Cereal comes from a box right?
Not in my house.
When we began cleaning up our diets we switched to organic and gluten-free cereals, but I had always vowed that I would one day make cereal from scratch, and if I could do it totally grain-free it would be a major achievement.
It really seems rather strange to think that you can have a cereal without grains but you can, and honestly I think it tastes better! Now, some purists would say that you don’t need to try and recreate cereal, just enjoy the food in it’s original form. Those purists clearly don’t have kids.
This recipe isn’t set in stone. You can use whatever nuts you want, leave out the coconut, replace the sunflower seeds with a different kind of nut. You could use dried bananas or other fruit, add cinnamon, cashews, pumpkin seeds, dates, flax seeds, chia seeds, maple syrup, whatever floats your boat. Don’t be afraid to experiment but make sure you write down the recipe in case it turns out incredible and you want to be able to recreate it.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s soooo easy to get the kids involved.
And who knows, you just might inspire a future food blogger!
We can’t stop eating this stuff, and it is SO EASY to make, it just takes some time to bake. You can eat it as cereal. Put it on yogurt. Eat it by the handful. I just recommend you have someone hide it after you take some because you will not stop with just one serving, I promise.
- 1 cup soaked raw almonds
- 1 cup soaked raw pecans
- ½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp grass-fed butter (unsalted)
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees farenheit.
- Pulse to grind pecans and almonds just briefly in a food processor. Use a big enough bowl to allow you to add the remaining ingredients to it.
- In a small pan, heat honey and butter until soft and blended well then add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
- Add honey/butter mixture to the nuts and process gently until blended together.
- Add in the sunflower seeds and coconut and continue to pulse until blended. The pieces should be small, it will almost look too small but the pieces will group up when baked.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture out onto it.
- Bake for 4-5 hours until crisp, stir mixture about halfway through but don't break down the pieces too small, you want them to clump together.
- Cool as long as you can before devouring it.
I love when my kids help me in the kitchen because I want them to grow up with the skills to do for themselves.
Both of them.
I want my daughter to know how to change a tire and my son to know how to bake a cake. But it’s not the knowledge that is really important, it’s the confidence that they can do what they set their minds to. Anyone can read a recipe and make an edible meal (I’m living proof of that), or read a vehicle manual to change a tire. But not everyone has the confidence to accept that they have nothing to lose to at least give it their best shot.
We can’t prepare our kids to have the knowledge and skills to tackle anything that comes along in life, but we can give them peace of mind in the form of life experiences that provides them with the self-reliance necessary to always TRY.
Try and fail.
Try and succeed.
Both are critical.
Armed with the knowledge that they don’t need to be afraid to live, they will hopefully garner a whole lifetime of successes AND failures all of which helps them grow up to cherish the little things, know that cereal doesn’t have to come from a box, and never be afraid to try something new.
Part of that confidence comes from knowing that should anything ever happen to my husband or I my kids will be taken care of because we have life insurance. After we got married my husband insisted that we each have a policy and I didn’t really understand the importance then, but I sure do now. I remember sitting down with our financial advisor discussion exactly how much coverage we needed, and I was shocked by how you actually calculate the numbers. Genworth Insurance has some great tools to help you plan for the unknown including a worksheet that will help you figure out how much coverage you actually need.
You do so much.
You run a household.
You are a sibling mediator.
You are a chef.
You administer first-aid.
You teach your kids how to make their own cereal.
And so much more.
It is our job to teach and protect our children. While we cant prevent the unthinkable from happening, we can make sure our children are equipped to handle the aftermath – from simple things like achieving the confidence that they can eventually take care of themselves to making sure there are no financial burdens when you are gone.
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