I was kind of an odd child.
I was terrified of animals, didn't like cake (I know!), hated pizza, refused to eat what my Mum sent me to school with in my lunchbox because it "wasn't fresh" (my poor Mum had to deal with knowing that I'd never eat anything at school and instead fed me at home instead :P) and I only ever ate cereal dry.
Cocoa pops and milk? Nope. Fruit loops? Disgusting. Sugar frosties? Soggy blankets. All of those normal "childhood foods" and I were not friends.
I was a vegemite and cheese on toast kinda girl and cereal never got a look in... unless it was dry... and only if it was sultana bran (read: raisin bran if you're in the US).
These days? I won't pass up a good cereal - but I still tend to opt for less soggy pairs. You see, whilst I will happily eat cereal with milk now, I like my cereal CRUNCHY and the best way to enjoy cereal at its crunchiest is to eat it on it's own ;)
But since gluten free cereals don't tend to be the most nutritious (and lets be honest, delicious) things in the world - I decided to make my own... and thus this delicious Paleo Cocoa Bombs Cereal Recipe was born!
Not only is it grain free and gluten free, it's also egg free and vegan so everyone can enjoy it! We've been eating in on top of smoothie bowls, scattered over yogurt bowls and eaten dry like a crunchy little cookies and we cannot get enough!
So let me share the recipe with you! >>
Homemade Paleo Cocoa Bombs Cereal
makes about 4 serves or two cups of cereal that is
gluten free, vegan, grain free, egg free, dairy free,
refined sugar free, low carb and a clean eating recipe
1 1/2 cups (150g) almond meal/almond flour*
2 tbsp (15g) coconut flour
2 tbsp (15g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp (15g) applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat your oven to 180C/355F.
- Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, add your almond meal, coconut flour and cocoa powder and mix until combined.
- Add in your oil, applesauce and maple syrup and mix until your mixture starts to resemble a dough.
- Once all of your ingredients are combined, break off small pieces of dough, roll into a ball and place on your baking sheet. Repeat until all of your dough is formed into balls.
- Bake your cocoa bombs for 12-15 minutes or until crisp.
- Allow your cereal to cool completely before eating or storing in an airtight container. This cereal will keep for up to a week stored at room temperature in an airtight container or jar and is perfect for enjoying on it's own with milk, on top of smoothie bowls or dry as a snack!
*Alternatively you can use 1 cup of any other nut or seed of your choice (sunflower seeds are a great nut free option) and simply pulse those nuts/seeds in a food processor until you get a flour-like consistency and no big chunks remain.
But tell me, what was one kid food/thing you just didn't agree with as a kid?
My other thing was hamburgers.... in fact I'd never tried a fast food burger until last year in New Zealand when we had gluten free burgers at BurgerFuel... and I wasn't a fan.