This is one version of my favorite stuff EVER: Raw Granola. Raw-nola is a breeze to make and I love using buckwheat because it give such a wonderful crunch like cooked granola!
Dates are low glycemic and high in iron. They are also incredibly nourishing for the body, hence why I call it RASA-nola. In ayurveda, Rasa refers to the primary waters of the body. In sanskrit, the word means sap, juice or liquid. It relates to the plasma, lymph and interstitial fluids. Rasa in the body also influences to breast milk and menstrual fluid.
Coconut is deeply nourishing, grounding and cooling for the body. My favorite part, besides the texture it imparts to this recipe, is that it contains Monolaurin. This is a natural chemical made from lauric acid, which is found in coconut milk and breast milk. It is used for boosting the immune system, preventing and treating colds, flu, herpes, shingles, infections, and chronic fatigue.
Buckwheat is not a cereal grain, but rather a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. It is suitable substitute for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Rich in flavonoids, these are the phytonutrients that extend the action of vitamin C acting as antioxidants and lowers blood lipid levels. Buckwheat is also high in minerals and fiber, and is a particularly good source of magnesium. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels, improves blood flow and nutrient delivery for the cardiovascular system.
Rasa = nourishment. When the rasa tissues in the body are healthy, a person feels satiated physically and emotionally. This is also why dates and coconut are some of my favorite foods for pregnant and/or nursing mamas.
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup activated buckwheat groats (or raw buckwheat groats)
- 1 tbsp nut/seed butter
- 15-20 medjool dates
- 0-2 tbsps water if your dates are not moist. Add if needed and gradually.
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until granola like consistency. Just pulse, otherwise you will get dough… then oh well, you can make raw-nola balls. (If you don’t have a food processor a blender wont work, and you will just need to hand chop the dates and mix)
- Top on fruit bowls, yogurt, eat like cereal, with smoothies, etc.
I have other versions that I love, that I will be posting soon. Let me know how you like it!