Chocolate Granola

Ingredients

6 cups of organic nuts and seeds. We used 2 cups each of walnuts, almonds and cashews. 
1 cup organic sunflower seeds
2 cups of fresh organic dates, soaked a minimum of 30 minutes
1 cup of organic sultanas 
1/4 cup of raw cacao powder
2 vanilla beans 
1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon

Method:

1. Rinse your nuts and seeds and place them in a bowl. Soak for 6-8 hours, overnight is fine and then rinse well. If you have purchased activated nuts then you should omit this step.

2. Blend your vanilla beans to a fine powder. You might use your blender for this, or your coffee grinder. 

3. Add your vanilla beans with the dates, cacao powder and cinnamon to your food processor. Process using the S blade until a paste is made. You can add water if you need to. It shouldn't be runny, but you should be able to stir it well. 

4. Mix together the date paste with your sultanas, nuts and seeds. Make sure you stir through the mixture so that all of the nuts and seeds are well coated with the date mixture. 

5. Spread this sticky, nutty, scrumptious mixture onto some non-stick sheets in your dehydrator. Dehydrate for an hour on 65°C and then drop the temperature to 45°C and dehydrate until the nuts are dry and crunchy. After a few hours you can flip the mix onto a mesh sheet and continue drying from there. 

Depending on the accuracy of your dehydrator temperature, and the length of time your notes were soaked, AND the type of nuts used, this can take anywhere from 36-48 hours. I once forgot I was soaking the nuts and had them in the water for a full 24 hours. That batch took two and a half days to dry out. By then I'd eaten a good half of it!

Allow the granola to completely cool on a before breaking it up into airtight containers. This will last for months in an airtight container. You can also store it in the fridge or freezer if you don't trust the seal on your containers. 

Serve with your favourite nut milk or coconut milk, or make some coconut yoghurt and make a parfait! This is also a wonderful trail mix or nice to have on the table as nibbles when guests come to visit. 

We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

NOTE:

This recipe lends a light chocolate flavour. Double the amount of cacao used for more intensity. If you do this, you will most likely need to add more water to your date mixture. Yum!

Variations:

  • Try adding some goji berries to this. Delish!
  • This is heavenly with some orange zest through it. Try it! You can also soak the nuts in orange juice.
  • Add a few drops of your favourite mint essential oil to the date mixture before mixing it in with the nuts for a choc mint hit. Who doesn't like that?
  • (recipe from Raw Pleasue website, thank you)