Raw-nola = a granola inspired recipe sans the cooking and made with ingredients you already have stocked in the pantry.
You know how the saying goes some of the best things are made when you’re not trying so hard, well I kinda made this recipe by accident. I was attempting to make a variation of my Ultimate Energy Seed Truffles from the NS Cookbook during my batch cooking day and well, let’s just say I ran out of a couple ingredients so I was improvising all while multitasking and left out a couple key ingredients for the truffle recipe.
The ingredients were in the food processor and I’m pulsing away finding that nothing is combining as it should become an energy truffle, but instead it was crumbly and similar to any of my raw tart crusts. As with any good cook does, you taste test along the way and it tasted amazing! It has the texture of a granola, taste of an energy ball, and the ease of making a smoothie as in it takes 5 minutes and one machine to make this happen.
This raw-nola is one of those recipes you can make ahead on the weekend (hello, meal prep day), and have for the entire week ahead for a quick breakfast, snack, or dessert. You can eat it plain, add coconut yogurt to it, add sliced fruit or berries, or pour homemade almond milk on top and treat it like a cold cereal. Regardless of how you serve it up, it’s going to be delicious and loaded with nutrients to keep your energy and blood sugars stable due to the fiber, plant-based protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates from the dates.
We typically get a lot of recipe questions such as “I don’t like dates can I use XYZ?” and while most recipes are only tested in a specific way, this recipe is not like that, you can replace anything in here to make the ingredients work for your lifestyle. For example, if you don’t like or have pumpkin seeds on hand try sunflower seeds, don’t have almond butter, use peanut butter, etc.