I love having granola for breakfast. Not only is it quick, healthy and filling, it has a delicious crunchy toasted flavour that pairs nicely with fresh fruit and kefir (my preferred way to eat it).
I started prefermenting granola because it makes the oats easier to digest, and doesn’t leave us feeling 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 prefermenting process causes the oats to break down and clump together in a way that will remind you of store bought cereals. I suspect that all granola factories start with soaked oats!
The recipe is for a straight-forward oat and nuts based cereal. Once it’s baked you can add in dried fruits for sweetness, and store bought cereal to lighten the granola. Personally, I like to mix rice puffs and cereal flakes at a ratio of 1 part granola to 2 parts cereal so that it’s not too dense.
- 8 cups of rolled oats (see notes)
- 2 cups mixed nuts and seeds
- 1 cup kefir
- Filtered water to fully moisten (about 2 cups)
- Remaining Ingredients
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup oil
- 1 cup of liquid sweetener (optional: honey, maple syrup)
- Mix all the ingredients in the pre-fermentation together and allow to soak for 8-24 hours. It's a good idea to mix it a few times during the process because the liquid will have settled in the bottom of the bowl.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly to combine. It will be difficult because the oats will be sticky and dense.
- Spread out in an even layer on 2 large cookie sheets and roast 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.
-You could substitute up to 2 cups of the oats with rolled spelt/rye/barley.
-I generally don’t include any sweetener, but I always add fruit to provide some natural sweetness. Granola without sweetener is a bit strange at first, but we’ve learned to love it.
-I accidentally burnt my granola once, so now I only cook the granola until it’s starting to brown, then I turn it off and allow it to sit in the cooling oven for a few more hours to finish cooking.