Were you coo-coo for Cocoa Puff’s cereal when you were a kid? I certainly was, but my mom didn’t often buy it because she thought that Shredded Wheat or Life cereals were healthier. (Her efforts to curb my sweet tooth were to no avail, though!) Now that I’m an adult, I know how to satisfy those sweet cravings with healthier, if not completely virtuous, options.
Total Time:-51875486.866667 minute
Yield:5 cups 1x
¼ cup dried cherries, dried blueberries or goji berries
Preheat oven to 250-degrees F and set aside a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, stir together the cherries, blueberries or goji berries, the cereals and oats. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the almond butter, applesauce, maple syrup, cacao/cocoa powder and cinnamon. Heat just until melted and thoroughly combined.
Pour this mixture into the cereal/oats mixture and stir to coat everything. The mixture will be clumpy and stiff. Scrape out onto a baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
Let the cereal cool completely before storing in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. To serve, add non-dairy milk and top with fresh berries.