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Viva’s No Bake Granola

This recipe is a quick and healthy way to make a healthy breakfast or snack in 10 minutes or less.


  • 2 cups of nuts, preferably soaked at least 4 hours, then rinsed (almonds and walnuts are a nice combo)
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/2 other dried fruit (apricots, raisins, or cranberries)
  • cinnamon, nutmeg
  • agave nectar or honey
  • Optional: lemon or orange zest; 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • sesame seeds
  • 1 pinch of salt for balance


  • In a food processor, pulse chop nuts or run the processor until nuts are coarsely chopped. Add a pinch of salt if desired. (The salt is good for balance and salt/sweet cravings).
  • Add 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and dried fruit, and pulse chop/process until these ingredients are mixed and have a granola–like consistency.
  • Remove nut mixture from processor and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place dates, remaining sunflower seeds, and spices in processor and mix until fully blended. The consistency should be moist and sticky.
  • Remove mixture from food processor and place in large mixing bowl with the nut mixture. Fold into nut mixture. Add lemon or orange zest.
  • Drizzle with agave nectar (better) or honey, and stir again.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and stir lightly.

Serving Suggestions

  • Separate mixture into small pieces and sprinkle over fresh fruit. May be served with almond or Brazil nut milk, or your favorite “mylk.” (If you don’t do homemade milks, almond milk is the healthiest).
  • Sun dry or dehydrate for an hour or more and the consistency will be less sticky, easy for pack–and–go.

Recipe by Leigh Hopkins, Viva Institute