Raw Strawberries and Cream Granola

 

 I am so ready for spring produce.  Don't get me wrong, I love citrus, apples and pears, but I am ready for strawberries!  I want to enjoy them so bad right now, but I know it will be a while before I can enjoy them here in Minnesota. Good thing frozen is always a good fall back when I am craving them when the texture does not matter in a recipe.  It is almost spring, so I thought I would break out a spring flavor and make my  granola strawberries and cream flavored.  

 
I used frozen strawberries, and it still turned out amazing.  How did I make the cream, you may be wondering...well, coconut!  Coconut is one of my favorite types of cream in fact!  Coconut butter did the trick, and made a creamy coating with some of the strawberries for a sweet granola.
 
I also tossed in some large flake coconut for crunch and some sweet almonds, since it is not granola without nuts in my opinion. It smelled amazing while "baking" in the dehydrator, like strawberry shortcake amplified.  It was really a wonderful thing to wake up to the next morning putting me into an instant good mood.  It tasted as good as it smelled too! Can not wait until strawberry season!

Raw Strawberries and Cream Granola
Makes about 8 cups

2 cups raw buckwheat
1 1/2 cups dried large coconut flakes
2 cups raw almonds, soaked for 6 hours and drained
1/3 cup raw coconut nectar (or more if you prefer sweeter)
1/4 cup raw coconut butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup filtered water
1 Tbsp raw coconut oil, liquified
4 cups fresh or frozen organic strawberries, sliced, divided

Soak buckwheat for 30 minutes, rinse very well (as it has a slimy coating that needs to be removed) and drain. Place in a large jar and set in a well lit area (natural light, but not in direct sunlight). Let sit for a couple days, or until little sprouts begin to emerge from the buckwheat, rinsing 2 times a day. Once sprouted, drain well, and place in a large bowl, along with the coconut, and almonds. In a food processor, combine the coconut nectar, coconut butter, sea salt, vanilla, water, coconut oil, and 1 cup of the strawberries. Process until smooth and pour the mixture over the granola, add the remaining berries, and mix well with your hands. Spread out on 2 dehydrator sheets lined with teflex, and dry for about 12 hours or until crispy. Can be stored in an airtight container for a few weeks at room temperature.



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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

6 Comments
  1. March 7, 2013 at 14:12
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    I love homemade granola, it's such a delicious condiment. Thanks for sharing :)<br /><br />Happy Blogging!<br /><a href="http://www.happyvalleychow.com/" rel="nofollow">Happy Valley Chow</a><br />

    • March 7, 2013 at 22:43
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      Thanks so much :)! It is one of my favorite things!

  2. March 9, 2013 at 23:43
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    Hi Amy. I'm right there with you! I'm ready for some summer berries, but my goodness, this turned out beautifully! Thank you for sharing, sweet girl!

    • March 10, 2013 at 15:45
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      I know right?! Thanks so much Monet! I am sure you will be making many beautiful things with berries soon and I look forward to drooling over them :)!

  3. March 29, 2013 at 19:40
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    This is my new favorite granola! The natural strawberry flavor is intense and it's highly addictive. Love it!

    • March 30, 2013 at 01:11
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      Me too! It is my favorite granola so far, I want to try it with other berries when they come into season :)!

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