wonderful that they always write a little story about it and you’re excited to see how the story ends.

      I love beets, even as a child, so I know I’m a weird kid loved the beetroot.

      I need to quickly get to!

      Many Greetings,
      Jesse
      ___________________________________________

      Thanks Jesse. :) I love beets too… I think it is wonderful that you enjoyed beets as a child. :) Have a blessed weekend! amie sue

  4. Jesse Gabriel says:

    Das habe ich noch vergessen zu fragen, darf ich morgen zum Frühstück kommen, ich bringe auch etwas mit, oh das wäre so schön! Lächel.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Jesse

    • amie-sue says:

      Google translate for Jesse:
      I did not forget to ask, I may come tomorrow for breakfast, I’ll bring something, oh that would be so nice! Smile.
      Best wishes,
      Jesse
      __________________________________

      lol Jesse… come on over, bring the nut milk! hehe

  5. Jesse Gabriel says:

    Hallo Amie Sue.
    Danke fürs übersetzten!

    Google hat ein wenig verdreht übersetzt, ich habe schon als Kind Rote Beete geliebt.

    Okay, ich bringe die Nuss Milch mit, haben sie einen Wunsch? Lächel

    Viele Grüße,
    Jesse

    • amie-sue says:

      Google translated for Jesse…
      Hi Amie Sue.
      Thanks for translated!

      Google has translated a little twisted, I loved as a child beetroot.

      Okay, I’ll bring the nut milk, they have a desire? Smile

      Best regards,
      Jesse
      ___________________________

      lol Jesse

  6. florencia says:

    Hello Amie Sue

    I did it yesterday and I tried it today, and you were right about the flavour of the beet, it is almost completely gone!

    Very delicious and crunchy, (especially with almond milk =P)

    hugs

    • amie-sue says:

      That is great Florencia… thank you trying the recipe out and taking my word that you wouldn’t taste the beet. :) I appreciate you sharing. Blessings and hugs, amie sue

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  8. Nancy says:

    Since I tend to have a year round garden with beets (I live at 3700 ft in Hawaii) I will be trying this one out soon. I will likely try to force it into a bar and am wondering (1) if you think it might work and (2) if you think just about any granola recipe could become a bar? I just wonder if there is something standard re the difference in the recipes as I cannot detect one. The main difference seems to be in whether a bar is formed pre-dehydration or not. Can you clarify this for me please amie-sue? Thank you so much. Be well.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Nancy… ya caught me just as I was about to head to bed. :) This recipe, along with my other granola recipes, should be just fine to press into bars if desired. The main ingredient needed is a “glue”… in the recipe the dates should help the bar hold together. I have two other bar recipes that almost seem like they won’t hold in a bar, but they do… so I am confident that this one will too! It is best to shape into bars prior to dehydrating, that is my experience.

      I have come to love my bar press (sushi press) http://nouveauraw.com/store/pans_forms_molds/spam-musubi-sushi-rice-press-k5sps/. It makes it so easy to make them the same size and nice and compact, pressing all the ingredients together, good and tight.

      I hope this helps. Have a wonderful day, amie sue

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