Raw Cranberry Granola Bars
Another raw cuisine experiment with happy results. For raw to-go baby food I usually use avocados, but I wanted to add a raw granola bar to our to-go menu. This raw granola bar with cranberries is what I came up with. Maverick, who turns 10 months old today- HAPPY BIRTHDAY little man!- loves these things. Try them out and send me your tips, tricks and ideas for improvement.
1 cup oat groats, soaked overnight
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
2 cups cranberries, soaked 1 hour
1 cup chopped dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup maple as needed
3/4 cup flax meal (fresh ground)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Process groats in the food processor until reduced in size by about half. Add sunflower seeds and cashews cashews to groats in the food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Empty contents into a large mixing bowl. Add soaked, drained cranberries, flax seeds and sesame seeds to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Put dates, coconut oil, flax meal and maple (starting with 1/4 cup) in the food processor and process to a thick, creamy, caramel-like consistency. Pour the caramel mixture into the mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Transfer to two dehydrator trays with teflex sheets, forming two roughly 8’x8′ squares. Dehydrate 1-2 hours or until dry enough to flip. After flipping dehydrate another 2-3 hours. Cut them into bars and dehydrate the bars another 3-5 hours for chewy bars, longer if you prefer a crunchier bar. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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