Raw Spice Crunch Cereal with Vanilla Hemp Milk

When I was a child, I was not a big fan of cereal.  Cinnamon toast crunch however was a different story.  I loved the stuff!  It was sweet and cinnamony...I admit I still think about it sometimes as an adult, although I would never buy it since it is so sugary and not so healthy.  I thought I would never be enjoying it again, but then last week I was reading Raw Food Real World by Sarma Melngailis and Matthew Kenney.  I came across their recipe for Maple Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies which sounded similar to cinnamon toast crunch and I got really excited! 

I wanted to make something really similar to it with ingredients I had on hand.  Mine would have nutmeg and cardamom added because I love those spices together.  I got to work that night.  I had my batter all mixed, really simple, just buckwheat, coconut nectar, spices and sea salt. I had spread it out on my dehydrator tray, started drying it and about half an hour into the drying when it was starting to smell really good...the power went out. 

I was so upset.  I wanted this cereal so bad. But I was not about to give up so I drove my dehydrator over to my Dad's house where there was power.  He only lives a mile away so thank goodness it was not out there because it was out for about 16 hours.  The cereal was saved and it turned out delicious!

I had to serve it with delicious raw milk as well, so I whipped up a batch of sweet vanilla hemp milk, topped it off with berries and it was perfect!  Way better than the cereal I remembered as a child. 

Raw Spice Crunch Cereal with Vanilla Hemp Milk
Adapted from Maple Cinnamon Buckwheat Crispies from Raw Food Real World by Sarma Melngailis and Matthew Kenney

Raw Spice Crunch Cereal
Makes about 4 cups

2 cups raw buckwheat groats
1/2 cup raw cocout nectar, agave nectar or maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp sea salt

Soak the buckwheat groats in filtered water for 30 minutes, then drain and rinse well.  Place in a food processor along with coconut nectar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and sea salt and process until smooth.  Spread out onto a lined dehydrator sheet 1/8 inch thick.  Place in the dehydrator and dry for about 6 hours at 115F degrees then score into small one inch squares. Place back in the dehydrator and continue to dry for another 18 hours (it will be about 24 hours total) until completely dry and crisp.  Break apart and enjoy!

Raw Vanilla Hemp Milk
Makes 4 cups

1 cup hempseeds
4 cups filtered water
4-6 pitted medjool dates (depending on how sweet you want it)
seeds of one vanilla bean (or 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract)

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 1 minute until smooth (strain if desired, but I like it as is). 


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  1. June 26, 2013 at 17:27

    I LOVE raw cereals! I have always been a cereal loving person. I used to like cinnamon toast crunch too but of course - I wouldn't buy it now. You made me laugh in this post! lol you were VERY persistent on having your cereal! ;) Luckily for you, your dad doesn't live far from you. I am getting a dehydrator soon, and I have a bucket load of recipes I want to try out. This cereal will be my 1st recipe I try from you!! :) I can't wait; it's super easy, too! which i love! <br /><br />Have a lovely week!! :)

    • June 27, 2013 at 01:11

      Thanks Miliany! You would love it, seriously so good and I am not much of a cereal eater. Lol...yeah what I left out is I brought it over there the next morning before work because I was hoping the power would come back on overnight. So not cool haha. I hope you get your dehydrator soon!

    • October 9, 2013 at 17:51

      Two days ago, I made your vanilla hemp milk and it was delicious! Thank you so much for your inspiration! Next time, I'll make the cereal! I'll keep you posted whenever I make your recipes! :)

    • October 11, 2013 at 00:12

      Awesome! I am glad you tried it, and I am happy that I inspire you. I love to hear when you make the recipes! Hope you have a wonderful week Miliany :)!

  2. June 27, 2013 at 01:05

    Cool recipe, as usual! Every time I visit your blog I remember how a dehydrator must be my next kitchen purcase.

    • June 27, 2013 at 01:11

      Thanks Kimberly :)! Definitely recommend one!

  3. July 2, 2013 at 21:05

    I made a double batch and I'm so glad I did! Normally I wouldn't do that without testing a recipe, but everytime I make a recipe of yours I wish I had twice as much. I LOVE buckwheat and this cereal is wonderfully crunchy with just the right spices going on. I had it for breakfast with almond milk and have been snacking on it like crackers since then. I'll have to get busy and make another double batch. The only downside is waiting for the cereal to hurry and dehydrate! Thanks for another awesome recipe Amy! You may single-handedly prove to the world that raw food is delicious and good for you. You've made believers out of my meat and potatoes family! :-)

    • July 3, 2013 at 01:07

      Awesome! I am glad you enjoyed it :)! I agree it is hard to wait ;). But so worth it! You are so welcome, I am happy to share with you and I am happy to hear your family enjoys the raw food!

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