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Raw Strawberry & Chocolate Oat Cereal Flakes

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Raw-Strawberry-&-Chocolate-Oat-Cereal-Flakes1123I created this recipe with several things in mind, I wanted it easy, healthy and tasty.  Ok, let me back up a bit and be 100% honest.  I originally was working on creating a skin mask using oats that would help relieve itchy skin.  My skin always gets dry and itchy this time of year and I was looking to create something natural and soothing.  I have long known that oats can be very beneficial for such occasions so I threw some oats in a bowl and added some water and left them to soak over night.  Come the next morning I found myself staring at the bowl of oats and decided to rinse them and make a paste.  I threw them into a colander and started rinsing them.  I love running my fingers through different textures so I found myself in a very meditative state as I allowed the water to wash the oats through my fingers.  That was when I caught a whiff of them…. I love the smell of oats, there is something very comforting in their aroma that transports me back in time.  Without even realizing it my mind shifted on me and I started thinking of ways to make a morning “flakes” cereal with them.  I think I went into an “oat trance”  and before I knew it, I was throwing ingredients together to create a cereal.  The thought of smearing it all over my skin was over ridden by the idea of putting it into my body now. :)  Funny how things like that happen.   Maybe one day I will complete my original idea.

Oats have a high fiber content which is necessary in keeping bowel movements regular.  They are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water.  It is spongy and absorbs many times its own weight of liquid. It makes stools heavier and speeds their passage through the gut, relieving constipation.  Just what you wanted to know. :)

A healthy gut makes for a joyful belly!  Digestion is a huge research topic for me.  Has been for years now.  I am always reading about the health benefits of foods and how it can better our digestive systems.  Once we are armed with such knowledge, we then have to test and decide if they work for our individual systems.  There is no on-size-fits-all-plumbing-diet.  One thing to always keep in mind with any food that is dehydrated… drink plenty of fluids as it can be very drying for some digestive systems.

This cereal is thin and crunchy (please see below for my crunch test).  I choose to make it with less sugar so if you have a sweet tooth, be sure to taste test the batter and increase the sweet level as needed.  The combination of strawberry and chocolate always go hand in hand. :)  You can also dress up your morning bowl of cereal by adding sliced fresh fruit on top.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Raw-Strawberry-&-Chocolate-Oat-Cereal-Flakes45Ingredients:

Strawberry cereal: yields 4 cups batter = 2 1/2 cups dried flakes

  • 2 cups rolled, gluten-free oats, soaked
  • 1 lb organic strawberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp liquid stevia ( to taste )

Chocolate Cereal : yields 4 cups batter = 1 1/2 cups dried flakes

Preparation:

Strawberry Cereal:

  1. After the oats are done soaking be sure to drain and rinse them well.  For about 2 minutes under running water.  Press out the excess water.
  2. Place the strawberries, water, oats, flax meal, cinnamon and stevia in the blender.  Blend until creamy.
  3. Spread 2 cups of batter on the dehdyrator tray, fitted with the teflex sheet.  Don’t spread it to thin, the batter will shrink while drying.  Once dried, we will be breaking this into flakes for the purpose of cereal.  Repeat on a second tray until the batter is used up.
  4. Dehydrate at 115 degrees (F) for 4 hours or until dry enough to flip the cereal over and peel the teflex sheet off and continue drying for 10 more hours or until it dry enough to make a clean break.
  5. Allow the cereal to cool to room temperature, then break into small flakes.
  6. Store in airtight containers on the counter.

Sous Chef Substitutes:

  • Maple syrup ~ replace with raw agave nectar, honey or more stevia.
  • Protein powder ~ you can omit this but I added it for a more protein packed cereal.

Chocolate Cereal:

  1. After the oats are done soaking be sure to drain and rinse them well.  For about 2 minutes under running water.  Press out the excess water.
  2. Place the oats, water,  protein powder, cacao, maple syrup, flax meal, cinnamon, salt and stevia in the blender.  Blend until creamy.
  3. Spread 2 cups of batter on the dehdyrator tray, fitted with the teflex sheet.  Don’t spread it to thin, the batter will shrink while drying.  Once dried, we will be breaking this into flakes for the purpose of cereal.  Repeat on a second tray until the batter is used up.
  4. Dehydrate at 115 degrees (F) for 4 hours or until dry enough to flip the cereal over and peel the teflex sheet off and continue drying for 10 more hours or until it dry enough to make a clean break.
  5. Allow the cereal to cool to room temperature, then break into small flakes.
  6. Store in airtight containers on the counter.

