Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Paleo Cereal

Paleo breakfasts are pretty straightforward: bacon and eggs. Of course, you can switch it up by frying 'em, scrambling 'em, poaching 'em, and hard boiling 'em, but in the end, you're still eating eggs. And let's face it--bacon and eggs are a delicious breakfast (unless you're a vegan, in which case it's an aborted murder scene on a plate!!! mmmmm, breakfast!), but sometimes, you don't want bacon and eggs. Sometimes, you want cereal. 

Alright, so I'm not making any bones about it--this isn't the sugary cereal from your childhood. There's no sugar, no grain, and no prize tucked away in a box emblazoned with some kind of colorful wildlife specimen. BUT, you can eat it with a spoon, and if you've already removed gluten and refined sugar from your diet, it does hit the spot. Oh and also, YOU WON'T GET DIABETES FROM IT!! Plus, it's hysterically easy to put together.

First, grab some nuts. When you're done with that, grab some walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios or whatever unsalted nut you have lying around. Blitz it into a small chop in your food processor:

Then, grab some dried fruit (no sugar added), like cherries, cranberries, blueberries, or raisins:

Add the nuts and fruit into a bag:

I reused the bag the nuts came in. I'm resourceful. (Sidenote: anybody remember those Malt-o-Meal commercials from the '80s? Ya know, during Pee-Wee's Playhouse on Saturday morning with that guy walking like a duck through the cereal aisle??? Well, consider this your own Malt-o-Meal, in that, it comes in a bag and is easy to store. And also makes you walk like a duck.)

Then, shake up the bag to mix everything together. In case you don't know how to read, here's an action shot of me doing the thing I just wrote, not that you'll understand this...:

This is probably three servings worth of cereal:

Your cereal's all mixed up now! Ain't life grand?

When you're ready to eat your cereal, top it with your non-dairy beverage of choice (if you're doing paleo, anyway). Almond milk is good, but I prefer Coconut Milk:

Mmmm, pouring milk:

And now you can eat! What's cool about paleo cereal is because it's not made with grains, it won't get soggy in your milk.

In the words of Ina Garten, "how easy is that?"

Paleo Cereal (Adapted from The Paleo Project)
Makes about 3 servings

  • 1 cup nuts (any combination you like; I used walnuts since that's what I had)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried fruit (your choice)
  • optional: 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Non-dairy milk (almond or coconut)
Using a food processor, pulse nuts into small pieces. In a bag, mix nuts, fruit, and coconut. When ready to eat, top with milk. Revel in your ability to abstain from sugar, grains, and dairy. Gloat to taste.


Kerry said...

I can't believe I've never thought of this! It's completely genius. I eat eggs everyday for breakfast, but sometimes I really just want a bowl of cereal... without all the sugar. Which is really just a bowl of air. I am so getting all over this.

Sienna said...

this looks so yummy, i really want to try

E said...

ooo i love coconut milk! I'll give this a try


Meg O. said...

I lost it at "First, grab some nuts. When you're done with that..." Literally laughing here at almost 1 am hoping I'm not waking up the hubs.

Honestly though, looks like an amazing breakfast. I love nuts and dried fruit... and coconut milk! Totally want to try this.


yummm, i must try this tomorrow am!

keep bloggin,

Jessie said...

A co-worker friend of mine brought me this as a snack this morning. It was delicious and I can't wait to make my own! So simple :) Thanks!

Dale Owen said...

Looks and sounds delicious, will try this, but in the evening only!

On a paleo diet, you shouldn't really eat cereal in the morning, only as one of your late meals.

Lilly said...

i must try this!!! i miss cereal sometimes and this looks awesome!!

db minutilli said...

You can also add seeds, flax, chia, hemp, sunflower, pumpkin. I add cinnamon and nutmeg, too. I skip the dried fruit and add fresh berries. I use a chopper and make enough for several days. It scratches that granola itch I have.

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