For the past month (okay, nearly two months now, but who’s counting?), I’ve been playing around with this new Erewhon cereal. Back when I attended the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo in Dallas in September, I had the pleasure of meeting Anneleis. We’ve “known” each other online from past Attune Foods events and the like, but it’s always wonderful to meet someone face-to-face. Anneleis gave me a box of their newest cereal, Buckwheat & Hemp, to try out. I was excited. While I rarely eat cereal, I do enjoy the Erewhon gluten-free varieties.
This cereal is heartier than any of the others I’ve tried. The flakes are crunchy and light, but manage to hold up quite nicely in my almond milk. They remind me of a version of Grape Nuts and Raisin Bran flakes, if that makes sense. I loved to munch on a few flakes at a time just on their own, and actually enjoyed a few little bowls of them with almond milk, but eventually knew I should bake something before I went through the entire box.
Of course, I gravitated towards cookies. They are my sweet treat of choice, after all, and I find them easier to bake than many other things. One of my childhood favorites was the oatmeal raisin cookie. I loved its chewy texture and hearty flavor, and the sweetness wasn’t overpowering like other cookie varieties. My Mom often would make a batch for us to pack in our lunch for school, and they were a definite way to put a smile on my face. Of course, nowadays, I rarely eat oats, as they aren’t easy on my tummy, so oatmeal raisin cookies are generally out. I opted to try to recreate a new version of this childhood favorite with my newest favorite cereal instead.
What resulted was a chewy, subtly nutty and hearty cookie, studded with raisins and tasting lightly of cinnamon. I could hardly stay away from them, and I must confess – I had more than one. They would definitely be welcome as a lunchbox treat, or in the afternoon with a little glass of almond milk.
Now, if I could just get out to the store to find some more Buckwheat & Hemp cereal. I’m out.
Buckwheat & Hemp “No-Oatmeal” Raisin Cookies (gluten-free, dairy-free)
1 c almond butter
1 c coconut palm sugar
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 c raisins
1 1/2 c Buckwheat & Hemp cereal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Stir in the almond butter, coconut sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and vanilla until a uniform dough forms. Stir in the raisins and cereal. Scoop into mounds about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and place 2-3 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden at the edges. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen.
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