Oil Free Buckwheat Granola Clusters
I’m back with another food post! I’ve been trying to adjust my diet little by little to make my eating habits healthier for the long run. I did an 8-week program before and lost 10lbs, but there was a lot of deprivation involved. If I succeed and get to my goal weight then you bet I’ll share with you how I did it. Anyway, I wanted to explore some new granola recipes and of course turned to my trusty Oh She Glows source. I found her recipe (here) for oil free buckwheat granola clusters so I wanted to try them out. I'll list her recipe here if you don't want to click over: Dry ingredients:
- 1.5 cups raw buckwheat groats (not Kasha)
- Leftover almond pulp (I had about 1/2 cup or so)*
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or other granulated sugar of choice)
- 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup (see below for other options)
- 3 tbsp sunflower seed butter (or almond or peanut butter)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 300F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. If using almond pulp, it will remain a bit chunky, but not to worry.
3. In a smaller bowl, mix the wet ingredients until combined. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are thoroughly coated and wet.
4. Spread granola onto baking sheet in a uniform layer. Bake at 300F for 20 minutes, roughly flip granola, and bake for another 18-20 minutes, watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Granola will be lightly golden on the bottom and will harden a lot during the cooling process.
5. Cool completely on the pan and then store in a glass container on the counter for up to 3-4 weeks (just an estimate).
Buckwheat groats have a bit of a chalky texture to them so if you’re not fond of that then this recipe is not for you. If you don’t mind that, I think this is a nice change from the usual oat based granola! These buckwheat granola clusters pair well with yogurt and oatmeal. Happy Baking :)