Raw Date and Oat Granola

I’m a big fan of granola. Always have been. I’m not so much a fan of all the oil and sugar that is usually added into most granolas you can find at the store.

Cue the dates.

Or any other sticky dried fruit for that matter. Figs and raisins come to mind. They make a great substitute for oil and sugar in granola helping things stick together and taste sweet.

This is a simple granola that is ready in about 5-10 minutes since it’s not a baked variety. I love it atop a smoothie bowl, in a bowl with some plant milk, or straight from hand to mouth. I suspect it would be just as tasty as a topping for some vegan ice cream but have yet to try that.

Did you know that eating uncooked oats is great for gut health? Uncooked oats contain more resistant starch than cooked oats. Resistant starch helps increase the growth of beneficial bacteria in our gut which is a very good thing. This helps to crowd out any pathogenic bacteria which helps promote a balanced microbiome.

Beyond improved gut health, this granola is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc plus some omega 3 fatty acids from the oats and seeds. Yes, it’s true oats contain omega-3s. Cool, right?

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Date and Oat Granola

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups uncooked rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 TB unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
  • 1 TB ground flaxseed
  • 1 TB hemp seeds or chia seeds
  • generous sprinkling of ginger powder and cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Soak dates in a bit of water for 10 to 15 minutes, specifically if dates are on the dry side then drain them.
  2. Put pumpkin seeds into aΒ foodΒ processor and blend until they are broken up.
  3. Add drained dates and blend until they are incorporated with pumpkin seeds.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients: oats, coconut flakes, flaxseed, hemp or chia seeds, spices, and salt.
  5. Process until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Enjoy!

*Note: I’ve also rolled these into little granola energy balls to make an on the go snack. Yummy either way!

 

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