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Orange Cinnamon Granola Cereal (nut-free)

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My goal for this recipe was to make a “cereal”.   And I accomplished just that!  This is not like my typical granola that can be carried around as a snack as well, this one is looser and needs to be eaten in a bowl with nut milk  or….  by the way of “hand-to-mouth” technique.  Eating with the hands evokes great emotion.  It kindles something very warm and gentle and caressing.

Etiquette, as a matter of fact, is central to most traditions of hand-to-mouth eating; the artfulness and ritual of the practice is part of what people love about it.  Some cultures eat only with their right hand, or their left hand, there are so many traditions.

Remembering all the proper eating etiquette’s that come into play when using utensils can be downright exhausting:

  • Don’t let the spoon clatter on the bowl.
  • Don’t scrap the utensil on your teeth.
  • Make sure you use the right spoon for the right dish.
  • Don’t make a slurping soup when eating cereal.
  • But do slurp when eating soup!
  • Always scoop food, using the proper utensil, away from you.

I mean come on… really?!  The list goes on and on.  How is one to remember all of that when all you really want to do is devour eat your food!?  It’s up to you, you can decide if you want to abide by all the rules of using utensils or you can  practice the “hand-to-mouth” technique. :)


Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free, rolled oats (soaked and dehydrated)
  • 1 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked)
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (soak for 10 mins. in just enough water to cover them)
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (soaked)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (1 orange)
  • 2 Tbsp orange zest (1 orange worth, use organic!)
  • 1/4 cup raw agave nectar or raw honey
  • 3 Tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Stevia Powder (I use NuNaturals White)
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  1. Read up on the importance of soaking the oats and seeds.  If you are short on time, you can skip this process.  Make the best decision for you!
  2. Place dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well coated.
  5. Transfer to non-stick dehydrator sheets and dry at 105 degrees for 16-24 hours.
  6. Store in an airtight glass container.

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11 thoughts on “Orange Cinnamon Granola Cereal (nut-free)

  1. CindyP says:

    This looks delicious. It’s great to finally find a healthy alternative to sugar laden store bought granola cereal — without nuts! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  2. DJ says:

    Can you suggest something to use instead of the cold-pressed coconut oil? Would olive oil work? Thank you.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello DJ,

      I would suggest the following as a substitution; hemp, flax or olive oil. I would use about 1 Tbsp instead though. Coconut oil firms up at 76 degrees whereas the other oils remain liquidly so it might feel oily at the full quantity suggested. Do you prefer not to use coconut oil? I will tinker around with other oils, it’s a great question DJ. Have a marvelous day! amie sue

  3. Donna S says:

    I don’t like the aftertaste of stevia sweetner. Is there an alternative?

  4. ben says:

    I may try this this weekend for a sweet crunch snack for next week. Thanks.

    • ben says:

      Great recipe. I had to adjust ingredients since I didn’t have everything listed, but it worked very well even with the substitutions. Thanks.

      • amie-sue says:

        Good evening Ben… you are a master in the kitchen. Part of the fun when making these recipes is to get creative with what you have on hand. Have a wonderful week Ben!

  5. Lori says:

    Hello again….I have sunflower seeds that have been sprouted and dehydrated. Can I use these and if so, do I need to soak them again? Lots of questions today! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Lori… questions are a good thing, it’s how we learn. :) You will be fine in using your sunflower seeds as is. Good for you in having your sunflower seeds ready to go! Have a great weekend, amie sue

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