Vegetarian ✻ Grain-Free ✻ Gluten-Free ✻ Dairy-free ✻ Naturally Sweetened
This grain free date sweetened and sprouted granola is awesome for hiking, the kids love it as an afternoon snack, and it's really beautiful to give as a gift. It’s protein and mineral rich, super delicious, and great to make ahead! Below is a base recipe, but you can use whatever mix of nuts and seeds you like or have at home. I have also included some nutrient-dense optional add-ins for you to try. I always like to keep a batch of sprouted grain-free granola mix and bars on-hand and I think you will too!
Some insights on nourishment:
This recipe is sweetened with dates! Many granolas and bars are LOADED with multiple refined sweeteners like rice syrup and/or high fructose corn syrup which are not supportive for healing or nourishment. We limit/avoid highly processed sugar sources like these, as much as possible, so I love that this recipe. It is still sweet and inviting while supporting wellness goals!
Sprouting is fantastic, but a friendly reminder that just soaking is okay too!
It is important to soak or soak and sprout nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes whenever possible. Doing so, increases nutrient accessibility and makes certain plants easier to digest ensuring you get the most nutrition from each bite (1). Check out my post on Soaking and Sprouting Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, & Grains to learn more about maximizing the nutrition of plant foods and helpful tips on getting started.
Serving size for granola: 6.5-7 servings
Number of servings for granola: 1 cup
Number of servings for granola bars: 12 servings
Note: Cashews also work great in this recipe!
Kooienga, Mckel, MS, RDN, LDN. (2020, August). How to Use Soaking and Sprouting (And why it is beneficial!). Found on www.nutritionstripped.com.