Saturday, August 11, 2012

Raw Chai Granola- Grain Free

Last weekend I took part in my second food and craft swap.  It was my first time participating in this particular group (Sarasota Swappers) and I was so excited to finally be able to take part.  I’ve been trying for about six months but with Andy gone, it just wasn’t happening.  I’ve been taking full advantage of having daddy around and he was an excellent sport, putting up with my excessive crafting and cooking prior to the event. 
The swapping concept is pretty simple- you can bring anything homemade or homegrown and then trade for things others bring that you like.  I brought a lot of different things including cookies, kombucha, herbal tea, dryer balls, cards, and bath salts.  The biggest hit was this granola though. 

I wish I had brought more because everyone wanted to trade for it!  I ended up trading almost everything I brought though.  This is the stash of really cool stuff I came home with.

I’m already looking forward to my next swap and thinking of cool gift ideas in preparation for Christmas.  In the mean time, I’ll be making up lots of this granola for our house.  We’ve been going through a batch every week or two.

Andy has been eating it by the handful in the morning since he leaves early for work before breakfast is ready.  I finally convinced him to try it like a cereal with almond milk and he loves it!

This recipe is a rework from this one over at The Spunky Coconut.  I've modified it to make it almost entirely raw (you can make it entirely raw with dehydrated almond pulp instead of almond flour) and changed the spices to our liking.  I also eliminated most of the sweetener since this version is plenty sweet for us.  I love that raw honey and apples is all that is needed to sweeten this recipe.

Raw Chai Granola

2 cups sliced almonds
2 cups walnuts
¼ cup water
¼ cup raw honey

1 ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½ cup almond flour or dried almond pulp
2 apples, ground or shredded
3 tbsp chia seed
¼ cup hemp seed 

½ tsp sea salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp black pepper

Soak almonds and walnuts in filtered water for 8 hours.
In a small bowl or measuring cup whisk honey and water.
Rinse nuts well and combine in a large bowl with coconut, almond flour, apples and water-honey mixture.
In a blender or food processor (I use my magic bullet) grind chia seed into chia meal.
Add remaining ingredients to chia meal and mix well.
Pour chia mixture over the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Divide the mixture between two dehydrator trays lined with paraflexx sheets, plastic liners or parchment paper.
Press granola flat so it is about the same thickness over the entire sheet.
Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 10-14 hours, flipping halfway through.
*Note: dehydrating time will vary depending on how wet the mixture is and your dehydrator.  It is best to check on the granola every couple of hours the first time you make it.  The granola should be completely dry and crunchy when it is "done."

You'll end up with a large batch of deliciousness perfect for breakfasts or snacks.  Be careful though, it's addictive!

This post was shared at Living Simple ThursdaysPennywise Platter, and Keep It Real Thursdays.


  1. Hi. Wondering if I could replace the almond flour with coconut flour. I am waiting for my almond flour to get here, but would really like to make some. Thx so much for all the great recipes!

    1. I don't think coconut flour would work in this recipe because it has such a fine consistency. If you have some almonds, try grinding them in a food processor or blender to make almond meal- it will work fine even with the skins on. Hope this helps!