I love pre-fermented granola for breakfast. It’s quick, healthy and filling, with a deliciously crunchy taste that pairs nicely with fresh fruit and milk kefir (my preferred way to eat it).
I started pre-fermenting granola because it makes the oats easier to digest, so I don’t feel sluggish and full after breakfast. However, I quickly discovered that it is also great way to make a crunchy toasted cereal without using a ton of sweetener. The pre-fermenting process causes the oats to break down and clump together in a way that reminds me of store bought cereals. I suspect that all granola factories start with soaked oats!
- 8 cups of rolled oats (see notes)
- 2 cups mixed nuts and seeds
- 1 cup culture (see notes)
- Filtered water to fully moisten (about 2 cups)
- Remaining Ingredients
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup oil
- ¼ to 1 cup of liquid sweetener (optional: honey, maple syrup)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Mix together the oats, seeds, culture and water. Allow to soak for 30 min up to 12 hours. Mix your granola three times during the first 2 hours of the ferment to keep it from forming large clumps at the bottom of the bowl.
- When ready to bake, mix in the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine. Feel free to skip the sweetener in this recipe.
- Spread out in an even layer on 2 large cookie sheets and toast at 250 F (150C) for 2-4 hours, stirring every half an hour until it's crispy.
- Allow to cool before mixing in any extra ingredients.
- Store in an air-tight container and eat within 1 month.
-Pre-fermenting this granola recipe is optional. If you’re short on time, mix in the liquid and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes so that you can enjoy a crunchy with granola without sweetener.
-Use any fermented liquid for the culture. Dairy products, vegan dairy products or kombucha will all work well.
-Personally, I don’t use any sweetener, but I always add fruit to provide natural sweetness. Granola without sweetener is a bit strange at first, but we’ve learned to love it!
Granola Mixed Your Way
- Substitute up to 2 cups of the oats with rolled spelt/rye/barley.
- Mix store-bought cereal into granola to make it less dense. Try mixing crispy rice puffs or cereal flakes at a ratio of 1 part granola to 2 parts cereal.
- Add flax seeds, sesame seeds, hemp hearts or chia seeds after the granola has cooked for some healthy omega fats and fiber.
- Adding dried fruits after cooking is a great way to naturally sweeten granola.
- Mix in some super foods to kick-start your day: bee pollen, maca powder, spirulina and whatever else your body desires.