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I love guest posts. Someone else does all the work and I get to sit back and kick my heels up. Brilliant! I should do this more often. The other thing I love about guests posts is that I get to promote the efforts of bloggers I admire and with who I share similar tastes. Very early on I began following Deanna of The Mommy Bowl for that very reason. I am excited to have her visiting today!

Guest Post: Deanna from The Mommy Bowl

Almost a year ago, I adopted Lexie for the Adopt A Gluten-Free Blogger event. Yep, I’ve been following what she does for a long time. We share a similar approach to cooking and eating—whole foods, limited sugars, gluten-free, dairy-free. So, when she asked me to guest post on her blog, I was thrilled.  

I recently posted a granola recipe on my blog. It was a huge hit with my son, and he devoured the batch instantly. Sadly, I can’t eat it. I’m trying to stick to a grain-free diet these days, and that granola is chock full of gluten-free oats. I was jealous.

But never fear, I would create a grain-free granola. And, go one better and make it a raw granola! And because it’s fall, and fall reminds me of apples and cranberries and cinnamon and spice, I let the fall vibe flow.

Cran-Apple Spice Raw-nola


1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw pepitas
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
¾ cup fresh cranberries
¼ cup fresh apple cider
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon dried ginger


1. In a large bowl, soak the cashews, pepitas, and sunflower seeds for 1-2 hours. Drain well.

2. Blend the cranberries, apple cider, maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. (I used a small Magic Bullet style blender. A coffee grinder would also work. It’s a small quantity, so your standard blender might not work very well.)

3. Mix the blended liquid with the soaked nuts and seed and the coconut. Spread on dehydrator trays and dehydrate until dry and crispy – about 12 hours. (You can also bake this in a low oven, but then it won’t be raw.)

Want to get really crazy with it? Add some fruit-sweetened craisins to the mix when you eat it. Or after it’s dehydrated. Either way.

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