Cinnamon Mulberry Rawnola

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Rawnola is all the rage in the healthy food sector of Instagram. People put it on smoothie bowls, on oatmeal, over banana ice cream,  on coconut yogurt, or eat it straight out of the jar. If you’re oblivious to the craze, rawnola is raw granola. It’s has an oat and date base and is typically made entirely of whole foods. Unlike traditional granola, it contains no oil, no refined sugar, is not baked, and has a soft chewy texture. Sounds like a recipe for a good time. Count me in.

The best part about rawnola is that it takes all of 3 minutes to make, including the time getting the ingredients out of your pantry. It is easily customizable to your flavor and texture preference. I enjoy a finely textured rawnola, whereas many others enjoy rolling it into hearty chunks.

I recently ran out of my standard oat-date-coconut rawnola. When I started grabbing my ingredients to make a new batch, I saw a small amount of dried mulberries left in the pantry and decided to toss them in the mix with a dash of cinnamon. The flavor and texture turned out so lovely that I had to share. This is delicious over a creamy treat such as a Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie or over a nice hot bowl of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Let’s look at the two ingredients that make this rawnola so sweet and chewy.

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Dates: Full of fiber, dates are not only good for digestive health (they keep you movin’!), but also for heart health. They are rich in magnesium, which regulates over 300 biochemical reactions of the body. Dates are also high in blood pressure regulating potassium.

Mulberries: A great source of iron, dried mulberries help ensure that your tissues can access the oxygen they need while promoting the growth of white blood cells. The antioxidant riboflavin (vitamin b2) in mulberries defends your cells against damaging free radicals while vitamin c boosts the synthesis of collagen for healthy skin and cartilage. Mulberries also contain vitamin k, which is essential for bone tissue development and regulating blood viscosity.

Do you have 3 minutes to spare? Let’s make this sweet treat.

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Cinnamon Mulberry Rawnola

Ingredients:

  • 18-22 pitted dates (depending on the final texture you desire. I will note that Medjool dates produce the best texture and flavor. I only had standard dates at the time I made this)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes
  • ¼ cup dried white mulberries
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. I used the smallest cup on my bullet blender.
  • Pulse the mixture 8-10 times to reach desired texture. Add more dates if you want the rawnola to form bigger chunks.
  • Store in a glass jar in the freezer for maximum chewiness. Makes about 1.5-2 cups.

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Have you tried rawnola before? Do you have a variation to share? I’m all ears! Comment below!

 

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