Paleo – the cereal killer
I’ve had a lot of people ask me how paleo’s going, and what health benefits I’ve seen. And my first instinct is to say ‘crappy’ and ‘none’, but that’s not actually true. Yes, I’ve cheated — a lot. And no, I haven’t lost much weight (about 3 lbs or so depending on the day) – but despite cheating, I have seen some benefits to sticking to paleo 70% (ish) of the time.
Some of these benefits include better skin (not perfect by any means, but I’ve absolutely seen a change my complexion), a noticeable increase in my energy levels (when I don’t cheat), and what I perceive to be an increased immunity. I’ve started to get sick several times over the past few months, but each time it’s sort of passed me over. Is that because of paleo? Or the fact that I started downing airborne like it was going out of style? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
But I digress. One of the things that I haven’t cheated on paleo with is cereal — grains are a no-no, which means cereal is a killer, and even though yes, I’ve eaten bread quite a bit (on average once or twice a week), I haven’t touched the boxed sugary snack despite it being one of my most-favorite foods.
This weekend, I really, really started to miss cereal. So much so that I almost drove to the grocery store to snag a big ol box of my former favs, mini wheats. And then I thought to myself, ‘hmmm, I wonder if I could make a paleo cereal?’. I played around with some ingredients, brought out my beloved silpat baking mat, broke out some raw nuts and coconut, and voila. 20 minutes later I was eating a tiny but satisfying bowl of perfectly paleo cereal.
Want to try it? I know you do. Here’s my recipe from memory — feel free to adjust any measurements and use whatever raw nuts and fruit you have in the house — it’s not exact by any means and I’m confident that most combos would work just fine.
1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped
1/2 cup raw almonds chopped
a big old handful of shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 apple, peeled and chopped finely
4 tbsp (or a small fistful) of dried cherries or other dried fruit
1 tbsp coconut oil, butter, or some other fat of your choice
1 tbsp or so of either honey or maple syrup (I know neither is truly paleo, but I’m ok with that. If you’re concerned, just leave this out)
1 generous dash of the best vanilla you can get your hands on
1 tsp or so of ground cinnamon
Instructions: Mix together the oil, honey/syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small pot. Heat on low until all ingredients are combined in a lovely syrup. Mix the coconut, raw nuts, and chopped apple together, place on a pan with foil, parchment, or a silpat if you’re lucky like me and still have one from your pre-paleo days. Drizzle the syrup over your nut/fruit mixture, and toss to ensure that it evenly coats all pieces.
Put in a 350 degree oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Watch this carefully — it’s easy to burn the coconut. After cooking, toss in your dried fruit, and if you wish to add pre-roasted nuts, now would be the time to do so.
I ate this with some vanilla coconut milk, and let me tell you, it was so flippin’ good, I couldn’t believe it. Next time, I plan to make a bigger batch and use more fresh fruit (mmm, mango!) as well as introduce some seeds (pumpkin? sunflower?) to the mix.
Please do let me know if you try this, and especially it you love it!
Posted on September 15, 2011, in Recipes and tagged Cereal, coconut milk, Dried fruit, Food, Fruit, gluten free, gluten free cereal, grain free cereal, homemade cereal, homemade paleo cereal, paleo. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.