I'm finally back with another post! If you noticed that things were a bit quiet on here for the past week and a half, the reason is that I was away at another conference, which kept me extremely busy! My sister and I were both invited to attend a conference in Seoul, South Korea and I just got back this weekend. It was nice to return to some slightly warmer weather here in Ontario, since it was freezing in Seoul!
I was planning on doing another travel post to share some of the food that I ate on my trip, but it turns out that I really didn't have any interesting meals while I was there. The only authentic Korean dish that I tried was a vegetarian bibambap (rice with lots of different vegetables and spicy Korean red pepper paste), which I shared on my Facebook page. If you're interested in seeing more, you can check out my sister Natalie's post about our trip on her blog Once Upon a Cutting Board.
Since there wasn't a lot of vegetarian food readily available in Seoul, I was glad that I had brought some of my own snacks with me. The day before I left, I made a batch of granola to bring along, and I liked it so much that I had to recreate it as soon as I got home so I could share the recipe with you!
Ever since I tried this buckwheat snack from SaSha Co., I've been wanting to make my own version of a granola using toasted buckwheat (also called kasha). Kasha is a heart-healthy whole grain made by toasting raw buckwheat groats, and is a great option to use as a base for gluten-free granola instead of oats.
I also added some uncooked millet to my granola, both for its nutrients and to add extra crunch! Along with the millet, I included slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, cherries and raisins as additional mix-ins. Everything got coated in a mixture of almond butter and agave syrup and baked in the oven in a single layer to help it clump together.
After coming out of the oven, the kasha and millet took on an even stronger toasted, nutty flavour that I loved. This is an extremely crunchy granola, so it's perfect for adding to milk or yogurt without getting mushy - this is actually the first cereal that I've been able to enjoy in a bowl with almond milk in a long time - it survived a photo shoot and was still perfectly crunchy by the time I was able to eat it afterwards!
I also liked that it wasn't too sweet, so it made a good snack for munching on its own too, which I did throughout my long journey to and from Korea!
Toasted Buckwheat & Millet Granola
Adapted from Mitten Machen
1 cup toasted buckwheat (kasha)
2 tbsp uncooked millet
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Dash of kosher salt
2 tbsp almond butter
2 tbsp agave syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried fruit such as cranberries, cherries, and/or blueberries
2 tbsp sultana raisins
Preheat oven to 325°F.
In a large bowl, mix together the toasted buckwheat, millet, coconut, almonds, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
If your almond butter is on the thick/harder side, microwave it on medium power for 15-30 seconds, until it is thin and pourable. Add the agave and vanilla to the almond butter and whisk to mix together. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Spread mixture onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Press down with a rubber spatula to form a large rectangle that holds together. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and add the pepitas and sunflower seeds. Flip the mixture with a spatula and press together again to form a rectangle. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle the dried fruit and raisins over the mixture, then press them down with a spatula. Let cool completely on the baking sheet without stirring. Once cool, break granola up into pieces. Store in a bag or airtight container.
This was submitted to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert & Dogs.