Buckwheat & seed Granola

You will need:

  • 2 cups of raw organic buckwheat groats,

  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts or almonds (dried & activated if you have time – see note below)

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/4 cup whole flaxseed

  • 1/4 hulled hemp seeds

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp vanilla powder

  • pinch Himalayan pink salt

  • 1/4 cup natural Honey or pure maple syrup

  • 100g dried berries like currants, cherries, cranberries &/or blueberries

  1. Soak the buckwheat for 2-4 hours as it needs to absorb some water so that they don’t go too hard! The soaking also makes them easier to digest.

  2. After soaking the groats wash them very thoroughly as they let off a mucilaginous substance and drain well.

  3. Next, combine buckwheat groats in a large mixing bowl with everything except the Honey or pure maple syrup and dried fruit. Stir well to combine and then add the Honey or maple syrup. Combine it all together again until honey is evenly distributed.

  4. Line a large baking sheet/tray with baking paper, spoon the granola mix and fan bake at 100ºC for about 30-45 minutes. Buckwheat will still be a little soft when they come out of the oven but it will harden up on standing. If they are still a bit chewy, return the granola to the oven for a bit longer. Once out of the oven, add the dried berries to the granola and leave to cool.

Store granola in a large air-tight jar or container.

Activating nuts: Simply place the nuts in a bowl and cover with filtered tap water. Leave to soak for 10-12 hours. Drain the water off and rinse well. This removes the natural enzyme inhibitors on the outside of the nuts that make them difficult for our bodies to breakdown and digest. Place the drained nuts on a lined oven tray and place in oven at the lowest fan bake temperature possible with the door slightly ajar – I use a wooden spoon shut in the door as this allows just enough gap for moisture to evaporate). Dry the nuts this way for until they are dry to touch and easy to crack apart. The rest of the drying will happen with the granola. Again, this part is optional. The granola will still taste just as good without activating and drying the nuts.

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