Homemade Almond Pulp Cereal Bites!

| Breakfast

IMG_8705IMG_8704My husband used to eat Weetbix honey bites every morning for breakfast.  He loved the sweet, crunchiness and the convenience of just adding warm milk.  Since becoming more health conscious he has stopped eating these sugary cereals – one doesn’t need a ton of sugar and a long list of unpronounceable ingredients to enter your poor body first thing in the morning!  After being stuck with a bunch of nut pulp after making nut milk, I decided to try to simulate these honey bites.  The result was VERY pleasing:)  Both my husband and I love it – the taste, the texture and the fact that every ingredient in this will nourish you to the core and start your day on the right note.

You do not need to use almond pulp – any nut pulp will do.  I used almond pulp in this batch, but am going to use hazelnut pulp in the next batch.  Even sesame pulp will do the trick:)

IMG_8707The bites are so yummy to eat even when dry, but I enjoyed them with banana slices, goji berries and warm roasted hazelnut milk.  These cereal bites are so sweet that you don’t need to add any sweetener at all.

Ingredients (Makes one small batch of 2-4 servings.  2 serving if eaten without fruit, 4 if eaten with a chopped banana or other fruit.)

  • 1 cup almond pulp flour (see under instructions)
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (Grind oats in a blender/food processor until fine.  Then measure out 2/3 cup of this flour.)
  • 1/3 cup honey/maple syrup (you can use less if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder/extract/essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

To make nut pulp into nut flour:   After making your nut milk, squeeze as much of the water out of the nut pulp as possible.  Spread nut pulp onto a sheet in your dehydrator and dehydrate until completely dry.  Alternatively, put your oven onto its lowest temperature and dry in the oven – stirring frequently to ensure it doesn’t burn.  Remove once completely dry.  Place this dry nut pulp into your food processor or blender and process until it forms a flour.  Store in an airtight container and use in place of store bought nut flour.  I usually pop my wet nut pulp into an airtight container in the freezer until I have accumulated enough nut pulp to make a lot of nut flour all in one go.  When I have accumulated enough, I let it thaw overnight in the fridge and dehydrate it the following day.

Simply mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread in a thin layer on a dehydrator sheet.  Dehydrate at 65º for about 12 hours.  At this point try lifting it.  If you are able to lift it, place it on a chopping board and cut into bite sized pieces.  If it is not ready to be lifted, dehydrate a bit longer.  Place the pieces back on the dehydrator sheet but place them upside down (so the underside can dry this time).  Dehydrate for another 6-12 hours or until a desired texture has been reached.  These bites do not crunch or snap.  They have a lovely texture though – they have an amazing bite to them and the flavour is beautiful.

I have not tried dehydrating this in an oven, but it should work.  If you want to try, set your oven on its lowest temperature setting and check on it frequently.  If anyone has success with this – please share and let me know:)

Store the cereal in an airtight container and enjoy!  We loved this so much that I plan on cutting them into larger squares next time and eating them as cereal bars:)

Don’t waste that nut pulp!
Dr T

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