Dehydrated Fig Newton Crunch Cereal

A Granola Cereal with a Fig Newton Cookie Taste—Gluten-free, Nut-free

This is one of my favorite cereals to eat, with milk or just to snack on. I add these to trail mixes as well. Mixed with powdered milk and hot water, it makes a great on-the-go wintertime breakfast.

Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Because of this, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free. It is safely eaten and enjoyed by anyone with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Termed a pseudo-cereal, this ancient food is in the same family as rhubarb and sorrel.

Buckwheat Groats are the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant. These soft white seeds have a mild flavor, but when toasted or roasted, they have a delightfully intense flavor. Groats are steam-cooked like rice for salads and side dishes or ground in your own mill into fresh flour.

3 cups chopped dried figs (about 1 pound)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 cups raw buckwheat groats (hulled seeds, about 1 pound) or buckwheat flakes
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Dice figs and soak in water 1 hour. Add sugar and cook on medium heat until of thin jam consistency.
  2. Soak the buckwheat groats or flakes in filtered water for 30 minutes, then drain and rinse well.
  3. Place buckwheat groats or flakes in a food processor along with maple syrup, vanilla, and salt and pulse to combine, leaving chunks of buckwheat for texture, but making sure it is mixed well.
  4. Remove from food processor and stir in figs.
  5. Spread out onto a lined dehydrator sheet 1/8 to 1/4 inch (0.3175 to 0.635 cm) thick.
  6. Place in the dehydrator and dry at 145°F/ 65°C until completely dry and crisp.
  7. Break apart into small pieces and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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3 thoughts on “Dehydrated Fig Newton Crunch Cereal

  1. Sandy says:

    What could be substituted for the buckwheat throats if those can’t be found?

    1. Admin says:

      You can substitute, cup for cup, kasha, which is roasted buckwheat groats

    2. Admin says:

      I looked it up and according to Recipe Sleuth you can also substitute Quinoa
      OR Millet for buckwheat groats although I have never tried it myself and do not know if it would still be the same.

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