5-Minute Homemade Cereal (raw, gf)

Ah, cereal. A classic breakfast of childhood. My go-to were often Cheerios with banana slices, but when we were given a special treat my ultimate favorite were Peanut Butter Bumpers.

A delicious as this was, it cannot now be considered satisfying as the first meal of the day. As much as I wish this convenient dish functioned in adulthood, I know it does not hold me over for longer than an hour.

What to do when you crave the fun and ease of this kind of meal, without the sugar crash or lack of protein? Enter: homemade cereal!


This remix recipe is pretty reminiscent of granola but requires no oil or baking time. That’s right — you’re five minutes away from a tasty snack that would be perfect with almond milk, atop yogurt, or in a smoothie bowl.

Who wants to turn the oven on in this heat, anyway?

As with many of my recipes, the contents are totally customizable. I added a bunch of pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts for protein and healthy fat, while dates provide sticking power and sweetness. Flax seeds work to bind things together, but if you don’t have those, chia works just as well.

If you’re feeling more indulgent, cocoa powder and chocolate chips would be worth trying 🍫


I hope you enjoy this easy breakfast idea!  This recipe makes 2 cups of cereal (easy doubled) and  was inspired by Minimalist Baker.

As always, please tag @garlic_head so I can see your lovely creations💓

5-Minute Homemade Cereal (raw, gf)
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 2 cups
Forget sugar-laded store bought cereals--this whole foods version is definitely crave-worthy and chock full of healthy ingredients.
  • ¾ cup mix of walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds (whatever nuts you have on hand, really)
  • 10 pitted medjool dates, soft
  • 2 TBS flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup oats, gluten-free if needed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mix-ins of choice such as: freeze dried raspberries, fresh fruit, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, raisins, etc.
  1. In a food processor, pulse nuts a few times until crumbly but not totally broken down. Add in dates and pulse a few times more until roughly chopped.
  2. Dump mixture into a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, stirring thoroughly to combine. Store in a sealed container.
  3. This cereal will keep in the fridge for a few weeks! I enjoy mine when served with almond milk and fresh berries.

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