Raw Cara Cara Orange and Lavender Granola

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Recipes | 0 comments

I’ve been trying to incorporate more raw foods in my diet and for the time being at least that means I’ve been eating raw throughout the day and eating a cooked meal at night with my partner.  While smoothies and fruit and veggies are great, sometimes I just want cereal for breakfast. And this raw orange and lavender granola fits the bill perfectly.

Raw cara cara orange and lavender granola!

Raw cara cara orange and lavender granola!

What can I say about this delicious granola? First, the aroma coming out of my dehydrator while this was drying was amazing! Lavender tastes just like it smells and when it is combined with the orange juice it smells divine. Second, dehydrators are like flavor concentrators and so while I use only a tiny bit of orange juice and a couple of teaspoons of lavender, the flavor is intense. But oh so very very good! Third, the soaked and dried buckwheat groats give it a perfectly satisfying crunch! Served with a little vegan milk or yoghurt, this stuff is really yummy. 

Raw Cara Cara Orange and Lavender Granola
Serves 5
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Total Time
12 hr
Total Time
12 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw buckwheat groats
  2. Zest of 1 cara cara orange
  3. 1/4 cup cara cara orange juice
  4. 2 tsps dried lavender flowers
  5. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  6. 1/4 cup raw cashews
  7. 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Soak buckwheat groats for one hour in filtered water. They should double in size.
  2. Drain and rinse buckwheat groats well, dry a little with a clean towel and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add orange juice and zest, lavender flowers, maple syrup, cashews and pumpkin seeds and stir to make sure all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Spread out onto a teflex-lined dehydrator tray.
  5. Dehydrate at 115 degrees fahrenheit for 8 hours.
  6. Remove from dehydrator, break the granola up a bit.
  7. It will still be a little sticky at this point from the orange juice.
  8. Dehydrate for another 4 or so hours until dry and nice and crunchy.
Notes
  1. The length of time something needs to be dehydrated varies significantly. If you are in a humid environment, it will generally need longer. If it is really dry, you might need less time. The temperature of your environment also has an impact. So check the granola every so often and adjust drying time as needed.
  2. I love cara cara oranges because of their beautiful pink flesh and sweet, sweet juice, but you could use any orange you like.
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This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups. But you might want to double up! I went through it in just days!

 

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