Sweet Tooth: Coconut Vanilla Crunch Granola

Happy Friday everyone! Hope your week has been fantabulous! What are your plans for the weekend? 
It's supposed to rain in my neck of the woods, so I'll be playing in the kitchie with a friend. I'll take her through raw basic recipes like almond milk, pate/nori rolls, apple pie, banana ice cream, zucchini pasta with sun dried tomato marinara... and then we'll enjoy a feast!


On another note Philip and I have a winner (through a random number generator online) for our giveaway. Congratulations to Christine, who's favourite essential oil is eucalyptus. Your goodies are on their way soon, girl! 

This is my second Sweet Tooth post, and I must say, it's been fun to browse through my old posts in search of dessert recipes. It's a trip down memory lane, for sure! I just went back to my very first post (which didn't even include a pichy, if you can imagine) to discover that I've had my blog for 3 years and 3 months. 

Today's dessert menu features: Coconut Vanilla Crunch Granola, a recipe I came up with just before Christmas. It's photo popped up in a post I did on raw snacks: various flavored nuts, kale chips, and granola.  My "oldie" recipe is a Triple Berry Cake  (from a post in June, 2008), which I created in honor of Raw Freedom Community's birthday. A light, creamy berry cake on a nut crust - perfect for the warmer months. It can be made with your choice of berries. 


Coconut Vanilla Crunch Granola
Don't let this simple looking recipe deceive you - this granola is amazingly crunchy and sweet. I love to eat it with hemp milk and blueberries - but my favourite is eating it by the handful as a snack.  

Ingredients:
2 cups soaked almonds
3 cups sprouted buckwheat
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup soaked sunflower seeds
3/4 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup
3 Tablespoons vanilla water or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt

Instructions:
1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. 
2. Spread on teflex sheets. Dehydrate at 135F for 1 hour. 
3. Lower the temperature to 115 and continue to dehydrate for 15-20 hours, or until dry. 

Triple Berry Cake
Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts
1 cup pitted, packed medjool dates, chopped

Filling:
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 1/2 cups cashews
1/3 cup agave
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted cacao butter
1 tablespoon lecithin
2 cups mixed berries, set aside
(raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)

Instructions:
1. In a food processor, grind the nuts and dates together into a slightly sticky dough. Add 1 -2 tsp water if needed. 
2. Press into the bottom of a 6” springform pan, or into a pie plate.
3. Blend the first four ingredients until completely smooth. Add the cacao butter and lecithin. Continue blending until incorporated. Transfer 1 cup of this mixture into a bowl. 
4. Add the berries to the remaining cream in the blender and pulse the berries until they start to break down, keeping some texture. Transfer the berry mixture into a bowl.
5. Pour half of one cream onto the crust. Pour the other half on top. Continue, pouring the first cream on top, followed by the second.
6. Now, with a knife, swirl the two creams together into a pretty pattern.
7. Chill the cake for a few hours, or until firm.

Do you have any dessert requests for Sweet Tooth??
Let me know! 😉

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18 Comments
  1. March 26, 2010 at 04:27
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    Oooh, I just finished making a buckwheat granola, I'll have to try yours after I finish that one!

  2. March 26, 2010 at 07:26
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    Oh the granola looks great, as does that Purple Edible Work of Art!! Heathy, you are truly a raw goddesss!

  3. March 26, 2010 at 12:30
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    Granola and kale chips are the reason I have a dehydrator. Thank you for another delicious variation on a satisfying buckwheat cereal. Is your second e-book still in the works? Your first book as become my go to guide for impressing party guests.<br /><br />P.S. Will you still be in New York in early May?

  4. March 26, 2010 at 12:41
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    the granola looks and sounds amazing...question for you though, what is vanilla water?

  5. March 26, 2010 at 13:17
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    That granola sounds amazing! And that cake, holy crap, so pretty!!!! Have a nice weekend! :)

  6. March 26, 2010 at 13:25
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    This looks so great!!! Thanks for posting! As for a dessert request, I have a few for you :) I'm not sure if it's been done and I just can't find it, but I'd love to have a raw Moonpie (vanilla flavored) or a raw Oatmeal Cream Pie. I'm still looking for a cake that really tastes/feels like a nice spongey moist cake. I've had your cupcakes and they're very good :) I'm hoping my husband gets me your deserts book for my birthday in May!!!

  7. March 26, 2010 at 15:34
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    Delectable and congrats to the winner!<br /><br />xoxo

  8. March 26, 2010 at 15:36
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    My house smells like sweet vanilla and coconut. What a great recipe! Thanks!

  9. March 26, 2010 at 16:23
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    Hey girlie girl!<br /><br />Ohhhhhhh, your granola sounds divine! Jozzie and I might make it for our next D day if there's some extra space! I find that even 9 trays is just not enough sometimes! ;-)<br /><br />Oh yah, that berry cake is soooooo good! You guys just ought to try it!

  10. March 26, 2010 at 21:24
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    Your granola looks awesome and I love the simple ingredients! That cake...wow! Thanks for the recipe too:)

  11. March 27, 2010 at 03:50
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    Thanks gals! The granola recipe is simple to make and seriously awesome, if i do say so myself, lol. Warning, it's addictive!!! :)

  12. Anonymous
    March 29, 2010 at 02:59
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    This is perfect!<br />even better than cooked granola,might make it with less agave next time,it's very sweet.<br />great with raw yogurt

  13. March 31, 2010 at 16:04
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    your granola is AMAZING!! my boyfriend and i are devouring it! i added raisins, which were delicious, and i used walnuts, as i was out of almonds.<br /><br />thanks!! =)

  14. May 27, 2010 at 02:44
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    I have a request: how do you make the caramel for your turtles? I can't get mine to be chewy. Do you use a lot of dates? Is this a secret or will you help a pregnant craving sister out?

  15. May 27, 2010 at 03:59
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    Going to make the granola- looks like the kind I've been dreaming of. One little question....VANILLA WATER? not vanilla extract? OK, enlighten me. Inquiring minds want to know. Namely this one. Soon. Cuz I wanna make it.

  16. May 29, 2010 at 03:21
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    Rocky - oops! vanilla water= 3 vanilla beans, chopped, blended with 1 cup water until smooth :)

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