Alrighty-then. Here is it finally. I shared my attempts at a nut-free raw cereal with you on Facebook a while back and it has taken me many tries to get this puppy share-worthy. And I'm so excited to share!
First off let me say that making homemade cereal is driven by two forces. First off, it's part of my dedicated attempts to keep a low-waste green kitchen (see more about that here and here). You see, cereal produces a lot of waste. There's that nasty plastic bag, then the cardboard box...and you don't even get THAT much cereal. What's up with that!? Secondly, and perhaps most obvious to us all, making homemade ANYTHING is preferred as there is total control over the ingredients (and it's usually waaaay cheaper). So ditching store-bought cereal is actually one of my latest omissions from my kitchen cupboard And I have to say, I don't miss the store bought stuff at all. In reality, I don't eat cereal very much (mainly because it all has stuff I can't eat) but I love my homemade recipe. The verdict, thumbs up all around from the family on mommy's homemade cereal. We enjoy it on yogurt too, which always makes a nice breakfast or snack. Let me know if you give it a try. And perhaps with some homemade dairy-free milk: almond, hemp, walnut, or macadamia (my fave is walnut).
My lovely and supportive friend Shirley from Gluten Free Easily and All Gluten Free Desserts, All The TIme is hosting this month's Go Ahead Honey. And the theme: “When You’re Grain Free and Feeling Like A Nut, But Can’t Eat Tree Nuts or Peanuts!”
I'm SUPER pumped about this month's theme, as I don't personally eat a lot of tree nuts (can't digest almonds worth a darn these days) and I'm DEATHLY allergic to peanuts. So I knew this recipe would be perfect to bring to the party. I can't wait to check out all the other entries. Make sure you follow my sweet friend Shirley on Facebook and subscribe to her blogs. She is one lady you want to stay connected with! Thanks for hosting, Shirley.
Raw Apple Cinnamon Cereal
nut free, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, vegan
-2 cups organic raw sunflower seeds
-1 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
-1 cup shredded coconut
-1/4 cup raw hemp seeds
-3/4 cup coconut sugar
-2 cups peeled and small diced apples
-3 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1 teaspoon liquid stevia
-2 to 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon (I used 2 T in this recipe)
-1 teaspoon ground chia
-1 teaspoon psyllium husk
-1/4 teaspoon salt
1. In a large bowl add the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and cover with filtered water (about 2 inches over) and soak for at least 8 hours. I like to soak mine as long as I can, so I gave mine about 15 hours.
2. After they have soaked, drain and rinse (do not pat dry or try to dry the seeds, you need the moisture).
3. To the drained seeds add all the ingredients except the applesauce and stevia.
4. In a separate bowl (I used a 1-cup Pyrex) mix together the applesauce and stevia. This will evenly distribute the stevia.
5. Mix the applesauce with the seed mixture (your hands work best) and then evenly spread onto your dehydrator I spread the mixture onto these screens that come with the dehydrator. I do not use these fruit roll sheets.
6. I set my dehydrator on about 110 degrees, put in the laundry room and let it rock. After 15 hours I check for the crisp level. I dehydrate longer until that perfectly crisp texture is achieved.
7. The final mixture will be very stiff and pop out in a sheet, very stiff and crisp. Break into pieces and store in an air tight container. This will keep for weeks. But it never lasts that long.
Here are the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in the early sprouting stage after soaking for about 15 hours
(soak the seeds at least 8 hours)
Here are all the ingredients piled on the seeds
I like to mix the stevia with the applesauce so it's evenly distributed
Mixing everything together
Here is a link to the dehydrator I use.
It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
Press the mixture evenly around...
and make sure it's not too thick.
You can see it makes A LOT.
I dehydrate on 110 degrees for 15- 20 hours
But the ultimate test for doneness is when it's super-duper crispy!
I've also made Lauren's 5-Ingredient Healthy Cocoa Crispies (another great home-made cereal), and and if you like the CRUNCH factor in your cereal, this recipe is for you!! Lauren's recipe does NOT go soggy in milk (reminds me of grape-nuts). It's super delicious and I love how chocolaty it makes the milk. This is a must try. Here is my picture of her cereal.