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Gluten-Free Golden Grahams® Cereal {egg free, nut free, dairy free option}

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No need to forgo your favorite cereal to eat healthier. Gluten-free Golden Grahams® is easy to make, allergy-friendly and contains quality ingredients.No need to forgo your favorite cereal to eat healthier. Gluten free Golden Grahams® is easy to make, allergy friendly and contains quality ingredients.

Whether it’s hot outside and you want a cold breakfast or you are just too busy to cook, it’s very convenient to have cereal on hand.

For those mornings where the kids are up early and need to make their own breakfast. Or when Mom has been up all night with the baby and needs some quick energy. And you don’t happen to have leftover muffin bread pudding on hand. Gluten-free Golden Grahams® really come in handy. Not to mention they taste great!

Why Cereal is Unhealthy

Even though I was a cereal junky for many, many years (HAD to have it every morning), I stopped buying it regularly when we switched to real food. It really is not healthy, even organic.
 
Cereal typically gives you lots of processed sugar, synthetic vitamins/fortification (like Vitamin A!), artificial or “natural” flavors and artificial colors, GMO’s and glyphosate. Not to mention they are made with an extrusion process that makes the grains toxic.No need to forgo your favorite cereal to eat healthier. Gluten free Golden Grahams® is easy to make, allergy friendly and contains quality ingredients.
 
We do still like cereal. And I’ll be honest – we do have some organic gluten-free cereal in the cupboard for a once-in-a-while snack. But my preferred choice if we are craving cereal is homemade. Over the years I’ve made:
 

Did I mention I used to be a cereal addict? I had to make lots of homemade varieties while I transitioned away from processed food. They were delicious experiments.
No need to forgo your favorite cereal to eat healthier. Gluten free Golden Grahams® is easy to make, allergy friendly and contains quality ingredients.

Allergy-Friendly Homemade Cereal

Once we started down the road of food allergies (like going gluten-free) I decided to make my own allergy-friendly versions of our favorite foods. Yes, even cereal!

My kids love them.

Are Golden Grahams® Gluten-Free?

The processed, store-bought version of Golden Grahams® are NOT gluten-free. But this simple homemade version is!

Gluten-free Golden Grahams® are crunchy and sweet. They make a perfect breakfast treat or a fun snack any time of day. My kids love them plain or even mixed into yogurt.
 
Fair warning – they are addictive. And it’s easy to eat a lot since they are so small. Just keep popping a few in your mouth here and there and you’ve eaten quite a few before you know it. No idea how I know that…No need to forgo your favorite cereal to eat healthier. Gluten free Golden Grahams® is easy to make, allergy friendly and contains quality ingredients.

Easy Gluten-Free Snack

Gluten-free Golden Grahams® make a great finger food for on the go. It’s tough to figure out what real food to stash in the diaper bag sometimes. Homemade cereal works very well.

We also love to have a bowl with homemade rice milk for an afternoon snack. It satisfies both your sweet and crunchy cravings – without the extruded grains!

Do you still enjoy cereal? Do you need a healthier, allergen-free version?

Try these homemade Golden Grahams®. You won’t be disappointed.No need to forgo your favorite cereal to eat healthier. Gluten free Golden Grahams® is easy to make, allergy friendly and contains quality ingredients.

Gluten-Free Golden Grahams®

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/4 cup teff flour can be replaced with white rice or amaranth
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or sucanat or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut 4 pieces of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet.
  2. Melt the butter/oil. Set aside.
  3. Mix the flours, sugar and salt in a large bowl.

  4. Add the vanilla, sweetener and the butter and mix until well combined. The dough should hold together when squeezed. If it is crumbly add more honey or butter.

  5. Split the dough into 3 equal parts. Lay one piece of parchment paper on a table. Put 1/3 of dough on the paper. Lay a 2nd piece of parchment on top of dough. Squish the dough down a little with your hand. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough between the parchment paper. Roll the dough until it is very thin (1/16th" or so). Remove the top piece of parchment paper.
  6. Cut into small squares with a pizza cutter or knife. Place on a baking sheet (on the parchment paper...just move the whole thing onto the baking sheet). Repeat for rest of dough.

  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Turn the oven off, but leave the cereal in to get crisp. Remove after 5 min.

  8. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 quarts.

Any 2 cup combination of gluten free flour will work - this combination gives a very neutral flavor.

This post is shared on Allergen Free Wednesday.

10 comments

  1. Peggy says:

    I don’t buy cereal much and I have never made it. It always seems daunting, but this looks pretty good and not that difficult. I’m pinning it for future reference.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Adrienne! Yes, long time 🙂 Do you mean you want me to add a link back to AFW in the recipes that I share on there? If so, just let me know and I’ll get them updated asap. If it’s something else, just let me know. THANKS!!!

      • Hi there! Yes, just add a link to the post in AFW on my site at the bottom of your post like “Shared at Allergy Free Wednesday”. I didn’t get a reply in my email that you replied to my comment – I have a plug in to do that and can recommend it if you’d like :).

  2. RC says:

    Would this make a decent graham crust for a pie by placing rolled dough in a pie pan and baking or would the crust be too hard/crunchy without then taking the steps to crush, add butter, etc. (like you would for a traditional graham crust)?

  3. Dusty says:

    I just found this and I have to wonder that there are only 8 Comments. This is like a Gold Mine find! My husband has been so patient with becoming gluten free and mostly because he doesn’t have to deal with pain everywhere! But Golden Grahams are by far his favorite cereal from his childhood. I will be making these as a gift for him for some unexpected occasion!
    1 question: is there a taste difference that is notable with the coconut oil vs vegan margarine? (we are also plant-based…we eat honey.) I want to make the best choice.

    • I hope he enjoys them, Dusty! I have never tried vegan margarine, so I can’t compare the flavor. You could use refined coconut oil if you want a neutral flavor. Or if the margarine has a butter flavor that would likely work as well.

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