I love granola or cereal in the morning and the flavor of maple and cinnamon together. This recipe really tastes a lot like a cereal you might buy in the store. I used my dehydrator to get a really crisp cereal, but you could also use your oven as a dehydrator but it probably won't be as crisp. I also tried this recipe using coconut nectar in place of the maple syrup, but it didn't have near the taste. Maple syrup isn't necessarily raw, so if you choose to use another sweetener, you will definitely lose the maple flavor. You can eat this with milk or just snack on it plain. Either way, it's pretty yummy!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1T cinnamon
- 1t vanilla powder or extract
- 1/4t nutmeg
- 1/4t sea salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chia gel* (2t chia mixed with 1/4c water)
Process all dry ingredients together in food processor until you get a good flour. Add in maple syrup and chia get and mix until a dough forms.
I used two trays to roll out my dough. If you want a thicker dough, you can just roll out the dough as is. I divided the dough into two equal sections. Place a piece of parchment paper on the tray and place your dough in a ball on the parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper over the dough and roll out dough according to your likes.
The thinner you roll it out, the crispier it will be. Once dough is to your liking, take off top piece, and place trays in dehydrator. Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 1 hour and then turn to 115 degrees and dehydrate for 8-12 hours for a really crisp cereal. Store in an airtight container. I don't know how long this will last as I eat mine within a couple of days. You can double this recipe so you'll get more cereal.
*I make a chia gel that I keep in the refrigerator at all times. I mix 1/2 cup chia seeds with 3 cups water in a large jar and let sit on counter for a few hours and stir it a few times. Shake it up good and then place in the refrigerator and use as needed. You can use this gel in almost any recipe and I like to eat a couple of tablespoons of it just plain every day for energy and recovery from workouts. This will last a couple of weeks or maybe more. I usually finish mine in about two weeks.