In order to fully appreciate this blog post, please put on your buckwheat goggles now.
I've been making some crunchy-yummy granola lately. It's made with prunes, so if you know any laid back elderly folks you've been trying to impress, now's your chance. Or, if you keep company with a more uptight sophisticated set, simply call this raw buckwheat granola with cacao and dried plums, and you'll win their favor.
|Sprouted buckwheat groats, pumpkin seeds, coconut, raw cacao powder, prunes, flax seed, agave nectar, vanilla and salt.|
I swear, before you have time to even bat an eyelash, you'll be your town's Raw Granola Pied Piper leading the masses to toilets all over town. Or if you're my mom, you can lead them to the john, whichever.
Well not really. The prunes in this cereal just sweeten the deal, accentuate the cacao and add a bit of fiber and iron. They don't make you poop. At least not more than normal. At least not more than I usually poop. But I guess I should disclaim, if you're a big pooper, I cannot be held responsible for what happens between you, this delicious cereal and the ladies room. Dream big, y'all!
Anyway, I LOVE buckwheat granola. It's the breakfast wet dream of champions, and I've been eating endless handfuls of it since last summer. It's different every time I throw it together, but lately I've been basing it off the ingredients in this swanky and delicious commercial stuff I purchased during a recent road trip. I can only justify spending $7 a pop on granola during vacation-time, and even then it's embarrassing and a one time trick. So being the industrious lady-gal I am, I started making it at home. Viola! Affordable and sustainable.
I find making buckwheat granola a spontaneous meditation in xgfx eatery, I don't have a recipe and simply go by the a bit of this, a bit of that philosophy. Here's the gist:
- I usually start with about 4 cups of raw buckwheat groats that I soak in an abundance of clean water from 2 hours to two days. Drain, rinse really-really well, then drain again, it will still be pretty wet. Throw it into a giant bowl.
- Mix in about 1/2 cup freshly ground flax-seed, a little salt, some coconut and raw pumpkin seeds (sometimes I grind them into a powder, sometimes I add them whole), approximately 1/3 cup (or so) raw cacao powder and agave nectar to sweeten it up. For this prunish batch, I also added a huge handful of "dried plums" blended in about a cup of warm water. Sometimes I add a little vanilla extract and/or ground cinnamon, too.
- Stir it all together! Slather it on dehydrator sheets about 1/2" thick for a full day, then flip it out into a bowl, break it up into chunks and put it back in the dehydrator. I like mine super crunchy and dry, so I dry it for another full day. Plus it stores on my counter like this for weeks. (I haven't tried this in an oven, but if yours goes low, I bet it'll work if you mind it carefully).
- Makes about 1/2 gallon. Eat by the handful, or top with fruit and almond milk.