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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cold Cereal Flakes, Buckwheat,Coconut and Wild Blueberry

Gluten free, corn free, soy free, dairy free, nut and seed free, chemical and color free, egg free, Vegan and can be made RAW!


We are THRILLED with this cereal! I can honestly say it tastes far better then raisin bran, or any of the flake and cluster cereal's out there! So easy! You can add whatever you like but we really loved the richness of the coconut bits with the sweet buckwheat flakes and the wild blueberries gave it that tang which completed the perfect flavor for us! When you are allergic and intolerant as Abby or are just trying to eat a healthier and clean diet you find out quickly you have slim pickings for cold cereal. You either get plain puffed rice, millet and sorghum or you make your own granola. We were determined to make a "flake" and this could not have turned out better!

You can make this in the Oven or Dehydrator. I preferred the dehydrator method- it seemed to be easier and more consistent.


The trick to making cereal "flakes" is getting your batter spread thin- your flakes will be whatever thickness that the batter is while it cooks. I found that the thinnest spots turned out best. If you ladle spoonfuls like cookies onto the silicone lined cookie sheet and then use your spoon to spread it thin and evenly as possible you will get the best results.

NOTE: I tried spreading the batter on parchment to cook it- the parchment "absorbed" the moisture and added to the inconsistent results in the oven. That is why I recommend silicone baking sheets for making the cereal flakes.

I found that even that thin still had some chewy spots when using the oven. The Dehydrator method(no cook!)had much more consistent results.




3/4 cup unflavored rice protein powder(or any other flour or protein flour of your choice)
3/4 cup buckwheat flour(other higher protein flours like Teff, quinoa would work well too)
1/2 teaspoon salt(I use pink himalayan)
1/2 cup Lyles Golden Cane Syrup( or maple or honey or agave)
3/4 cup water

(Flake Toppers: I used fine coconut flakes and chia seeds, you could use nuts, or any other fine topping or none)

Mix all ingredients till smooth.

Preheat oven to 350.

Line a cookie sheet with silicone baking sheet. Pour thin batter equally across lined sheet(use a spatula to spread it evenly)sprinkle wet batter with coconut flakes, or chia seeds or finely chopped nuts.

Bake 15-20 minutes till golden. Some parts will be more crisp then others.

tear/break into "flake" sized pieces.

Reduce heat to 200. Place flakes on parchment lined sheet(or back on silicone baking sheet) and bake for another 30 minutes to an hour(depends on how thick the "flakes" were)till crisp. These may be slightly soft when hot, but as they cool they should be crisp.

Cool and store in airtight container.


DEHYDRATOR DIRECTIONS:

I lined each tray with silicone mats(like you would use for fruit leather.). I spread as I did for the oven and sprinkled wet batter with toppings. I turned my dehydrator as hot as it would go and it took 4-6 hours depending on the thickness. It was bendy when still warm but as it cooled to room temperature got nice and crisp and broke easily into nice flakes. We found the dehydrator had more even crispness.

NOTE: You don't have to add coconut, or chia seeds(Abby does fine with a bit of chia or hairy basil seed, but for some I know these cause allergies) or other topping, but we thought the smoothness of the flakes without the "toppings" reminded us a bit of goldfish flakes! :-) Tasted great but we thought the addition of texture made it terrific.

We also will add some toasted coconut and dried wild blueberries to the cereal. Raisins, chopped figs or dates if you can eat them would be terrific options.

The flakes are easier to chew then granola and do well holding up in the milk(Abby likes coconut milk). This stuff tastes way better then any of the "boxed" stuff that is packed full of chemicals and other junk we just don't need for our bodies. 5 basic ingredients in this cereal, count how many ingredients are in the box of cereal in your pantry- and how many of the ingredients can you even pronounce?

2 comments:

Kristy Williams said...

Mmmm! I think I need to get a dehydrator, pronto! So funny, I just whipped up some granola this week. If there's no energy suckers this week, I may just have to try this cereal in the oven.

Diane said...

I LOVE my dehydrator :-) From needing to crisp up soggy graham crackers to making safe chicken jerky- fruit leather... endless! But, make sure you get lots of trays and square trays! The circle trays I hated :-) The excalibur is the best- and I have an LEM version that was cheaper but still spendy but worth every dime! :-) On the excalibur website they have refurbished ones with full warranties- I have seen them on Amazon and Overstock for fair prices too.

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