Dehydrated granola bars #2

Flaxseeds can be a nutritious addition to your diet, providing significant amounts of fiber, thiamine, magnesium, manganese and omega-3 fats. Proponents of a raw food diet recommend soaking grains, nuts and seeds before use to improve their digestion. Soaking ground flaxseeds will have a different result than soaking whole flaxseeds, however.

  • 1 cup whole Oat Groats
  • 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 2 cups Cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped Dates
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup as needed
  • 3/4 cup Flax Meal (fresh ground)
  • 1/2 cup Flax Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sesame Seeds

How to make it:

  • 1. Soak whole oat groats, sunflower seeds, and cashews overnight in separate bowls
  • 2. Soak cranberries 1 hour prior to use & drain all other soaked ingredients
  • 3. Blend oat groats until reduced in size by half
  • 4. Add sunflower seeds and cashews to oat groats and pulse for 30 seconds
  • 5. Empty contents into large mixing bowl
  • 6. Add soaked and drained cranberries, flax seeds, and sesame seeds to the mixing bowl and stir to combine
  • 7. Put dates, coconut oil, flax meal, and maple syrup in the blender and blend to a thick, creamy, caramel-like consistency
  • 8. Pour the caramel mixture into the mixing bowl and stir to combine
  • 9. Spread mixture onto single layer paraflexx lined Excalibur dehydrator tray
  • 10. Score the granola into 3" x 3" squares with a knife
  • 11. Dehydrate at 145 degress F for 2 hours then reduce the temperature to 125 degrees F and dry overnight
  • 12. Halfway through the drying cycle remove the tray and flip then continue to dry

 

Flaxseeds can be a nutritious addition to your diet, providing significant amounts of fiber, thiamine, magnesium, manganese and omega-3 fats. Proponents of a raw food diet recommend soaking grains, nuts and seeds before use to improve their digestion. Soaking ground flaxseeds will have a different result than soaking whole flaxseeds, however.

Whole Flaxseeds:  Nuts and seeds, including flaxseeds, contain enzyme inhibitors. This may make them more difficult to digest, but it keeps them from growing into plants when they aren't supposed to. Proponents of the raw food diet note that soaking these seeds in water for eight hours before using them, rinsing them in clean water and then dehydrating them at low temperatures will inactivate these enzyme inhibitors while preserving the nutrients and enzymes contained in the flaxseeds. You can then grind them and use them as you would ground flaxseed you purchase in the store.

Ground Flaxseeds: If you try to soak ground flaxseed, you won't be able to drain off the water. In fact, you'll produce an egg substitute. A mix of 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water mixed together will form a gel-like substance commonly used in baking as a vegetarian replacement for one egg.

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