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Maple Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal

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I have one word for this cereal: raw, vegan, gluten-free, tasty, delectable, luscious, appetizing, flavorful, sweet, succulent, toothsome, exquisite, dainty, delicate, distinctive, ambrosial, heavenly, tempting, enticing, mouth-watering, piquant, gourmet, epicurean, scrumptious, yummy, fit for a king… oh dear, I said one word, didn’t I?

raw vegan gluten-free Maple Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal

I don’t have a childhood story of some chemical-laden cereal that I grew up on, of which my new creation is reminiscent. As a child, the word pumpkin was seven-letter word that was spoken around Halloween.

And maybe, just maybe… if I was lucky, it was brought up around Thanksgiving, too. But I only knew pumpkin as a one-dish wonder: pumpkin pie.  I now have recipes for pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bars… but having a cereal such as this is a first, and a delightful one at that.

raw vegan gluten-free Maple Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal

Almond Pulp

  • I use almond pulp as the foundation of this recipe because it uses up a byproduct of making almond milk, and it gives the cereal a light and airy texture that I enjoy.
  • Every batch of pulp will differ in moisture due to how much of the milk you are able to squeeze from the nut bag, so if it is really dry feeling, you may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water or almond milk to the dough.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS: If you don’t wish to use the almond pulp, you can use finely ground almonds. I haven’t tested this, but it’s worth a shot. Another option that I have tried is almond pulp flour, for which I added 2 tablespoons of water to the batter.  I suggest this only if you already have it made up and are looking to use it.  I usually freeze my almond pulp, creating a plentiful stash, but when I start to get tight on freezer space, I will dehydrate it and powder it in the food processor.

Gluten-Free Rolled Oats

  • You will notice that I call for the oats to be SOAKED. I provided a link to explain how (and why) I do that (super simple). I don’t recommend skipping this step because it softens the oats, bringing a lot of moisture to the batter, which is needed.
  • Soaking the oats also helps the starches break down and reduces the natural phytic acid, which may help your body utilize the oats’ nutrients much more efficiently.

raw vegan gluten-free Maple Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal

Pumpkin Puree

  • If you plan on making your own raw pumpkin puree, be sure to use SUGAR pumpkins. I find that they give the best flavor and texture.
  • If you decide to make this recipe when it isn’t pumpkin season, you can use canned organic PLAIN pumpkin. If you do decide to use canned, please be sure to read the ingredients to ensure that they didn’t add any additional ingredients.
  • SUBSTITUTION IDEAS: If you find yourself in the middle of this recipe and you realize that you don’t have any pumpkin or sweet potato, applesauce will work due to its moisture and texture, but it won’t give that pumpkin hit, so you will then want to increase the pumpkin spice powder. There is always a work-around! Canned sweet potato is yet another option and a great stand-in for pumpkin.


  • In this recipe, I used two different sweeteners: maple syrup and NuNaturals liquid stevia. I find that this is a great way to cut down the sugars without cutting down on the sweetness.
  • You can use any sweetener you want and in any volume. My taste buds have been trained to enjoy less-sugary foods, so I find myself reducing the use of sugars.

Pumpkin Spice

  • If you don’t have pumpkin spice, you can make your own.  This recipe yields 8 tsp of pumpkin spice: shake together 4 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp nutmeg.

raw vegan gluten-free Maple Pumpkin Spice Crunch CerealIngredients:

