Recently I was out on a pick with Not Far from the Tree and came home with at least 10 lbs of beautiful pears. I knew they would all ripen at the same time and I would not be able to eat them fast enough. I decided to whip up a batch of this dried breakfast treat (or any-time snack), to highlight the sweet fresh flavour of the pears.
Here my simple recipe:
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 8 hours, drained and rinsed
In a large bowl, combine all of the bowl ingredients until well distributed. In your blend combine the blender ingredients. Blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. Pour the blender ingredient into the large bowl. Stir to coat all of the bowl ingredients. Spread the granola evenly across 3 or 4 Teflex-lined dehydrator trays (you could do this in your oven as well on the lowest setting). Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12-24 hours depending on the humidity in your area and how dry you like your granola.
I often add this to coconut or almond yogurt, green smoothies or chopped bananas for a crunchy textural contrast. It provides amazing fibre and a delicious ginger flavour.
The Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off will take place in Toronto on October 3rd. This year we will have a raw dessert category. If you’re in the city you have to check it out! Visit www.veg.ca/bakeoff to enter or find out more.