"Incredible Chipotle Salad"
2 cups almonds, divided into ¾ cup (soaked) and 1 ¼ cup, roughly chopped
½ cashews, rinsed
10 oz dark chocolate (60% + raw cacao)
½ - ¾ cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ teaspoon sea salt
12 cups rolled oats
½ cup wheat germ (optional)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds or other type of seeds or nuts
½ - 1 cup dehydrated raspberries or cherries
Using a high speed blender, place ¾ cup almonds, cashews, chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt in blender container and blend at high speed until smooth and cream. If necessary, add two tablespoons of water at a time to get a somewhat pourable, creamy mixture. This mixture will be used in place of adding oil. Set aside.
Add the 1 ¼ cup of almonds, oats, wheat germ and sunflower seeds (or any combination of seeds). Mix well and then take the chocolate – almond mixture and drizzle over the oat mixture. Using a spoon, gently stir the almond-chocolate mixture into the oats until almost all the mixture is moist. At this time, add the dried fruit and gently mix again.
To prepare the baking pan, take parchment paper and line three or four ½ size baking pans and then spread out the moist granola mixture, keeping as many large chunks as possible. Don’t make the layers too thick or it will take longer to dry out.
Add pans to an oven that is no more than 175 degrees F. It usually takes around two hours to dehydrate in the oven, depending on humidity, etc. Actually, dehydrating at lower temps are better but will take longer. If you have a dehydrator, this would be a good time to use it. Dehydrate at 120 degrees F, for at least 4 -6 hours; longer if not completely dry.
When completely dehydrated, store in an airtight glass jar with a screw top lid. Will keep for three to six months.
When you add milk to the granola, it will make a yummy chocolate milk.
Don’t be hesitant about changing up the ingredients. You may want to add hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds raisins, dried apricots, etc. Some have even added spices such as cinnamon and cardamom.
This recipe is a whole food recipe and contains no fractionated fats. It is not low calorie but small amounts are usually filling and satisfying.