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Ingredients

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • ½-¾ cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds (optional)
  • Dried fruit – unsweetened cherries, raisins
  • 1 cup freeze dried fruit – strawberries, mango, and/or banana (optional)

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas or 2 cups of mango
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • 1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl (EXCEPT for the freeze dried fruit).
  • 2. Blend the wet ingredients in a blender.
  • 3. Add the blended wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  • 4. Mix well and spread on a cookie sheet.
  • 5. Bake at 170 degrees F overnight (about 8 hours).
  • 6. Turn oven off and leave pans in oven to completely dry and cool.
  • 7. Break up any big chunks of granola.
  • 8. Add the granola to a bowl and mix in the freeze dried fruit.
  • 9. Store in an airtight container.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. If using a dehydrator, cook at 155 degrees F for 8 hours.
  • 2. Trader Joe’s sells freeze dried fruit and dried cherries without any added sugar or oil.
  • 3. You can substitute the bananas with 1 cup of berries or your favorite fruit.

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