brown rice puffs

Maca Cacao Puff Cereal by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


we're in a bit of a transition over here.  frank and i are all ready for the babe, as he can come any day now, but still living a our normal day-to-day life. and it's felt very strange to me, as i'm very much a structured person.  i function best when i have a schedule and routine.  so all the in-between, not-knowing limbo has been messing with me a little.  just the other day i finished up all the work i had taken on before my "leave", which i thought would feel great and give me some much needed rest.  but i still find myself craving some sense of normalcy, because thinking about how our sweet baby is going to forever alter our reality just seems way too big to imagine without it actually happening. so, naturally, working is what has kept mind mind in-check.  

so basically this recipe was born out my restless brain!  i planned on sharing it later in october when i knew there would be a lull here, but i was too excited not to share it sooner, so here it is!  it's a riff off a cocoa granola that i frequently buy at the grocery store.  but i wanted an everyday breakfast cereal that didn't have brown rice syrup in the mix, included nuts in some fashion, had a bit more of a lick of salt, and increased crunchiness.  i also didn't want to post another granola recipe because i think there are two already on the site, and i wanted to get away from oats for a second.  

this cereal's base is made from puffed brown rice and puffed millet, mixed with a good amount of raw mixed nuts, and a couple servings of maca powder.  since frank's started a more rigorous work out in the mornings, he's been trying to work more amino acids into his diet post-workout.  so aside from maca being an all-star superfood, it also holds an awesome flavor that pairs perfectly with cacao.  the wet mix is made up of almond butter, maple syrup and some coconut oil to help bind the cereal making it a bit clumpy :)  this has been a favorite morning meal or mid-afternoon snack eaten either as cereal, dry out of the jar, or to top some ice cream!  i hope you all enjoy as much as we do! 

xo's!

*and if you haven't entered last week's giveaway of my book, there's still time to do so here! :)



maca cacao puff cereal | v & gf

| makes about 4 cups |

  • 2 cups puffed brown rice
  • 1 cup puffed millet
  • 1 cup raw chopped nuts (i used a mix of almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup creamy unsalted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup grade b maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder

options to serve with:

  • almond milk
  • sliced bananas
  • toasted pepitas, or seeds of choice


method

  1. preheat oven to 250ยฐF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. in a large bowl, mix together the brown rice puffs, millet, puffs, chopped nuts, maca powder, and salt.  set aside.
  3. in a small saucepan, whisk together the almond butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil over medium-low heat until almond butter and coconut oil are melted.  remove from heat and whisk in the cacao powder until combined.
  4. pour the wet cacao mix over the dry mix and use a rubber spatula to combine thoroughly, about 2 minutes, until everything is coated evenly.
  5. transfer the cereal mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in an even layer. bake for 20-25, rotating the baking sheet halfway through for even cooking.
  6. remove and cool the cereal completely before storing in a large lidded jar.  
  7. serve with your favorite milk, toasted pepitas, and sliced banana.

enjoy!


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(no bake) peanut butter + cacao nib cereal bars (gf + v) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


i'm pretty sure i've spoken about my affinity for peanut butter, but when i looked in my blog archive and found only a single recipe highlighting one of my favorite things to enjoy, i knew i needed to fix that!  my fondness for peanut butter is somewhat well-known to those who are around me often, i've even received a jar of peanut butter and a copy of E.T. as a birthday present one year because my friend knew how much i loved those 2 together. and when i'm hungry for a quick snack i'll grab a spoonful of peanut butter.  then there are the days  when i'm super lazy and needing that nut buttery fix and an apple and peanut butter is my lunch, or even my dinner.  so when i saw these cereal bars on pinterest a few weeks ago, i had the biggest Oprah, aha (!!!) moment.  i could combine my fave cereal and my fave nut butter to make the bars of my dreams!

these bars are the simplest and most rewarding snacks that come together and can be enjoyed in about 30 minutes (freezing the bars makes the set faster, which i'm a huge fan of!).  there's no baking, or setting, and they're kind of on the healthy side.  i used puffed varieties of brown rice and millet, which happen to be gluten free whole grains, plus, they have a super crunchy texture which gives them a rice crispy treat quality.   there's also cacao nibs for crunch and some chocolate undertones, and chopped peanuts because that peanut flavor is so necessary ;)  they're easy to store, portable, and somewhat filling - all wins in my book!  i hope you enjoy them as much as i do :)

xo!



peanut butter + cacao nib cereal bars | v + gf

as i said above, i love peanut butter and really wanted a peanut buttery snack.  but feel free to incorporate your preferred choice of nut butter and nuts here.  you could also use another crunchy cereal of choice, or replace the brown rice syrup with honey. and if you're wanting more chocolatey flavor replace the cacao nibs with chocolate chips, or melt chocolate and drizzle on top of the bars.

| makes 16 square bars |

  • coconut oil, for the pan
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups puffed millet
  • 3/4 cup unsalted roughly chopped roasted peanuts 
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter


method

  1. lightly grease an 8x8-inch square pan with coconut oil.  line the bottom and sides of the pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. in a large bowl, mix together the brown rice puffs, millet puffs, chopped peanuts, cacao nibs, and salt.
  3. in a small saucepan over a medium-low heat, use a rubber spatula to combine the brown rice syrup and peanut butter.  heat and stir the mixture until it's fluid and smooth, about 5 minutes.  pour the syrup and peanut butter mixture over the puffed cereal mix and use the spatula to combine.  mix for a few minutes, until each piece of the mixture is evenly coated. 
  4. transfer the mixture to your prepared pan and use the back of the spatula (or, if the mixture isn't too hot, use your fingers) to press the bards firmly and evenly into the pan.
  5. let the bars sit at room temperature for 1 hour, or freeze for 20 minutes until firm.  slice the bars into 16 squares with a sharp knife.  bars can be kept in an air tight container at room temperature for 4-5 days.

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