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    I have tried making my own paleo breakfast cereals and it is expensive, time consuming, and generally not worth the effort.

    In a couple of days I am going to find myself in need of quite of a bit of breakfast foods for some peeps and I would really like to have a breakfast cereal for the picky eaters that I can also eat and feel good about without having to spend 30 minutes chopping, mixing and roasting an assload of nuts.

    Are there any kinds of breakfast cereals out there I can grab that are at least somewhat paleo approved? I've yet to find any, and Steve's Paleo Cereal is like 4 bucks a bowl so screw that noise.


  • #2
    Cereal is grain.
    Unless you make your own or spill the cash for the expensive Paleo cereal - you're S.O.L.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Lily Marie View Post
      Cereal is grain.
      Unless you make your own or spill the cash for the expensive Paleo cereal - you're S.O.L.
      You know how people call all nose tissues a kleenex?

      You know how even if it's not a Xerox machine, people say they are making Xeroxes?

      It's the same with crap you put in a bowl with milk, it's all cereal.


      • #4
        Rice Crispies are mostly rice. You can get rice only rice crisp cereal at places like Whole Foods.

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        • #5
          Yogurt/whipped cream and berries/fruit is an awesome breakfast. If you want crunch too, you could add some nuts . . .that actually sounds really good right now. LoL


          • #6
            I'm guessing what you want is some kind of paleo/primal nut & dried fruit mix to put in milk that you can call 'cereal'. (Ironic as cereals are grains - but I think I get where you are going with it). If that's what you are looking for, I don't think there is a way around it being expensive - the base materials are just too high in cost - which is why Steve's cereal costs so much. The least expensive approach is going to be making it yourself - although, honestly, I'm not certain why it's time consuming but perhaps I'm missing something in your approach. I'm curious what 'cereal' recipes have you tried?
            Why not just throw together some chopped walnuts/almonds/pecans, with dried blueberries/cranberries/strawberries, and some flaked coconut (plus perhaps fresh nutmeg)? When serving add fresh berries and almond milk (or yogurt) and call it breakfast. It should be delicious ... but if your peeps are used to cornflakes, they probably aren't going to see it as cereal no matter how you dress it up.
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            • #7
              If I have a craving for cereal-ish stuff, I just throw some nuts and seeds in a bowl (usually almonds and sunflower seeds), add unsweetened shredded coconut, maybe some raisins, and pour on milk/coconut milk/almond milk. You can buy slivered almonds, which saves you chopping them up. That's about as quick and simple as paleo cereal gets. You don't have to make the paleo granola--that just adds sugar to it anyhow usually since most of those recipes call for toasting with honey etc.
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              • #8
                Hey Rivvin, I has the same problem when my folks came to stay and when getting them onto pb.
                In the end I just had to suck it up and make a big batch of the 'no grain'nola type cereal from home roasted mixed nuts, coconut flakes, etc.
                A bit of time once every week or two and you have enough Nola to last for a while.

                @girlarchitect it takes time because without the roasting (and soaking if you really want to be picky) the nuts don't have the light "cereal" like texture, they're just like, well a bowl of nuts

                You can also grind it finer and make an almost porridge like brekkie.

                It's actually pretty tasty, especially topped off with yoghurt or cream and berries, but I wouldn't eat it every day just because of the amount of nuts and their omega 6content.

                But it also makes a nice condiment to sprinkle on other foods, desserts, salads, bowl of fruit and or yoghurt for brekkie just to give it a little crunch.
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                • #9
                  Looks like I just have to make my own for while they are here, time to see if I can actually find some raw nuts around here.

                  I am just so tired of cooking everything by hand, I miss shopping at the super market ;(


                  • #10
                    In the words of Donkey from Shrek: "You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, "Let's get some parfait," they say, "Hell no, I don't like no parfait"? Parfaits are delicious! "

                    seriously, fresh fruit + yogurt (and you could probably make some granola-like substance by mixing sticky sweet sappy stuff with chopped nuts)
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                    • #11
                      Do they have to eat primal? Can you get away with buying a box of Oatmeal Crisp?

                      Edited - because, maybe they'd eat primal pancakes! Or egg muffins. Here's a chance to try some primal breakfast recipes.

                      I've also heard of this stuff called Rivvin's bread that's pretty good with a couple of over easy eggs on top!
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rivvin View Post
                        Are there any kinds of breakfast cereals out there I can grab that are at least somewhat paleo approved? I've yet to find any, and Steve's Paleo Cereal is like 4 bucks a bowl so screw that noise.
                        Thing is cereals (speaking here botanically) really require cooking (at the very least). Cold "breakfast cereal" that you get in a packet and add cold milk to is mostly a modern invention ... and I think down to the original Mr. Kellog's unhealthy obsession with bowels. Even people in this general movement—like the WAPF people—who do eat cereal grains don't eat 'em cold. Sally Fallon pronounced an anathema against them in Nourishing Traditions. :-)

                        You can get hold of stuff that might be kinder on the stomach, such as buckwheat or millet flakes, but whether it's a good idea to eat anything like that if it's not been lactic fermented—let alone not cooked. Usually on the shelves in Gluten-free sections of supermarkets if you want.

                        A paleo-ish starchy breakfast would probably be something like what they have in Vanatua (link recently posted by Stabby). That's root vegetables (yams probably) slowly simmered in coconut milk. With the right spices that would probably taste quite good.

                        Otherwise, could you compromise on rice pudding? Or is that not a breakfast dish to your visitors? Cold boiled rice (something like Arborio rice) heated with a mixture of milk and cream, sweetened with a little honey, with a little vanilla for flavour and sprinkled with nutmeg would work. Old fashioned rice-pudding used to have marrow in it, which would make it pretty primal even despite the rice.


                        • #13
                          Steve's Paleo Krunch may be expensive, but it is oh so good. Love it!

                          Anyway, they make puffed rice cereals that are gluten free & in the "health" section of most regular grocery stores. Here's a sweeter one I tried a year back & it wasn't bad. Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Honey, Freeze Dried Blueberries, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor. Not exactly paleo with the added sugars... but they make a plain puffed rice too that has no sweetener at all.. just add nuts, fruit, honey, or whatever.
                          Last edited by Jen AlcesAlces; 07-05-2011, 12:26 PM.
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                          • #14
                            I'd suggest trying Sarah Fragosos site for some ideas. If she can get a 3, 10 and 15 yo to eat what she makes for breakfast, then I'd imagine it would work on anyone. Just doing a quick search, quite a few things came up... none of them are 'cereal' per se, but when is it written in stone that thou shalt not eateth thine first meal unless it haveth milk on it, verily.

                            Almond meal griddle cakes… | Everyday Paleo
                            Egg Cupcakes! | Everyday Paleo
                            Server Problem Solved and Paleo Apple Muffins!! | Everyday Paleo
                            Bedtime Blueberries… | Everyday Paleo
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                            • #15
                              Make your own granola. Mix quinoa flakes (or oats!!1) with chopped up nuts, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, coconut oil, palm sugar, cinnamon and honey, toast at 350 for ~15 minutes. Mix it with some dried fruit after it cools.

                              I like to eat this with milk, cold instant coffee, and chocolate casein protein. It's about as close as you'll get to a non-shitty sorta-primal cereal without having to eat an excessive amount of nuts.

                              edit: here's a recipe using whole quinoa:
                              I like the idea of incorporating red quinoa to add extra crunch
                              Last edited by Chaohinon; 07-05-2011, 03:22 PM.
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