Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 3: Homemade {Raw} Granola

Day 3 of this raw cleanse has been tough for me. I'm exhausted.

Days 1 and 2 were late nights, with Brandon's gig and the Tribe game...pretty sure it was well after midnight on both nights before we got in bed. So the lack of sleep is weighing me down, not to mention I'm asking my body to do all of the same things on a very different diet. 

So, right now it's tough to tell if my exhaustion is coming from eating differently or because the lack of sleep has caught up with me. It's probably a little bit of both.

Here's what I'm eating today:

BREAKFAST smoothie, something with kale, almonds and lots of berries. I put it in a bowl, topped it with some nuts and ate it with a spoon. Again, please don't mind my messy desk...there is just no way around it right now. This kept me satiated until lunch...nice job, Smoothie!

LUNCH leftover tomato, avo and corn salad with some lettuce from our garden and some more homebrewed kombucha

DINNER red pepper stuffed with a sprouted buckwheat/sprouted sunflower seed/miso mixture with a few apricots

SNACKS ants on a log with bananas instead of celery (banana topped with almond butter and raisins), apple + almond butter, trail mix, homemade almond hummus and green peppers (wow, I snacked a LOT today!)

This raw granola recipe is a PL&B original, based on some raw granola that we got at the farmer's market (from Good n' Raw). The process is a little involved because you have to soak the grains and then dehydrate, but it's oh so worth it!

raw buckwheat granola
4-6 servings
prep time: overnight
dehydrate time: overnight

  • 1 1/2 cups raw buckwheat groats
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkins seeds)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • 10 apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  1. soak the buckwheat overnight
  2. mix the rest of the seeds together and soak for 15 minutes to an hour
  3. after everything has been soaked, drain and rinse
  4. in a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients
  5. spread plastic wrap across dehydrator sheets (if you have an old dehydrator like me, the newer ones come with teflex sheets so nothing can fall through)
  6. dehydrate overnight or just until the granola is still sticky enough to clump together, but not too dry that it all falls apart

I was actually surprised that the granola came out so well. I am going to play around with some different flavors and maybe add some fresh juice next time for a different flavor bolt. Maybe even some other grains to add as the base. I'll keep you all updated on the tweaks until we find my favorite!

Do you have any suggestions for additions/substitutes for this granola? 

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