Over the last couple years, I have tried granola recipes from…
Little Birdie Secrets
Natural Health Information
Passionate Homemaking, &
Health Begins With Mom
& I have discovered a few things…
1. Soaking & dehydrating feels best on our tummies. Plus it makes our home smell A-M-A-Z-I-N-G while it’s dehydrating.
2. Extra virgin coconut oil tastes delicious, but can be overwhelming sometimes, so we make a coconut-y granola every-other-time.
3. Wheat germ is not as healthy as you think.
4. Neither is brown rice syrup.
5. We prefer our granola mostly plain. Nuts & dried fruit belong in trail mix. 🙂
So now I use this recipe & method…
- 6 C organic rolled oats
- 2 C freshly ground organic whole wheat flour
- 1/2 C ground flax meal (or freshly ground flax seeds)
- 1 C kefir
- 1 C dried unsweetened coconut (only if I’m using extra-virgin coconut oil)
- 1 C coconut oil (expeller pressed or extra-virgin)
- 1 C healthy sweetener (combination of honey & maple syrup)*
- 1 T sea salt
- 1/2 T organic cinnamon
- 1 T real vanilla extract
*you can use sucanut, but may need to add 1/2 – 3/4 C warm water to step 4, or else your granola may turn out very dry.
1. Combine oats, flour, flax meal, & kefir in your electric mixer or a large bowl. Cover & let sit on the counter or in your oven (turned off, of course) for 12-24 hours. The longer the better, in my opinion.
2. Add dried unsweetened coconut (if using), salt, & cinnamon to the soaked mixture. Mix.
3. Mix the coconut oil, honey-maple syrup, & vanilla in a sauce pan over low.
4. Pour wet mixture into oat mixture. Mix well.
5. Spread granola onto dehydrator trays (parchment paper lined, if needed) & dehydrate for 12-24 hours. To save your fingers from some rough work later on, break up your granola into smaller clumps half way through the drying time.
6. Break up large clumps & store in an airtight container in the pantry. Will stay fresh for at least 3 weeks (we eat ours too quickly to know if it lasts longer than that, hehe).
7. Enjoy plain, with yogurt, with raw milk, with vanilla ice cream, or on top of pancakes (once the batter gets bubbles, toss on a little granola & flip!). Yum!