Yields 4-5 cups = 1,250 (1/2”) squares


  1. Prepare the nut pulp as indicated in the link above. Place in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade. *See above for almond pulp substitutions.
  2. After soaking the oats, drain and rinse for 2 minutes under cool water.  Gently hand-squeeze the excess water and place the oats in the food processor.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree, sweetener, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, stevia, and salt. Process until everything is well mixed.
  4. Divide the dough in half and place each half on the non-stick sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
    • If you don’t have non-stick sheets, use parchment paper but not wax paper (it will stick to that).
    • Place plastic wrap over the top and roll the dough out from edge to edge to 1/4″ thickness.  To prevent the teflex sheet from sliding around while rolling out the dough, place a wet towel under the teflex sheet.
    • Score into bite-sized pieces with a long metal ruler, knife, or pizza cutter.  Be careful that you don’t cut the sheet if using a sharp item.
    • Be sure to spread it evenly, so it dries evenly.
  5. Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F)  for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F) for 16 hours or until dry.
    • Partway through, once dry enough, flip the sheet over onto the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator and peel off the non-stick sheet.  If it is leaving dough behind on the sheet, it isn’t dry enough.  Leave as is and just slide back in to dry a bit more.
    • Dry times will always vary due to climate, humidity, type of machine, and how full it is.
    • As the dough dries, the little squares will shrink up, and some will pull away from one another.
  6. Once cool, add the dried cranberries, and store the cereal in an airtight container.  On the counter, it should last up to 2 weeks, in the fridge or freezer…even longer!

The Institute of Culinary Ingredients:

  • Learn more about maple syrup by clicking (here).
  • Why do I specify Ceylon cinnamon?  Click (here) to learn why.
  • What is Himalayan pink salt, and does it really matter?  Click (here) to read more about it.
  • Click (here) to learn why I use stevia.
  • Are oats gluten-free?  Yes, read more about that (here).
  • Are oats raw?  Yes, they can be found.  Click (here) to learn more.

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F)?  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment.


14 thoughts on “Maple Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal

  1. Carley says:

    Wow! this recipe looks amazing. I cannot wait to make this this weekend. Do you think the recipe would work if i used sprouted buckwheat instead of almond pulp? Or maybe more rolled oats? Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Carley,
      You bet…I would aim for the sprouted buckwheat personally… but then I have been on a buckwheat kick. :) Oats would work too, just keep the same measurements… have fun and let me know how it turns out for you! Blessings, amie sue

  2. Carley says:

    Turned out great! Soooo yummy. Thank you so much for posting, made my morning :)

  3. Dianne says:

    Carley, This website is amazing and one I love. One problem…it is so overwhelming! I don’t know where to start. I need and want to go raw. I’ve gone back and forth for the last few years, but I end up losing so much weight because I don’t seem to eat enough. (I have the problem of being too skinny!) Can you give me some suggestions on how to begin this one step at a time? Thanks!

    • amie-sue says:

      Don’t be overwhelmed Dianne… start easy and work your way through it. I don’t know what your “raw” / diet looks like to see if you taking in enough calories. Do you struggle to keep on in general when eating other ways? Do you take in healthy fats, carbs, protein, etc? A balanced diet? I need a bit more info in order to know where to start. amie sue

  4. Dianne says:

    Thanks for the reply :) Do you have a personal email. I have kind of a long answer :-D If so, just email me and I will email you back. If not, I will find a way to reply in a short way. Thanks again.

  5. Cheynne De Boer says:

    I made this and it is SO GOOD! I see your pics and now I’m going to add pecans to my bowl! My fav way to assemble is to pour almond milk over the clusters then sprinkle the squares on top so they stay crunchy.

  6. Rose says:

    I have been looking for breakfast foods and I love love love cereal, I am going to do this! I’m also looking for wheat and gluten free recipes. :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Awesome Rose… it’s funny, I never meant for this recipe to show up in everyones email today. Some weird glitch. It’s an old recipe but still good! Enjoy! amie sue

  7. daniele says:

    Hello, amie-sue!
    This is a short message from France…I do enjoy everyday visit on your site but I find it difficult to cope with the measures, especially with …cups!! Would it be possible to give them in grams ( I don’t want to use the translation option) ? Thank you for your answer.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Daniele,

      Just as foreign as cups are to you, grams are to me. I do try to use weight measurements from time to time, it’s just not a habit that I yet conquered. I will keep working at it. :) Blessings, amie sue

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