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FDA (Food Determining Association) conducted a test at Nouveau Raw Kitchens, The Soggy Cereal Test.
The test subject: Strawberry & Chocolate Oat Cereal Flakes.  
Object: to see how long this raw cereal could stand up to almond milk before getting soggy.  
No animals were harmed in this test.  
Results posted below.

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Step One ~ Almond Milk

Step 2 ~ Bowl of Strawberry & Chocolate Oat Cereal Flakes

Step 3 ~ 2 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Still crispy.

Step 4 ~ 4 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Still crispy.

Step 5 ~ 6 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Still crispy.

Step 6 ~ 8 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Still is crispy but starting to show some signs of softening, just a hint.

Step 7 ~ 11 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Still has some crunch and texture, but soft around the edges.

Step 8 ~ 14 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Great texture but losing its hard crunch when biting down.

Step 9 ~ 17 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Wow still some crunch!  Not mushy at all after 17 minutes.

Step 10 ~ 21 minutes into the test.

Results ~ Still contains texture, no yukky mushy mouth feel…

Step 11 ~ 27 minutes into the test. (distracted by phone call)

Results ~ Starting to get a bit soft but still a nice texture.

Step 12 ~ 32 minutes into the test.

Results ~ This concludes our test… I have ran out of test material!  Last bite was a bit mushy but not that “oh gross” mushy.

More like, “Doh!  perhaps there is yet more hiding within the bowl the milk.”

 

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8 thoughts on “Raw Strawberry & Chocolate Oat Cereal Flakes

  1. Nasha says:

    This is great! Loved the crunch test! I cannot wait to make it. I wanted to know how long should I plan to leave it if my dehydrator does not have a temp gauge? Do you think it would be successful in the oven at 120?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Nasha… I take my cereals very seriously. hehe The crunch test is always a must when I create them. :)

      I can’t give you a time frame when your machine doesn’t have a temp gauge. You can pick up small gauges that often hand from an oven rack.. one second, let me see if I can find one so you can see what it looks like… http://www.amazon.com/POT750X-High-Heat-Oven-Thermometer/dp/B0021AEAIK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399269087&sr=8-2&keywords=oven+temperature+gauge. Something like this. It’s not the best but it might give you an idea where your machine runs. There are other elaborate ones too that you can research. You can use your oven at 120 but it won’t be raw anymore. But it will at least have much more in the nutrient department than commercially made cereals. Have a great nights sleep :) amie sue

      • Christi Weiner says:

        Hi Amie Sue,

        What a great idea to make a batter for real cereal pieces! You are so clever! I was wondering, could you suggest a substitute for the chocolate protein powder? It’s a bit expensive for me on top of all the other ingredients.
        Thanks much!
        Christi

        • amie-sue says:

          Christi…

          I am thrilled that this recipe intrigues you. :) You can always replace it with ground almonds or cashews. Just make sure that you get it nice and fine. Even buckwheat flour could be used. Just think about the over-all flavor, texture and nutrients that it will add. Enjoy and have fun! amie sue

  2. florencia says:

    HELLO Amie!, what I like the most about this recipe is that is very simple, and required just a few simple ingredients. simply yummy

    Is it possible to make it in the oven instead of a dehydrator? please if you know how, let mi know it =)
    I’d love doing it.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Florencia,

      I haven’t tried my raw recipes in the oven. I am sure it can be done but it won’t be raw any more. I would set the oven on the lowest temp and then just keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. Enjoy! amie sue

  3. Lori says:

    Hi…I can’t wait to try this cereal. Is there something that can be used in place of the stevia? I have made your shredded coconut biscuit cereal several time. After the first time, I never seem to have enough left for cereal because I eat it like cookies!!! So good!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      lol Lori, I understand and relate to that “problem”. :) Make the recipe without the stevia and taste test. It might be fine as is, if not just add in a Tbsp at a time of your favorite sweetener until it reaches the level that you like. Have a blessed day and enjoy! amie sue

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