Grain free cereal
Making your own cereal is easier than you think and allows you to control the type and amount of ingredients you have for breakfast. This cereal is nut and seed based so it is gluten free, perfect for those who are gluten intolerant or have allergies. This cereal also makes a great portable snack.
Grain free cereal Photo: Nicole Avery
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- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 ¼ cup almond meal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup honey
Preheat oven to 160°C.
Place pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut into a food processor and process until it turns to a coarse flour. Don’t over process it. At this stage the mixture can be as coarse as you like, but over processing will make it too oily. Place the seed mix into a large mixing bowl and add the almond meal and cinnamon. Mix well.
In a separate bowl mix the vanilla, coconut oil and honey. Whisk with a fork until completely combined. Pour the liquid into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix so all dry ingredients are coated.
Pour out onto two large trays lined with baking paper so the cereal is in a thin layer. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes. Turn it once and then bake again for another 5 - 10 minutes. Keep a careful eye on it though as it can quickly turn from golden to dark brown. The mixture does not have to be completely dry or set before you take it out of the oven, as it will dry out further while cooling.
Remove from the oven and allow it too cool. Transfer it to an airtight container and enjoy with your choice of milk, yogurt or enjoy it straight up!
Nicole Avery is a Melbourne mum to five beautiful kids aged four to 15. She is the master organiser behind the popular parenting blog Planning With Kids and the author of a book by the same name, where she shares tips and tricks for organising the chaos of family life.