Last week Zoe was asking me to buy cereal. Groan. We haven't been cereal people for years. I think it's the least healthy way to start your day. I'm all about keeping our blood sugar even, not spiking it first thing in the morning. My girls are homeschooled, so who would get to deal with the sugar crash? Yep, that would be me =)
About the same time Zoe was asking me to buy cereal, Andy was asking me to make my Chai Granola. He eats it throughout the day, by the handful. I don't know why it never even occurred to me to crumble it and make "cereal." Then the lightbulb went on, and we've been having chai granola cereal with cashew milk for several days now.
I started daydreaming about another flavor of granola/cereal. Vanilla almond strawberry. Mmm. So I bought some slivered almonds and strawberries, and followed the same process as the chai granola. It came out wonderfully. However, next time I'll cut the strawberries into tiny pieces and mix them in with everything else before dehydrating (this time I dehydrated the cut strawberries on their own tray). If your kids are like mine, they will want a bit of strawberry in every bite, so I think mixing the strawberries in at the beginning is the way
Vanilla Almond Strawberry Granola / Cereal
gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free
Soak 2 cups of walnuts & 1.5 cups diced or slivered almonds for about 8 hours.
Rinse and strain.
Add to a bowl with:
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup almond meal flour
1 cup applesauce with no added sugar
20 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
1/4 cup coconut sugar , which is low glycemic index
1 tbsp vanilla extract
16 oz fresh finely chopped strawberries
In a separate bowl mix:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
Combine the two bowls.
Dehydrate at about 115 degrees overnight, or until it's dry and crunchy.
Serve with cashew milk.
For more on chia seeds, and why they rock, read Lexie's post here.