|Fresh Bites: Apple Granola|
|Written by Joy Houston|
We all recognize the need to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into our diets, and cut back on processed foods; the question is how. Chef Joy Houston, who specializes in raw cuisine, has some simple twists on favourite meals that normally involve highly processed foods. Her three recipes substitute processed cereal with apple granola; sloppy joe in a can with a vegan, raw alternative that is full of fibre-rich veggies; and a gluten-free "pasta" dinner that is ready faster than you can boil a stock pot of water.
Commercially available granola tends to be very high in both sugars and fats, unlike this easy-to-make raw cuisine version. Mix up the flavours, grains and nuts based on your preferences and top the granola with seasonal fruit.
½ cup almonds (soaked 8 hours, rinsed)
Place the almonds, sunflower seeds, groats and coconut in a mixing bowl. Put dates, apples, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt in the food processor. Pulse until a paste is formed. Add the paste to the mixing bowl and toss well to coat. Divide the mixture over two dehydrator trays with Teflex sheets. Spread the mixture evenly and dehydrate at 115˚ until dry to the touch. Flip and dehydrate until crunchy. Mix in dried strawberries once the granola is dry. Store in an airtight glass container.