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The Mommy Bowl

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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.

Want to see more of the way I eat and cook? Stop by my blog, www.themommybowl.com.

Reader Comments (13)

Looks great! I love "rawnola". This one sounds delish, too. Thanks, Lexie/Deanna! :)

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

Thanks for creating an "oat-free" granola! My belly doesn't like even the GF oats so I cannot tell you how excited I am to see you've created what I've been longing for myself. I'm going to make it this afternoon :) Have a great day!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoriah

Thanks for having me guest post, Lexie! I hope your readers like it. :)

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

The recipe looks great! health yummy choice... nice to see it as a guest post, I like them too!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPriya

What a fab looking recipe and beautiful picture! Love Deanna!

November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol, Simply Gluten Free

Glad you've got your feet up, Lexie! Great job from Deanna. I love the looks of her granola! :-)


November 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Deanna, thanks again for sharing your recipe with us. I can't wait to fire up the dehydrator to make a batch. Waiting on that first shipment of cranberries to our local grocer : )


November 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

This looks so yummy! I've never made raw granola, but it's about time considering how deeply I've been delving into raw food these days! :)

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDesi@ThePalatePeacemaker

Deanna, this granola looks beautiful. I love the idea of it being raw. I really need to start using my dehydrator MORE!! I will definitely be making this this winter!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim(Cook It Allergy Free)

Yum! Save me a bowl. You two are a great combo - two of the most creative bloggers I know :) xo

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

Hi Deanna! I love the Mommy Bowl :)

I've still not ventured grain-free granola, but need to give this and the type with the buckwheat crispies (love those) a go.

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Sounds delish! Nothing wrong with good nuts and dried fruit :)

November 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

I love granola madly. It's one of the reasons I have a tough time staying raw. I really need to make a raw granola- thank you!

November 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

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