Healthy gRAWnola (granola) recipe

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Grawnola-recipeFill your fuel tanks with Fi Jamieson-Folland’s low-GI, mouth-watering treat.

Want a low-GI (slow-burning), convenient delight? Try my gRAWnola – the raw version of the popular favourite.

When? Ideal for breakfast, snacks, a meal-on-the-go, dessert, or even to top off a creamy-green smoothie.


Note: Ingredients with an * help to keep the glycaemic index (GI) of your food lower – GI means a healthier, slower energy release for you.

  • *1 cup each of raw cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, ** pre-soaked in filtered water overnight, and drained just before use
  • 5-6 medjool dates, pitted and pre-soaked overnight, in just enough filtered water to cover them, drained just before use and, if organic, keep this water separately
  • *2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • *¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons ground sea salt
  • *1-2 tablespoons coconut oil


1. Place your nuts and seeds in the food processor and run until you create the consistency you want (larger or smaller pieces according to your preference). Add the dates at the end of your chopping.

2. Place this nut mix into a large mixing bowl and fold in the cacao powder, salt and cinnamon. Finally, fold in the coconut oil until it’s well mixed in. Use the water from the drained dates to adjust the consistency, so it’s more like a ‘dough’, and not too wet. If you need more fluid, coconut water (unsweetened) is a great option.

3. It’s ideal to use a dehydrator for the final step, but if you don’t have one, you can use your oven on a low heat. Spread your mix evenly on the dehydrator teflex sheets, and dehydrate at 42 degrees Celsius (around 105 degrees Fahrenheit) until crispy (about 6-8 hours, depending on how crisp you want it). For best results with even drying, turn the trays occasionally.

If you can resist eating the whole lot immediately, place your gRAWnola in a sealed BPA-free container in the fridge. You can store in the freezer safely for a couple of months, and it makes a great topping for raw ice cream direct from the freezer.


Optional extras:

  1. For a tantalising version, add 3 or 4 squares of finely chopped raw, dark chocolate to your mix (go for the dairy-free options that are more than 70% cacao). Another option is a half cup of thin, dried coconut pieces.
  2. For some extra calcium and protein, thoroughly mix in a tablespoon of raw tahini (available from most good health stores).


Like the idea of making your own healthy, raw ice cream? Email me at with ‘Raw Ice cream’ in the subject line, to get the recipe.


Fiona Jamieson-FollandFi Jamieson-Folland D.O. is a Lifestyle Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a certified osteopath, PT, raw, vegan, gluten-free chef, educator, writer and health mentor. She lives in Auckland with her husband, Chris, relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.


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