Quick Activated Walnut Breakfast Cereal

Although I am definitely a huge fan of eggs and they make up the majority of my breakfasts, sometimes I wake up and I just want something else. A bit of “comfort breakfast” if you will. Something that takes me back to when I was little, and ate cereal (gasp!) and didn’t think twice about what was in it. While I’ll readily admit that days of not thinking twice about what I consume are long gone, I can at least make a cereal that is delicious, nutritious, and feels like a total sweet treat – but only sweetened with fruit. This is such a simple recipe but thought I would share just because it’s tricky to find a yummy paleo breakfast alternative that doesn’t involve baking – even most paleo “granolas” involve baking. This is a quick whizz-and-go, raw (extra goodness) breakfast cereal.

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Ingredients (serves 4)

7 pitted dates

2 medium apples, cored and quartered

3/4 cup coconut flakes, or shredded coconut

3/4 activated walnuts*** (they don’t need to be activated, it just makes them wayyy nicer – and easier to digest)



Throw all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until chunky. Serve with milk of choice – coconut or almond work really well. Enjoy – x.


***To activate, simply soak overnight with a pinch of himalayan crystal salt and dry in dehydrator or in a very very low oven.



  1. Mark says

    sounds tasty , but as a diabetic, this would kill me. :) But for normal folks, probably ok, although that must cause them an insulin rush as welll

    • Carmen says

      Hi Mark, there would be a bit of an insulin rush, but nothing like what you would get in comparison to a regular sugar-filled breakfast cereal. As I mentioned, eggs or protein are definitely best, but as a treat, a brekky like this one can be quite delicious. Sorry if it doesn’t suit you though.

  2. says

    Thank you! I can’t wait to try this. I’ve been eating eggs every morning since I started paleo over a year ago. I’m so looking forward to having something different.

  3. says

    Hi Carmen. I have one question. I want to activate the nuts in the food dehydrator. I have a food dehydrator but never managed to find a good use for it – the fruit didn’t dry out properly. Maybe it will come in handy for this recipe. How long should I dry out the walnuts for? If it doesn’t work in the dehydrator, how long should I do it in the oven for?

    • Carmen says

      The dehydrator is perfect but it can take around 12-16 hrs if you keep the temp around 43 degrees so they are “raw”. If you don’t mind whether they are raw or not you can bump up the temp so they dry out more quickly. Don’t forget to soak them in water overnight first :)


  1. […] 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. […]

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