I've always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen once the cooler weather arrives. I have more patience when I'm not feeling the need to be out playing in the sunshine.
I love food... Love creating in the kitchen... and of course I love eating :)
Simple, Nutritious, Delicious Foods ~ One of life's Simple Pleasures!
Here's one of the recipes that I've dished up lately.
These granola bars are truly fabulous!!
I took a little of this and a little of that from several recipes I have read and came up with a winning combination
Glorious Raw Granola Bars
These granola bars do need a little planning ahead
but the steps are really easy and so worth it!
One of the ingredients are sprouted buckwheat groats
so you want to soak, sprout and dehydrate your groats ahead of time.
What exactly are buckwheat groats? I wondered the same thing and have pretty much avoided them for the past few years. Simply because I didn't know anything about them! Silly me. I've had a bag in my cabinet for awhile so I finally decided to get to know them a little better. To my surprise they are not a grain, which they do look like.They are actually a nutritious fruit seed of the buckwheat plant. High in minerals such as magnesium and potassium, phosphorous, zinc and copper, these little guys are really quite nutritious!
Soaking Buckwheat Groats
Fill mason jar 2 thirds of the way with the groats. (I used Bob's Red Mill)
Fit with a sprouting lid or a piece of cheesecloth secured with a rubber band.
Fill with water and let soak for 30 minutes.
Rinse well !
Sit sideways on your counter in a bowl or in dish drain for about 36 hours. Rinse twice a day.
You are watching for the little tails to appear... When they do, they are alive and sprouting!!
Rinse once more extremely well and dehydrate for about 8 hours at 105 degrees and they are ready
to use. You will have plenty of extra groats to use for whatever your heart desires! Sprinkle them on top of yogurt, frozen banana ice kreme, make a cereal with them along with your favorite fruits, nuts and seeds or top your chia pudding with them.
There are so many different ways to enjoy sprouted buckwheat groats. Be creative!!
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 heaping Tbsp sesame seeds
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tsp vanilla powder
2 Tsp cinnamon
2 Tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional but yummy!)
3 tbsp water
Pulse the almonds in a food processor until coarse
Add all other ingredients except the buckwheat groats
blend until it binds together nicely
about a minute or two
add sprouted groats and blend just enough to mix them in
scoop out in spoonfuls and form into bars or balls
whichever you prefer
Refrigerate and Enjoy!!
*** I just want to say that I am not really a "recipe" kind of gal. When I make something I really enjoy it's usually based on things that I've read that appeal to me. When a creative moment hits, I am rarely using measuring cups and never paying enough attention to exactly how I made what I did. Then of course if I love it, I want to share it here! I do my very best to recreate the recipe a second time before I post it here with measurements. The second batch, made as posted here, came out great, so I think you'll enjoy them! But the size of dates can vary, so if you feel it needs a few more to hold it all together once it's mixed, go for it! Or if it feels a little too moist, just blend a few more of your favorite dry ingredient in! Have fun with it :)
*~* Enjoy *~*
Let me know if you make them and how you liked them ~ I love feedback!!
Simple ~ Nutritious ~ Delicious
My kind of food!