Kitchen Stewardship’s Raw Grain-Free Cardamom Spiced Granola15
It is DAY 13 of “Raw Food Recipes with Excallibur” and to help celebrate our Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway I invited the life of the party, and one of Excalibur’s biggest devotees, the delightful Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship. To say this woman is HILARIOUS is an understatement. Every time I get an email from her, guffaws of gargantuan proportions are uncorked. This lady is so much FUN, and her fabulous blog is quickly becoming one of my weekly “must reads”.
Katie Kimball is a mother of three and home cook, who spends a ton of time in the kitchen making real food with whole ingredients and then blogging with good humour about her successes and failures at Kitchen Stewardship. A proud locavore, she also maintains a green lifestyle on a single-income family budget, and teaches others to do the same with her weekly “Monday Mission” challenges.
Katie’s blog is a deliciously informative “How To” website LOADED with fantastic information about eco living and preparing healthy whole foods. Some of my favourite posts are: the How to Make Water Kefir video; How to Wash Your Hair Without Shampoo; her Homemade Deodorant recipe; and her roundup of Green Household Cleaners, and the Homemade Fruit Rolls video. But there are TONS of other fantastic posts.
You can also find fantastic healthy recipes at Kitchen Stewardship. Check out Katie's delicious meatless dishes, as well as wonderful breakfasts, appetizers, soups, sides, and desserts. This raw grain-free granola is a glowing example of Katie's triumphs in the kitchen. What I love about this recipe is that you can get creative and make it different every time you make it, by mixing up the nuts and seeds, and fruit combinations. YUMMO!
This granola recipe is found exclusively in Katie’s fabulous eBook, HEALTHY SNACKS TO GO. Check out Katie’s other ebooks, FAMILY CAMPING HANDBOOK, THE EVERYTHING BEANS BOOK, and SMART SWEETS. Trust me, this lady has a WEALTH of information to share.
Katie is an Attune Foods Ambassador, and was listed as one of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers for 2012. Visit Kitchen Stewardship for "real food and natural living dished out in chewable, baby step portions."
Katie, thankyou for sharing your wonderful recipe as part of this Excalibur event.
You are AMAZING...
Kitchen Stewardship’s Raw Grain-Free Cardamom Spiced Granola
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- ¼ c. honey or any other natural liquid sweetener
- ¼ c. unrefined coconut oil (in liquid form)
- 1 ½ tsp non alcoholic vanilla extract
- 2 cups crispy almonds
- 2 cups other raw soaked nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans)
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds (*optional)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- 1 cup mixed dried fruit
- Mix the coconut oil, sweeteners, and vanilla together in a small bowl.
- In a food processor, chop the almonds so that they're the size you want, which can be quite small but not finely ground. Do the same to the second type of nut, keeping some larger chunks if you like.
- Mix the nuts, seeds, coconut and spices.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the dry ingredients and stir well. Next, add the dried fruit.
- Spread the granola in a thin layer on Excalibur dehydrator trays. Use teflex sheets or parchment paper to prevent the shredded coconut, sesame seeds, etc. from falling through. One batch takes up about 1 1/2 to 2 Excalibur dehydrator trays. I usually make at least a triple batch at once.
- Dehydrate at 115 for about 24 hours until fairly dry.
- Makes enough to fill a half gallon glass jar.
- Katie’s Note:
- If you soak your nuts for "crispy nuts," you can either soak the nuts and then chop them to incorporate in this recipe without drying first, OR you can chop the nuts coarsely, then soak them and use in the granola. Just be careful not to lose too many pieces through the colander when you drain the chopped nuts.
Piggy Cooking Tips
How to prevent sticking when chopping dried fruits
Chopping dried fruits such as dates, apricots and raisins can be a sticky mess. The fruit sticks to the knife, the board and your fingers. To get yourself out of a sticky situation just rub a tiny drop of cold pressed oil onto the blade of your knife. The fruit will slide right off after cutting.