Commercial cereals are definitely a no-go on Paleo because they’re loaded with things that aren’t Paleo friendly, like wheat and other grains, and a host of artificial ingredients and unnatural flavors and dyes. Getting back in touch with a more primal way of starting your day can make a big difference in how you feel, and can kickstart your morning so you feel great, alert, and ready to take on the day.
1. Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch
Here’s a Paleo twist to Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but unlike the brand name cereal your body won’t have to suffer through things like whole grain wheat, refined sugar, industrial grade salt, and additives like maltodextrin and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene, used to preserve fat content). Instead, you’ll be getting nutritious ingredients like flax seed, hemp seed, real cinnamon, and coconut oil. You don’t have to worry about how it was made, how long ago it was made, or what sort of questionable ingredients it contains.
2. Paleo Chocolate Cereal
If Cocoa Puffs or Cocoa Pebbles used to be your cereal of choice, this chocolatey Paleo cereal may be your best bet as a substitute. The reason this recipe works so well is that it comes out in the familiar round shape, so it feels like you’re eating cocoa balls which makes it fun instead of looking like a health food. It’s made with almonds and coconut flour, which is blended up into a sort of dough which you then roll into a ball and bake. This may seem like a lot of work just for a cereal, but you can make up a big batch for the week and just store the extra in an airtight container.
3. Honey Bunches of Paleo Cereal
This is an attempt to give you the flavor of Honey Bunches of Oats, but without the nasty stuff like high oleic oils (the replacement of hydrogenated oils), whole grain wheat, and a ton of added sugar. They’re using a nice mix of nuts and seeds, as well as raw honey, cherries, and coconut. It also has coconut oil and coconut flour for additional flavor. This is a breakfast cereal that will really get your taste buds going, and you won’t have to regret it after you eat it. Compared to the cost of a box of cereal, this may come out to be a little more, but you have to pay a bit more for a higher level of quality.
4. Flint Chips Cereal
This recipe likes to point out the fact that The Flintstones have been endorsing things like Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles for years, but these cereals do not accurately represent what was being eaten in the Stone Age. Instead they offer an eclectic mix of apples, coconut, cinnamon, chocolate, and nuts for a flavor overload without the use of rice, tons of sugar, and partially hydrogenated oils you’ll find in cereals sold on store shelves. The artificial colors used in these cereals is reason enough to look elsewhere for sustenance, not to mention all of the synthetic vitamins they pump into these cereals to make them seem healthy. Get your vitamins from real food sources, the way early man did.
5. Cinnamon Pecan Crunch Cereal
You can’t go wrong with cinnamon and pecans, especially when you add some chocolate into the mix. The nutritional value of a Paleo diet is often overshadowed by everyone thinking you just end up eating a ton of meat. But some of the nutrition you get from Paleo approved foods like sunflower seeds, almond butter, and cinnamon deserve to get some attention. Since it’s not always feasible or desirable to start your day with meat and veggies, it’s nice to be able to stay in line with Paleo and get a good fill up in the morning.
6. Tropical Paleo Cereal
This is a tropical themed breakfast that is made into a cereal by the use of coconut milk. It incorporates four distinct tastes into one bowl, with kiwi, banana, mango, and pineapple all working together. When eating Paleo you’ll soon notice that fruit takes a backseat to vegetables and meat, but it’s still good to get a daily portion of fruit into your system because of all the good things they contain, namely antioxidants and fiber. The coconut milk adds some healthy fat to the equation, and you’ll be fueled through the morning with this.
7. FlaxChia Cereal
Flax seeds and chia seeds are both great additions to a Paleo-based diet. They bring with them omega-3 fatty acids and a good portion of fiber as well as some protein. Often they are used as a peripheral ingredient, but here they take on more of a leading role. This is another instance where you’ll be making a dough and then cutting your cereal into the desire shape. Because it’s baked you’ll get that nice crunch you want in the morning to help wake you up, without the need of a lot of oil. She’s using coconut oil, which is a Paleo approved oil, so you’re good to go.
8. Cinnamon Apple Creamed (Hot) Cereal
For cold mornings when you want to feel warm and happy on the inside there’s nothing like a hot cereal. This recipe gives you a nice creamy cereal without the use of any dairy. They’ve opted for almond milk instead, which is going to lend a nice flavor while being well tolerated by the body. It also uses coconut milk, so it’s going to have a nice thick creaminess to it as well as a yummy flavor. The cinnamon apple combo is a tried and tested breakfast winner.
9. Coconut Muesli
Muesli would get the ax on Paleo because of all the grains it contains. Here’s a Paleo friendly muesli recipe that you can enjoy as your new daily breakfast, or use on those occasions when you don’t have a lot of time. There aren’t any oats being used, and this relies on almonds, walnuts, coconut flakes, chocolate, and raisins to get the job done. They say you can add whey protein to it to help with the protein content, and this will be a judgement call on your part as it hits a Paleo grey area.
10. Paleo Breakfast Cereal
This cereal resembles a bowlful of items that the gatherers in the hunter/gatherer duo would have been able to scrounge up. That makes it a perfect Paleo style breakfast. It’s a mix of crunchy and nutty things like pecans, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios, combined with sweet and tart berries. To help it all taste better there’s a dab of raw honey, giving this just the right amount of sweetness. The nuts will provide you with energy and the berries will provide you with antioxidants so you should feel good all morning long.
11. Nut Munch Breakfast Cereal
This is a nice mix of almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey. It all gets blended together and then popped into the oven to bake up nice and crunchy. They recommend eating it with either coconut milk or almond milk and point out that if your body can handle it some raw cow’s milk may be the way to go. The result is a sweet and crunchy cereal that will satisfy you if you used to be a big cereal eater before making the switch to Paleo.
12. Apple Cinnamon Chia Cereal
It’s always fun to watch a Paleo cook deconstruct a product and make their own version of it. It’s all about taking what’s out there and making it work for you. In this instance they’ve figured out how to replicate a chia cereal that’s packed with chia seeds, hemp hearts, apples, cinnamon, and sugar. You’re sure to enjoy the finished product, and the best part is that nothing it contains is unhealthy for you. It’s always satisfying to eat a Paleo meal because it all works to your benefit.
13. Quick Activated Walnut Breakfast Cereal
The activating process might not be too quick, but once you have a supply of activated walnuts you can whip up this cereal in a jiffy. Activating the walnuts entails soaking them in salted water which makes them easier to digest. This is a great tip for Paleo followers since it’s key to keep your digestive system moving along and avoid eating foods that are hard to digest. Dates, apples, and coconuts round out this breakfast bowl, packed with enough power to have you coasting through to lunchtime.
14. Sweet Cinnamon Cereal
The neat thing about this recipe is that it can either be used as a cereal or as a graham cracker. It could make a great stand-in for Golden Grahams, and if you add a little chocolate to the bowl it could fill in for S’mores cereal. Almond flour and maple syrup get blended up into a dough which then gets rolled out and baked up into these crispy crackers. The only decision you’ll have to make after baking these up is what sort of milk you want to have with them. Almond or coconut usually works as a Paleo-friendly choice.
15. Apple Almond Coconut Cereal
This recipe is nice because there’s no measuring involved, which is totally the way Paleolithic man would have thrown things together. They use measurements like “handful” instead of the traditional cups and tablespoons. The ingredients are all very Paleo in nature, with apples, almonds, dates, and coconut all making an appearance. A little bit of time spent in the food processor and it’s good to go. They recommend blending it up a bit more if you’ll be feeding your little Paleo eaters with this.
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