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Homemade soaked oat granola is a better alternative to store-bought granola. When people think of health foods, granola may come to mind. However, the granola you see in the store (even the health food store) may not be as lovely as you think. They are often loaded with added sugar and the oats are not prepared to be digestible. Plant based foods like oats contain phytic acid which blocks your body's ability to absorb nutrients. This is why phytic acid is considered an anti-nutrient. The solution is to soak your oats overnight to break down the phytic acid. It requires some planning, but it is well worth the wait.
We like to keep this recipe in our snack rotation or occasionally as a special breakfast treat on some raw kefir or yogurt. If you enjoy oats, check out my soaked oatmeal recipe.
Get that rustic, homemade goodness below.
Homemade Granola with Soaked Oats
- 2-3 baking sheets
- Large bowl
- 5 cups rolled oats (organic is best)
- 2-3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- filtered water (enough to cover oats)
Other ingredients of your choice (see suggestions below)
- dried fruits (I used dried blueberries and banana chips)
- coconut chips
- chopped dates or honey (for sweetness)
- chocolate chips
- nuts (see notes)
Soaked oats instructions:
- The night before, take your rolled oats and put them in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with enough filtered water to cover the oats.
- Pour your lemon juice or apple cider vinegar into the water and stir. Cover and let it sit overnight.
- The next morning, drain the water out of the bowl.
- Preheat your oven to 200°F.
- On 2-3 baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spread out your oats. Make sure to spread them out in an even, thin layer.
- Put your baking sheets in the oven for about 10 hours or until the oats are completely dried. Make sure to flip them halfway through.
- Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow to cool.
- Mix in your other ingredients of choice (see suggestions above) and enjoy! We love putting our granola on homemade raw kefir or yogurt.