Apple Banana Craisin Bran Flakes (raw, vegan, nut, gluten-free)
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Today….was a historical day. For the first time in 4 years I was able to enjoy an actual bowl of cereal. Remember the kind that came in a box and you poured it in a bowl with milk? But before that even happened your hand would disappear into the box of cereal as you dug anxiously looking for a surprise toy inside?
Well today I made a RAW cereal to where when I brought the spoon to my lips it was filled with a little bit of cereal, dried apple, Craisins, bananas and a little bit of milk!!! It was heaven, I had almost forgotten what that “combination” in one spoonful tasted and felt like. It was simply incredible.
I use to spend Saturday mornings as a child in front of the TV watching cartoons. I was so enthralled with Fred Flinstone (thank goodness my time was long before Square Bob Sponge Pants) that I aimlessly shoveled spoonful after spoonful of cereal into my mouth.
This morning was a different story. I ate my cereal with awareness and such joy! As I savored each bite I totally forgot that it was packed full of wonderful nutrients or that it was even RAW!
I found the base of this recipe on-line a long time ago but unfortunately I can’t recall where it came from. I made my own modifications and additions to it to accommodate my taste buds. I encourage you to try this recipe as it will really satisfy your cravings for a cereal.
yields 8 cups when done
- 6 bananas, ripe
- 4 cups strawberries, greens removed and rough chopped
- 1 cup oats, soaked in 2 cups of water for min. of 30 minutes
- 1 cup oat flour**
- 1/2 cup hemp protein powder or your favorite protein powder
- 1 Tbsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp maca powder
- 3 apples (see below for instructions)
- 1 cup Craisins or raisins (save for end)
- Take the 3 apples and core them. I left the skins on my apples. Rough chop them and place them in the food processor and pulse till they are small bits. Don’t over process to where you start making them juicy. Place pulsed apples on the teflex sheet that came with your dehydrator and dry until crunchy. I did this in the same time frame as the cereal.
- In the food processor make the oat flour first. In a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, blend your oats to a fine powder.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except for the raisins) and puree all ingredients until smooth.
- Spread 1 cup (yields 7 cups of batter) of batter out on the non-stick dehydrator tray liner and dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F) for about 4 hours or until you can peel it off the teflex sheet.
- Peel from the teflex sheet and flip onto the mesh sheets that comes with your dehydrator and continue drying for several hours or overnight, basically until crunchy. Break apart into cereal flake sizes, mix in the Craisins and dried apples.
- Store cereal in an air tight glass container.
The Institute of Culinary Ingredients™
- Why do I specify Ceylon cinnamon? Click (here) to learn why.
- Are oats gluten-free? Yes, read more about that (here).
- Are oats raw? Yes, they can be found. Click (here) to learn more.
- Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F). Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
- When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe. Learn why (here).
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Saturday morning breakfast in bed!