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Honey Graham Cracker Bran Cereal is hardy, holds its stature when confronted with nut milk, and has a delicious hint of graham cracker.  When you take a bite of this cereal you will find it firm but not crunchy,  chewy but doesn’t stick to your teeth, sweet but in an earthy way, grounding and very filling.  That is the best way I can describe it. :)  It especially pairs well with sliced bananas on top.  The hint of graham cracker reminded me of Golden Graham cereal.  Are any of you old enough to be familiar with this commercial ~ Honey Golden Grahams  When I watched this I was sucked back into a time-warp of memories.   That darn jingle was stuck in my head the rest of the day.  haha

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Commercially made Golden Grahams;  Ingredients:

Wheat Whole Grain, Sugar, Corn Meal, Sugar Brown Syrup, Corn Starch Modified, Canola and/or, Rice Bran Oil, Honey, Salt, Baking Soda, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrose, Trisodium Phosphate, Zinc, Iron, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin aB), Flavor(s) Artificial, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (HCL), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid (Vitamin aB), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, BHT

Ok, I think we can look at the ingredients used to make Golden Grahams and decide quickly, that it is not a cereal made of whole foods.  I don’t want to break  this complete ingredient list down but I pulled a few out and to take a closer look at what they were.

Flavor(s) Artificial ~ Under the Code of Federal Regulation, natural flavor is defined as “any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.” Any ingredient that does not meet the “natural flavoring” standards of the Federal Drug Administration is considered artificial. A flavorist who blends chemicals to create an artificial flavoring uses the same chemicals found in a natural flavoring, but the chemicals are produced synthetically. Synthetic alternatives are cheaper to use since the pure natural chemical is essentially identical to the artificial flavoring, just not found naturally. Such synthetic chemicals though “unnatural” are acceptable for consumption in all restrictive diets ranging from vegan to kosher because they are neither animal nor vegetable. Our bodies do not recognize both artificial and natural flavors so they are not metabolized by our digestive systems.

Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 of the Us. Food and Drug Administration. Title 21. Volume 2. Revised 1 April 2010.

The second ingredient up for grab is BHT, what the heck is that?  Check this link out as well as to why a person ought to avoid it and how it is also found in skin care products.

BHT ~ Butylated Hydroxy Toulene (BHT) is used as an antioxidant to retard the rancidity of oil and fats in foods. With emulsifying and stabilizing agents, BHT is a preservative to help maintain the appearance of freshness and consistency of food. BHT is a fat-soluble white crystalline solid that was approved as a food additive and preservative by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1954. There is no taste to the additive. It is a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) additive and with no scientific data proving its carcinogenicity, whether it causes cancer.   “Bioassay of Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) for Possible Carcinogenicity.” National Institutes of Health 150 (1979). Print.

I am not a scientist nor do I pretend to be one, though I do have a lab coat, a white wig that stands on end and black horn rimmed glasses…. I just wanted to point out a few things that I have learned.  We need to take the time to remind ourselves of just how important it is that we take control of what we put into our bodies.  The Honey Graham Cracker Bran Cereal recipe that I came up doesn’t taste exactly like Golden Graham Cereal, but it is a much, much healthier option.  One that you can feel good about. :)

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Ingredients: yields 4 cups = 8 (1/2 cup) servings or 16 (1/4 cup) servings

Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

Add in last:

  • 3/4 cup raisins

Preparation:

  1. In the food processor fitted with the “S” blade, pulse together the almond meal, coconut crystals, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Measure out the water and add the vanilla and stevia to it and give it a quick stir.  Add the liquid to the food processor and mix well.
  3. Add raisins and process for 20 seconds.  Don’t over process.  You want chunks of raisins to remain.
  4. Spread the batter on the teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator.  This filled one Excalibur 16×16″ tray.
  5. Dehydrate at 110 degrees for 18+ hours.  It won’t get hard and crunchy but very firm.  After drying, I placed the tray in the freezer to firm it up so I could snap the score marks a bit easier.
  6. Store in an airtight container and for a longer shelf life, I recommend placing it in the fridge or even the freezer.
So, I had this idea…  See those two sweet little jars on the left side of the photo above?  Place 1/4-1/2 cup of cereal into each jar, screw the lid on and place them in the fridge.  Make up enough for the week.  Come morning, grab a jar, open it and pour some milk into…presto!  Kind-of like “instant cereal”.  You could also throw some dried fruit in the jars,  a different one each day, just to mix things up.  What do you think?

