Today I heard the words "apple cider vinegar is what makes this recipe fun!" escape my mouth and realized that I'm a pair of Birkenstocks away from living in a tree. I also felt a wild rush of excitement flow through my chest at the though of lighting a candle to watch while I ate my dinner- a feast for the eyes, I thought. I guess this is how it happens: a few days of nuts and grains and you become what you eat: granola. And speaking of granola, I made an (actually) delicious breakfast which is super simple too, if you have a dehydrator. They're called scones, though they taste nothing like them, so instead I'd call them chewy triangles (or bars or decahedrons, whatever you cut them into). They're orange-cranberry, and they're just the perfect way to start the day or if you wanna be a little naughty with a cup of tea. god, there's another line I never thought I'd write. Anyway, here they are, with a recipe below.
1 1/2 cups raw oats, soaked 8-12 hours and well drained (will yield 2 cups)
3/4 cup soft Medjool dates
1 tsp grated orange zest (but you can go a little crazy and do more, it only makes it better..)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, soaked 6-8 hours and dehydrated, chopped
Place the well-drained oats into a food processor and process until the oats are broken up and get sticky (doesn't matter who initiated the break up). Add dates and orange zest and process until the mixture gets a bit more dough-like. Transfer to mixing bowl and add in the walnuts and cranberries. Put the dough onto a parchment-paper covered dehydrator tray and flatten until it's flat like planet earth. Wait, what? Dehydrate at 110F or 43C for 5-6 hours or until scones are as hard as you'd like them to be. I kept mine overnight. While they're still soft and warm, slice them the way you'd like them to look. Then it's scone time! ;)