I love this granola for several reasons; it offers something different by not being oat-based, it doesn’t contain any added oils (gets all its healthful fats from whole foods), it’s a delectable combination of crunchy and chewy, and it captures all the flavors of autumn. Enjoy!
YIELDS: Approximately 5 cups
- 3 cups raw buckwheat groats (available at most health food store bulk bins, or can be ordered online from companies like Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 medium apple of choice, finely chopped
- 4 pitted Medjool dates, finely chopped (alternative: 1/2 cup dried currants or chopped raisins)
- 2 or 3 teaspoons fresh ginger root, grated (here’s a great ginger-grating tip; alternatively, use 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger)
- 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (or, even better, vanilla bean powder!)
- 1 or 2 tablespoon(s) liquid sweetener of choice (i.e.: honey, maple syrup, yacon syrup, agave nectar, coconut nectar) (NOTE: Optional ingredient, if you choose to omit, you will have more loose pieces of buckwheat in final product).
- 1/4 cup each of any two of the following (hemp seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds)
- Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, ensuring that liquid sweetener and chopped dates are well distributed in mixture (you want to avoid large clumps of chopped dates).
Transfer contents to a baking sheet and evenly distribute/flatten out ingredients. Bake for 45 minutes (stir and redistribute ingredients every 15 minutes).
Once cooled, store in airtight container.
NUTRITION INFORMATION (For 1/2 cup serving, using 2 TBSPs sweetener, made with chia and hemp seeds):
25 milligrams sodium
8 grams fiber
2.5 grams added sugar
8.5 grams fiber
8 grams protein
Excellent Source of: B vitamins (except B12), manganese, iron, magnesium, potassium
Good Source of: Calcium, copper, phosporus, vitamin E, zinc