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23 thoughts on “Honey Graham Cracker Bran Cereal

  1. Christine says:

    I’m going to try the graham cereal recipe as graham crackers! Wonderful! Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Christine,

      They would taste wonderful but keep in mind that they won’t be really crispy… keep me posted! amie sue

  2. Myrna says:

    Ok so this one will require a dehydrator. I’ve given Santa oh so many hints of wanting one for Christmas. I hope I’ve been good enough for it :)

  3. Meg says:

    Is there any way to make this without a dehydrator? I don’t have one but would love to experiment with this recipe :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Meg….

      I haven’t tried baking it in the oven so I am not sure how it would turn out. It would be an experiment if you tried it. When done in the oven, it also won’t be raw anymore. But if you try this method… I would place the cereal on parchment paper that covers a cookie sheet, set the temp on the oven to the lowest setting and keep the door cracked a tiny bit if possible and then watch it with an eagle eye. :)

  4. Gayle says:

    Amie Sue,

    I have to tell you, I love your recipes! Not only are they delicious, but fairly easy to make. Thank you so much! My 16 year old daughter and I are both trying to eat as much raw as possible (and the rest of the family is gradually coming onboard) and it is hard to keep coming up with inventive ideas to please a teenager.

  5. Sam says:

    You’ve done it again Amie Sue! This looks amazing! We don’t have Honey Golden Grahams sold here in Australia but your version sounds delicious! I used to eat cereal breakfast, lunch and dinner…now I can do that once again the healthy, raw way! … now to buy a dehydrator!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Sam… thank you. This cereal did turn out great, I must say. You will find having a dehydrator to be so much fun. Have a wonderful weekend. amie sue

  6. Miliany says:

    I love raw and vegan cereal, escpicially when it’s made out of whole foods;) your raw cereal looks so delicious and I bet it smells yummy, too;) I will make this once I get a dehydrator. Your photos are stunning!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Miliany,

      I hope you try it and make it! I would love to hear what you think. You will love having a dehydrator. I did my first year of 100% raw without a dehydrator which was fine but once I got it, it opened a whole new world to me. Have a blessed weekend and I hope you play in the kitchen. Blessings, amie sue

  7. Annie Summer says:

    what an interesting post! Can’t wait to try this. For years I have avoided cereals but the truth is, I love a bowl now and again. This seems like a good healthy choice. Thanks

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Annie, I was in the same boat as you. I missed cereals so much. My mom is here visiting and she has been eating my raw cereals for breakfast each morning. She LOVES them, which just tickles me. We all want to please our momas. hehe Have a blessed day! amie sue

  8. Dee says:

    Omg! I am making this tomorrow for my boys! Do you think I can use agave instead of coconut crystals?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Dee…. you could try it. You are replacing a dry ingredient with a wet one so watch and see if you need to add anymore almond flour to it as you are mixing it. Have a wonderful weekend! amie sue

  9. Adrienne says:

    I just shared this on Facebook. You are a genius!!!

  10. ben says:

    Superb flavor. It stayed softish though, despite being in the dehydrator for close to 30 hours. I’ve broken it (torn it is more like it) into shards that are in the fridge now. Hope that will firm it up more. But I wanted to check with you, that this recipe doesn’t get hard completely, right?

    Thanks.

    • ben says:

      Scratch my earlier comment. I read your notes carefully & see you’ve addressed the issue of texture. Thanks.

      • amie-sue says:

        Hi Ben… I am pretty sure it is the honey that prevents it from drying to a crisp… but I loved the end result and flavor. I hope you guys can still enjoy it. :) amie sue

        • ben says:

          Was there supposed to have been honey in the recipe? None was listed.

          It does taste excellent–like a soft cookie. I used coconut sugar since I didn’t have the crystals.

          Thanks.

          • amie-sue says:

            Doh, no…. I was thinking of something else I had made. Nothing like confusing you huh? hehe Sorry about that!

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