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Fruity Granola Clusters (raw-vegan)

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FRUITY GRANOLA CLUSTERS (raw-vegan)

Granola is a great way to incorporate whole grain, fruit, seeds and nuts into your diet. Not only does it satisfy your taste-buds but it also starts your day with complete nutrition. There are many types of granola available commercially but I have found it hard to find RAW and VEGAN versions that don’t break the bank. Since I can not see my life with out granola, I decided to save some money and make it myself. It is also a fun way to experiment with different flavors and combinations. My FRUITY GRANOLA CLUSTERS are packed with lots of goodies, spices and formed into the best part about granola- the CLUSTER. I love grabbing a big handful of them and just munch away at them. They are also good with GREEK COCONUT YOGURT, topped with your favorite nut milk or a quick pick-me-up anytime during the day.

Makes about 75 clusters

1 cup organic dried oat groats

4 cups water

2 organic pink lady apples, do NOT peel, core and halve

1 small organic Meyer lemon, juice and reserve the peel for another recipe

2 TBSP dried raw organic goji berries

2 TBSP water

2 tsp. whole organic chia seeds, fine grind (I use an old coffee grinder)

1 cup fine chopped organic papaya

1/4 cup raw unrefined organic coconut oil, warmed

1/3 cup raw organic agave syrup

1 cup organic old fashioned oats

1/3 cup fresh young organic coconut meat, fine shred

1/2 cup raw organic sunflower seeds

2 TBSP fresh micro-planed cinnamon stick

1 TBSP fresh micro-planed whole nutmeg

2 tsp. fresh ground pink salt

1 TBSP fresh ground dried orange peel (from your orange peel grinder)

In a large mixing bowl, soak the oat groats in the 4 cups of water for 48 hours at room temperature. In a small separate bowl soak the dried goji berries in the 2 TBSP of water for 30 minutes or until fully plump, pulse chop the berries and the soaking water in your food processor about 10 times, you want it to remain chunky. Add the chia seed powder to this, stir well and allow to set up for 15 minutes, this is your goji jam. Fine shred your apple on a cheese grater and add to a medium mixing bowl. Add the Meyer lemon juice and mix well. Now add the goji jam, chopped papaya, warmed coconut oil and agave syrup to this, mix well, this is your fruit mix. Drain your oat groats and add them to a large clean mixing bowl. Stir in the old fashioned oats and mix well. Add the coconut shreds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, pink salt and ground orange peel, mix well. Now add the fruit mix to the dry mix and stir until evenly coated well, this is your granola mix. Use a melon baller and scoop out small clusters of your granola mix and place on the solid tray of your dehydrator. Dry for 6 hours. Use the melon baller to gently pack the clusters into a tight cluster. Continue to dry for another 10 hours or so, until they are crispy and fully dry. Gently remove from the dehydrator tray and store in an air tight container for up to 1 week (if they last that long!) NOTE: these are on the crumbly side because very little sweetener is used, no worries, granola crumbs are good too.

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