I’m a huge fan of granola bars!! Everything from Clif Bars, Kind Bars, Nature Valley, Chewy Quaker Backpacking Bites.. you name it, I like it! Since I got this dehydrator recently I figured why not test out my own granola recipe. I looked a couple different ones on Pinterest then changed some of the ingredients based off what I like! Keep reading to see what yummy granola I created and how to make it yourself!
- 2 Cups of Quinoa (I used the Kroger brand and made way too much! If you are judging by the picture haha)
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- 1 bag of dried apple slices
- 3 red gala apples
- 25 dates (make sure they are pitted)
- 1 cup of raw almonds
- 1 1/2 cups of sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of salt
This recipe will make around 25 cookies! Originally I was trying to shape them into granola bars but I couldn’t quite manage that! It was much easier shaping them into something along the lines of a circle. (you’ll notice in the last picture!)
Also, I highly recommend this dehydrator! It’s easy to use and has so many trays for cooking at once! You can shop it at the end of this post. (It also comes in black)
Step 1: Prepare your quinoa over stovetop.
Step 2: Slice your 3 apples. You can keep the peel on them.
Step 3: In a mixer or food processor, place your cooked quinoa, dates, apples, 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, and salt. Grind until the mixture is completely smooth.
Step 4: Add your cinnamon. If you are a huge fan of cinnamon you can add a pinch or two more!
Step 5: Continue mixing for a couple more minutes to ensure ingredients are blended. Transfer the mixture into another bowl.
Step 6: In your mixer or food processor add the other 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup of cranberries, dried apples, and 1/2 cup of almonds. Chop the nuts, seeds, and fruit in a couple quick mixes. After, place the beginning mixture back in the food processor (with the other).
Step 7: Add oatmeal and the remaining quinoa, almonds, sunflower seeds, and cranberries to the mixture. Combine and mix well. If you’re dough is really moist you can keep adding pinches of oats to make it more sticky. Your mixture should not be runny.
Step 8: Spread the granola dough onto a plastic wrap or cutting board. Shape your dough into bars or cookies.
Step 9: Place your granola on the dehydrator trays. Cook on 140 degrees for 4 hours.
Step 10: After 4 hours flip the bars and dehydrate for another 2 hours.
(Note: If you like your granola bars to be very crunchy I suggest cooking them for another 8-10 hours. I like mine moist and chewy so I only left them in for a total of 6-7 hours)
Step 11: Enjoy!!
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I really enjoyed sharing this recipe with you all today! It’s something a little different from our normal fashion talk. If you happen to make these or try out the recipe let me know! I always want to hear how yours turn out or ways I can make mine better!
Hope y’all have a great Monday! xoxo, T