Activation? What is it? Whats does it do?
The popular method of activation you may of seen around involves soaking seeds and nuts over night in salted (filtered) water before drying out in the oven (or dehydrator, if you lucky enough to own one) then next day. This method breaks down the naturally present phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors on the surface of the nuts or seeds to enhance the digestibility of nuts. Activation also allow for the start of germination and sprouting, which further makes the seeds more digestible and the nutrients more available to the body.
HOWEVER... if you DON'T have trouble digesting nuts and seeds, this step is not vital to your obtaining full nutrients from the body - much to what you may find one the internet. While activation is great, and if you have the time I recommend it, it is not a vital stage. Raw nuts and seeds are still an excellent snack packed full of protein, healthy fats, fibre and various minerals such as zinc and magnesium (which you can still digest without activation!!)
I created this recipe for a friend, she has an allergy to nuts - so I did not include any, but you couldn't easy sub in nuts for some of the seeds. The main reason I created this recipe though, was to help her combat her hay fever. Yes thats right, food can affect the severity of your hay fever. There are what we called antihistamine foods, foods that are packed with antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties to combat histamine symptoms. Seeds are a great one for that.
Cinnamon is also a great source of antioxidants and known for its antihistamine properties. But my favourite reason for including cinnamon in my breakfast - it helps to regulate blood sugar levels, ensuring you won't get a slump through out the day.
Now enough for the biology lesson, now for the reason you all came here... The recipe!
This granola is a great way to start your day, top with season fresh fruit and a dollop of yogurt (I love Jalna Yoghurt personally, no this is no an endorsed promotion, it just my pick!).
Activated Cinnamon Granola
1 cup Buckwheat groats
1 cup pepitas
1 cup Sunflower Kernels
1/4 cup flaxseed
1/4 cup sesame seed
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup dates, roughly chopped (or any other dried fruit you may prefer)
2 tsp cinnamon
Place the buckwheat, pepitas and sun flower kernels in a large bowl. Cover with filtered water and then stir in a pinch of salt. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm place over night (or up to 24hrs).
In the morning, drain the remaining fluid and spread out seeds on a baking tray. Bake in the oven at 100C for 2hrs. Keep careful watch over them, they may require longer until they are completely dry!
Once the seeds are completely dry add then to a bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients. Keep in an airtight glass jar for up to 3 weeks!