Cinnamon Pecan Granola and Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you'd have an amazing holiday season and are ready to take on 2014! Do you have any resolutions or goals? Every January 1 I like to make a list of all the things I want for the new year. It's amazing that most of them end up happening (and some things might take longer than the year to come to fruition). There's something about the power of writing things down as opposed to just thinking about them or even saying them out loud. 
I'll also be starting my year with a 7 day sugar cleanse just as I have done in the past 3 years. A few modifications, but you can check out my past detoxes HERE. Its a body/mind balancing food plan for me. 

A few days ago I made a batch of delicious and crunchy raw cinnamon pecan granola. It turned out so great. It's delicious with almond milk and diced apple for breakfast, or great on it's own as a snack.

Raw Cinnamon Pecan Granola

1 cup raw buckwheat groats, soaked 2-4 hours
1 cup pecans, soaked 4-6 hours
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked 4-6 hours
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 4-6 hours
1 cup shredded coconut
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pinches himalayan salt
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2-4 medjool dates, chopped small

Rinse the buckwheat really well after soaking it, until the water runs clear (important or it will taste bad).
Drain and rinse the nuts and seeds.
Roughly chop the pecans.
Toss all ingredients together, adding the coconut oil last.
Spread the granola on 2 teflex lined dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 145F for 1 hour and then 115F for 30 hours, or until dry and crunchy.
Store in a sealed container or zip lock bag.

And on that note, I'm off to do some yoga and then make some grain free crackers! They make the perfect snack for me instead of chocolate when I'm off the sweet stuff 😉
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