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I receive emails on a regular basis from readers who ask for advice on what raw food staples would be quick and easy. Two words that we all love when it comes to food prep, huh? So, presenting on the center stage… a delicious cereal that will keep for several weeks in the pantry or for months in the freezer.
The beauty of this cereal is that it can be enjoyed with your favorite nut milk, eaten dry as a snack, crumbled over a bowl of raw ice cream or yogurt, use as a topping on your favorite raw pie, or tossed together with nuts and dried fruits for a healthy trail mix.
Whenever I serve a bowl of cereal, I can’t help but dress it up a little by adding fresh fruit. There is something about the crunch of the cereal against the soft sweetness of the fruit that sends my taste buds on a holiday.
If you have all of the ingredients on hand but you don’t have any apples rolling around, you could substitute with peaches, pears, strawberries, bananas… just about any fruit actually. For the complete recipe I used 3 tablespoons of almond butter, if you wish to make this recipe nut-free you can use raw coconut butter or sunflower seed butter.
I used raisins as my main sweetener for this cereal. Each one of these little shriveled up nuggets are a rich and concentrated natural source of energy, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals. And they contain the heart-healthy electrolyte potassium, and dietary fiber. And if derived from red/purple grapes, they are very high in anthocyanins, another class of polyphenolic anti-oxidants. Anthocyanins have been found to have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities. (source) If you don’t have raisins or wish to use a different dried fruit, look to Medjool dates, dried figs or even dried apricots if you really want to dance to a new flavor note.
Most of all, I just want you to feel encouraged, that you too, can make healthy and delicious cereals, right in your very own kitchen. I am beside you in spirit and if you need a little help along the way, just leave a comment below and I will help you the best I can. Blessings, amie sue
Yields 8 cups