Cinnamon Pumpkin Granola
Mineral rich cinnamon pumpkin granola is busy school day ready, and on the go for a fun filled autumn weekends!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
- 6 cups oats Not quick oats. If you are gluten free, be sure your bag says gluten free. If you are grain free, simply replace the 6 cups of oats with any combination of coconut shreds and/or coconut flour, and different variety of finely chopped nuts and seeds (brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, etc. I would NOT do all coconut flour or shreds however - it will be too dry. The coconut flour/shreds do not need to be soaked in the first step but any nuts or seeds do.)
- 2 cups buckwheat flour
- 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds finely chopped (I get mine at Costco. I buzz all of the nuts and seeds in my food processor pretty fine)
- 2 cups raw pecans finely chopped (I get mine at Costco. I buzz all of the nuts and seeds in my food processor pretty fine)
- 2 cups raw walnuts finely chopped (I get mine at Costco. I buzz all of the nuts and seeds in my food processor pretty fine)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 TB sea salt
- 2 - 15 oz cans of pumpkin any homemade squash puree will work here if you have it!
- 1 cup coconut oil melted stove top (II get the linked large container at our Costco)
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup raw honey you can taste your granola mixture for sweetness - I can get away with less but if you have older kids used to sweeter things you can bump it up a bit if you need!
- 1/4 cup organic molasses I get mine at Costco
- 1-2 TB cinnamon
- 1 TB vanilla extract
Put the oats, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and walnuts in a large mixing bowl along with the lemon juice and sea salt. Fill the bowl with water just enough to be able to stir it all together in a sticky mixture. Do not over water because we won't be straining this mixture after it soaks - the more water you put in the more that has to dehydrate out! Cover your bowl with a towel, and leave your mixture to soak on the counter overnight or 8-10 hours. This soaking process decreases the phytic acid in the oats, nuts, and seeds making them digest the best, as well as making more of their nutrients available to absorb.
After the soaking is done, put the rest of the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir well to combine. You can taste your mixture for sweetness at this point too. I actually use my big stock pot for making the granola mixture as it is easier for stirring!
Spread the granola mixture onto your dehydrator trays (this is the dehydrator I have!) and dehydrate at 125 degrees until the granola is dried out - this can take up to a day depending on how much water you used in the soaking process. You can dehydrate at a higher temp like 150 or 165 degrees which is what I choose to do often and that will take 8 hours or so - many dehydrator brands run differently on those temps so just keep an eye on them! Once the granola is dried out, you can crumble it into an airtight container and store in the pantry.