Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What to do With Carrot Pulp?! : Raw Chai Spiced Granola

Hi all! I hope you're all doing well. Well, today I have for you all another recipe that makes use of carrot pulp! Woot! I love how easy it is to incorporate carrot pulp into everyday dishes and treats like the recipe I showed you and the ones thereafter. Yesterday I put carrot pulp into a bean and quinoa dish (or mush as we like to call them haha...) that I made for  me and my love. It was so good and I loved the extra texture it gave the dish. Plus, it upped the fiber content. :) I love getting me some extra fiber. Hehehe...

Today's recipe is a raw granola recipe that is super duper yummy, crunchy and super filling. I kind of went all out in this recipe and also included some extra almond pulp that was laying around in my fridge. I love using up leftovers and not wasting things. :) However, I know that a lot of you may not have access to almond pulp or the other ingredients listed so I will put substitutes for the ingredients to make it easier and more accessible. I kind of feel that there is no imperfect or wrong way to make raw granola. It always comes out darn tasty and it's super easy! Here is a basic recipe/ratio:

Raw Granola:
-300 grams (2 cups) buckwheat
-150 grams (1 cup) nuts or seeds (or both)
-150 grams (1 cup) chopped dried fruit (if big) or left whole if small (such as raisins, apricots, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, mulberries, goji berries, etc)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or powder)
-spices/flavorings (such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest, lemon zest, almond extract, etc)
-a good size pinch of Himalayan pink salt
-350 grams pitted dates (2 1/4 cups) (more or less depending on your sweetness preference)
-250 grams (1 cup) water

Soak buckwheat for about 1/2 hour and nuts/seeds for about 4-6 hours (or until they look saturated or plump). Mix in bowl with dried fruit, flavorings, and salt. Set aside.
Blend the dates and water until smooth. Add to the buckwheat mixture and mix to combine.
Spread evenly onto nonstick dehydrator sheets about 1/4 inch thick and dehydrate at 135 degrees for 1 hour and decrease the temperature to 115 degrees. In about 3 hours you can flip the granola onto the mesh sheet and dehydrate until the granola is crisp and dry. Break apart and enjoy!

Now, here is the grand finale! Or the recipe that actually includes the carrot pulp! :P Eat up!! :)

Raw Chai Spiced Granola

This recipe uses the pulp and juice from the carrots so be sure to save that juice and drink up any you have left. The carrot juice enhances the carrot flavor making it extra yummy. :)

Yield: 2 15 sq. ft trays
Servings: Varies 
Prep Time: ~30 minutes (not including soak and dehydration time)

150 grams raw buckwheat groats (1 cup)
90 grams walnuts (1 cup)
200 grams carrot pulp (2 cups lightly packed)
200 grams almond pulp (or ground almonds or more carrot pulp) (1 packed cup)
70 grams shredded coconut (1 cup)
3 tablespoons hemp seeds (hearts)
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom  
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fine Himalayan pink salt

255 grams pitted dates (1 2/3 cup lightly packed) (chopped after measuring)
250 grams carrot juice (1 cup)
80 grams coconut sugar (1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In one bowl, soak the buckwheat in water for about 30 minutes. Drain, rinse well and set aside. In another bowl, soak the walnuts in water for about 6 hours. Drain and set aside. This can all be done a day before you want to start the recipe.

In another large bowl, add the soaked buckwheat, soaked walnuts, carrot pulp, almond pulp, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger. cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and salt and mix well until the ingredients are all evenly distributed.

In a blender, blend up the dates, carrot juice, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract until completely smooth. Add to the bowl with the buckwheat and mix until completely combined.

Spread this mixture evenly onto 2 nonstick dehydrator sheets about 1/4 inch thick and dehydrate at 135 degrees for 1 hour. Decrease the temperature to 115 degrees. In about 3 hours you can flip the granola onto the mesh sheet and dehydrate until the granola is crisp and dry (about 12 - 16 hours depending on the humidity). To speed up the dehydration time, you can break the granola up a little bit to increase the drying surface area. Break apart into clusters and enjoy!

  • If you do not have any walnuts, hemp seeds (hearts), or chia seeds, fear not! The walnuts can be subbed out for any other nut that suits your fancy! Pistachios would be great here, but soaking times may vary for different nuts. Here is a quick guide on nut soaking times: Soaking and Sprouting Chart. The hemp seeds can be subbed out for any other seed, such as sunflower, pumpkin, or sesame seeds. Those soaking times can also be seen in the above chart. Fortunately, hemp seeds need not be sprouted! Flax seeds can be a great substitute for the chia seeds.
  • You could also swap the almond pulp, coconut shreds, and carrot pulp with each other or for another ground nut or seed (except for ground flax or chia). Mix it up and have fun!
  • If you don't have coconut sugar, you can use more dates, maple syrup, or coconut nectar. 

Snack time! :D

This granola is very, very filling but is so good with some fresh made almond milk or on top of a green smoothie. Yums! I didn't include the CRON-O-Meter information for this recipe because it does not contain the nutritional information for two big ingredients: almond pulp and carrot pulp and because if I were to substitute the same amount of almond pulp for ground almonds, the calorie content sky rockets. I know that ground almonds are much more calorie dense than almond pulp so the figure would be way off. 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and I can't wait to share the next recipe coming up! It's super yummy and flavorful! Thank you all for taking the time to stop by and I appreciate every one of you. Feel free to ask me any questions! Take care! :)

Rawnessa <3

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