Now that I make my own dairy-free milks, it just seemed silly to use boxed cereal… it’s really hard to find one that’s healthy enough for my standards and tastes good… so, I made this homemade cereal. It’s beyond healthy because it’s made up of tons of seeds and coconut and superfoods. It tastes great (it really does remind me of the old cinnamon toast cereal I used to feed my kids — many moons ago — before I knew better) and if you make one batch it stays crispy for quite a long time in a sealed container.
Sunflower seeds help lower blood pressure and can relieve headaches and dizziness. In Eastern medicine we recommend eating sunflower seeds if a person is troubled by certain severe intestinal symptoms like dysentery or intestinal worms or certain parasites.
Chia seeds are one of my favorite ingredients to add to everything. They have the unique ability to turn liquid into a gel-like substance when making puddings and they are great added to smoothies and shakes. They are really good for you because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. In this cereal they help make the texture great and they add yet another layer of nutrition…
Hemp seeds are high in protein, easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin.
Cinnamon is one of the best herbs to warm the body. It’s great if you have a cold. If you are nauseous or have diarrhea, go for the cinnamon. It also gives you energy and helps with menstrual pain. Cinnamon is used in different forms in Chinese medicine: “gui zhi” is the cinnamon twig and “rou gui” is the cinnamon bark. Both are warming and are used for a variety of ailments. In the winter I add cinnamon to all sorts of foods. It helps with the common cold, swelling, various menstrual issues and some aches and pains. Be careful with it if you have a fever because it is so warming.
I’ve added maca root powder to this cereal. This is one of the superfoods I take every day. It has many healthy benefits including increasing libido, helping menopausal symptoms, relieving menstrual cramps and increasing energy.
Shredded coconut is the main ingredient in this cereal. Coconut strengthens the body, acts as an anti-inflammatory, is good for the heart, and can help with some intestinal problems. And, the coconut combined with the cinnamon and the seeds makes everything taste perfect, especially if you eat it with homemade cold almond milk…
In a food processor, combine the coconut, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, salt and maca…
Whiz it up until it’s ground up coarsely…
Stir in maple syrup and egg…
Roll out the dough and cut it into squares…
Bake it in the oven, then let it cool and enjoy!
Grain-Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
(serves about 6)
recipe adapted from: A Girl Worth Saving
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 Tbs hemp seeds
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs maca root powder (optional)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor, combine the coconut, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, maca and salt. Whiz it up until it’s coarsely ground. Stir in the maple syrup and egg. Put the dough onto the prepared baking sheet and cover with a second parchment sheet. Roll it out until it’s about 1/4-inch thick (or even a little thinner). Using a knife, pre-cut the dough into 1/2- to 1-inch squares. Place the sheet in the oven and bake for about 18 minutes or until brown, being careful not to let the bottom burn. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. When cook, separate into squares and store in an air-tight container. Enjoy in a bowl with ice-cold almond milk… or eat it straight out of the container!