Friday, June 29, 2007

Nuts About Granola Base

Tools: Food Processor and Dehydrator or Oven (not raw)
Serving Size: Many

1 Cup Nuts: Almond, Walnut or try 1/2 cup of both

1 Cup Seeds: Pumpkin, Sunflower Seeds, I definitely use 1/2 cup of both
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup or preferred liquid sweetner
1 Tablespoon of Spice or Spice Combo: Pumpkin Pie Spice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.
2 Wax Paper or Teflex Sheets

Process 1 cup of Nuts in food processor until chunky. Pour chopped nuts into a large mixing bowl. Add rest of ingredients and mix until spice and syrup coat the nuts and seeds. Use Teflex sheets on dehydrator so nuts won't fall through or cut wax paper into round sheets with a hold in the middle to fit your dehydrator tray. Place nut mixture on sheets and dry until crispy, about 2 hours. Rotate trays and periodically (every 30 minutes) stir mixture to ensure even drying. Or, spread on a baking sheet and bake for an hour on the lowest setting. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes to toast evenly. Store this mixture in an air tight container. When ready to use as a granola cereal cut up some fresh fruit, add dry fruit, even some sprouted grains, oats, with almond milk. I sometimes sprinkle this mix on top of my Ice Fruit Cream and Smoothies.

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