Raw Living Goodness: Gluten and Sugar Free Fruity Amaranth Grawnola!

I love granola, but I'm also inspired by grawnola, which is, as you might have guessed "raw" granola. Yup, instead of baking the ingredients, we dehydrate them. Both mixtures are similar and yet different. Grawnola tastes lighter and airier; whereas traditional granola feels denser and crunchier. It depends what you're in the mood for! I like to have both types around and since I have a dehydrator, I can whip up the raw version quickly.

I'm not strictly raw, but some raw food devotees will tell you that "living" foods are the healthiest. As a holistic health coach trained at Integrative Nutrition, I stress bioindividuality, so I think claiming one diet is the healthiest is up for debate. The cornerstone of Integrative Nutrition is to help every "body" find the right balance of whole foods for his or her body because we all do not thrive on the same diet and for the entirety of our lifespan.

Consuming a lot of living raw foods, however, definitely has a place in most everyone's diet. (Although my Ayurvedic doctor advises me, as a Vata, to eat raw foods with certain restrictions.)

I love the combination of this recipe, but feel free to be creative and come up with your own! Oh, and this recipe is also Clean Program compatible in case you're up for doing a great New Year's cleanse.

To your health and happiness!

Fruity Amaranth Grawnola

(makes about 6 cups)

  • 1 cup amaranth
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes (or oats if you can't find quinoa flakes)
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, raw
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (or fresh if you can find them)
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana (omit to make this Clean Program compatible)
  • 1 pomegranate (seeds)
  • 1 green apple (sliced with a mandolin or cut into small pieces)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey (omit or substitute coconut syrup to make this Clean Program compatible)