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Pumpkin Caramel Cereal

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If you are anything like me,  you opened this posting, and immediately scanned the ingredient list. Then you scrolled back up to see what words of wisdom I had to impart. (haha)  One might be wondering why I have the word caramel in the recipe title when you clearly don’t see the ingredients that make up caramel, no caramel flavoring, no caramel coloring,  so how does caramel come into play in this recipe?  Dates are the answer… dates are a great dried fruit that provide a caramel flavor in recipes.

If you want to make this recipe completely nut free you can replace the almond meal with fresh ground buckwheat or even ground rolled oats.  You can read here on how to make your own flours.  Once I made the batter and tasted it,  I had one of those OMG  moments… hmm, I seem to have those quite often don’t I?  But seriously,  I am always amazed as how great raw foods taste in their raw form.  In the cooking world, you can’t always taste test the food in its raw form, the magic happens after it is cooked.  But with raw, the magic happens right away.   So instantly,  I knew this recipe could be enjoyed in several forms; as a cereal, as a cracker, broken into crumbles and tossed into your granola or in trail mixes.   It would even be a wonderful topping for raw cobblers and ice cream.  Having recipes like this are real-time savers and allow you to get very creative.

 

I served this cereal with raw coconut milk instead of the typical nut milk.  All the wonderful flavors were quite complimentary with one another.   I also sprinkled some dried cranberries on top which added another layer of texture.  I did do a test on the cereal to see how long it takes to takes to get soggy and after 20 minutes, while sampling it every 5 minutes (I set a timer), it was all gone.   BUT I will tell you that it stood up to sitting in the coconut milk for 20 minutes and it still had a crunch in the center.  Another thing that I loved about this cereal was is that I didn’t add any sweeteners!  Outside of the natural sweetness of the banana, it remains pure and sweetener-free!  I so love that.  One batch of the Pumpkin Caramel Cereal makes approximately 10 ~ 1/2 cup servings or 20 ~ 1/4 cup servings.  Keep in mind, as with most raw foods, it is a lot more filling than standard processed cereal, so it takes much less to fill you up.  I always snickered at the serving sizes on commercial cereal boxes.  On the side of the box it usually indicates a serving size of 3/4 cup.  On average an ordinary person typically eats one bowl of cereal at a sitting.  Doesn’t sound so bad does it?  But… and there is always a but, over time our bowls and plates are more often than not, super-sized.  So, in the end, we end up eating 2-4 servings per sitting.  Sure boxed cereals may appear to be less expensive at first glance, but when you think about what I just said, and that they are processed, garbage filled, high-sugared, low-nutritional value… they are not such a good deal after-all.  Just saying…

Ingredients: yields 5 cups

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup raw almond meal
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
  • 1 cup Mejol dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp maple flavoring

Hand mix in:

Preparation:

  1. In a food processor fitted with the “S” blade, pulse together the almond meal, chia seeds, pumpkin spice, and salt.
  2. Add  the banana, pumpkin puree dates, and maple flavoring.
  3. Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the buckwheat and coconut.  Mix well.
  4. Spread the batter on the teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
  5. Tips:
    • I used a rolling-pin to make sure the batter is evenly spread out.  This will make for nice looking cereal pieces and help them all dry at the same time.  Score the batter into the desired size.  I used a ruler and pizza cutter to make my score marks.  Be careful that you don’t press to hard down with the pizza blade and cut the teflex sheet.  A light hand is all that is needed.
  6. Dehydrate at 110 degrees F for around 16 hours or until dry.  It won’t dry completely crispy.
  7. Store in airtight containers.  This will freeze wonderfully if you want to create a stockpile. :)

Ingredients: yields 8 teaspoons of Pumpkin Spice

  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Preparation:

  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container.

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How to make raw pumpkin puree:

  1. Start with a sugar pie pumpkin.  Wash and dry it.
  2. Place the pumpkin on a cutting board on its side.  Carefully cut off the top and bottom, leaving a flat surface.
  3. With a potato peeler, remove the skin.  I used to use a knife but I found I wasted more of the “flesh” with that technique.
  4. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds with your hands.  Place the seeds in a small bowl for later.  You can dehydrate them for a delicious snack!
  5. Now cut the pumpkin flesh into small chunks.
  6. In the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, process the pumpkin chunks until it is broken down nice and small.  I take it one step further but it is optional.
  7. I transfer the puree into my high-speed blender and pulverize it until it is VERY smooth.  I am all about mouth-feel.  You will have to stop the blender from time to time to scrap down the sides.
  8. That’s it, very easy!

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23 thoughts on “Pumpkin Caramel Cereal

  1. This cereal sounds amazing! I love everything about it from all the yummy ingredients to the crunchy texture and spices used! Delicious!

  2. Ruth says:

    Hi :) I’m wondering how much pumpkin is used in this recipe. I don’t know how big a sugar pie pumpkin is so not sure. In your pictures the pumpkins look really tiny! Is it really one of these only?
    Thanks :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Ruth,

      The pumpkins in the picture are not the ones I used. Those are decoration pumpkins. I used sugar pumpkins and they vary in size. I would say to pick up a 2-5 lb pumpkin. I can’t say for sure the exact weight of a pumpkin to use because the amount of flesh in them vary to much. Or you can used organic canned pumpkin… up to you. :)

  3. Michelle Munger says:

    Hello, I am allergic to buckwheat. This makes it difficult considering buckwheat seems to be used quite often in raw living recipes. Is there something that I could use instead? Help…
    Thanks. :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Michelle,
      You can try ground almonds that have been soaked and dehydrated. I haven’t tried using nuts in this recipe but I would think it would work just fine. It won’t be the same texture and flavor though. amie sue

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  9. Karalee says:

    I discovered your website a few days ago….Fabulous! Just curious, what brand of maple extract do you use? Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Karalee. I am so happy to have you here! Glad to hear you are enjoying the site. Let me go take a peak at the brand that I have…the last bottle that I bought was from Whole Foods. It is the Frontier brand. I don’t use it a lot, just every once in a while for certain desserts. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

  10. Karalee says:

    I made these yesterday and they came straight out of the dehydrator into my husband’s breakfast bowl this morning. Talk about fresh! Delicious! We both are excited to have a new flavor.

  11. Talia says:

    You should’ve seen me making this cereal! (delicious by the way) I made a double batch and I underestimated how much batter it would make….. Long story short I tried to mix it in a bowl that was much to small for the amount of batter and there was pumpkin everywhere!! lol

    • amie-sue says:

      lol Talia… I have been in your shoes before. You can always freeze some of it if things really got out of hand. hehe Thanks for sharing. Blessings! amie sue

  12. Lauren says:

    Hi Amie-Sue, is that 2 cups of raw buckwheat after it has been soaked and sprouted? For example would I soak and sprout 1 cup to give me the 2 cups, or is it 2 cups first up? Thank you!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Lauren, I used 2 cups dry, then proceeded with the soaking process. It makes a lot. :) But I rolled the batter out pretty tight making the cereal really crunchy. Have a blessed evening. amie sue

      • Lauren says:

        Thank you! We don’t have maple flavouring here so I added vanilla bean and a bit of maple syrup. It’s in my dehydrator now and smells lovely!

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