Caveman Cuisine: Coconut Muesli

Are you a reformed cereal addict?  Have you been fighting the craving since going Paleo?  No more!  Coconut Muesli to the rescue!


1 cup unsweetened unsulfured coconut flakes (Let's Do Organic is my pick)
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 tbsp raw almonds (~10)
1 tbsp chocolate chips (soy, dairy, and gluten free Enjoy Life brand)
1 tbsp organic raisins (~25 small raisins)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (Ceylon)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop whey protein (optional, but I like Jarrow brand and the unflavored variety is sugar/sweetener free)


In a medium bowl layer coconut flakes, walnuts, almonds, raisins and chocolate chips.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Pour cold almond milk over the muesli and eat with a spoon.

Note 1: If using protein powder, combine it with almond milk in a shaker or blender before pouring it over muesli. 

Note 2: Store your coconut flakes in the freezer for crunchier "cereal".

Yield: 1 "I can't believe it's not cereal" portion

Additional Muesli Ideas: Using coconut flakes as a base for your "cereal", you could also try some other toppings and mix-ins such as: sliced banana, dried cherries, dried cranberries, wild blueberries, macadamia nuts, grated apple, blackberries, cocoa nibs, gogi berries, pecans, chopped pear, or diced peaches.
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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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  1. How do whey protein and raisins fit into a paleo diet?

  2. Wanda, Many people who hear about eating "paleo" often ask similar questions about foods that don't seem to fit in with our idea of a caveman's diet. What I like to tell them is that it is not a matter of trying to eat exactly how someone would eat 10,000 years ago, rather it is a way to look at our evolutionary history to inform decisions that we make today.

    Using this thought process, we can then examine foods like grains and make an informed decision as to why we they are not suitable for consumption (inflammatory, high carbohydrate load, acidifying, etc.) It also allows us to make the decision to eat foods that would not have existed in prehistoric times that have been proven safe and healthful like whey protein (with no artificial sweeteners, colors, etc. of course) and raisins (again, assuming we are not eating them by the handful and causing our blood sugar to skyrocket).

  3. I stay away from whey because of some studies. They had some teenage boys get the majority of their protein from milk for a week, and they became borderline diabetic. Animal protein is the way to go imo

  4. While I do agree that animal protein and fat is ideal human food, and I am aware of studies that show that milk raises insulin levels beyond that which would be suspected based on its glycemic index alone, I have not seen anything that would suggest any problems from consumption of solated whey protein. The studies done on whey in particular, as opposed to milk/dairy products, show that it has numerous beneficial health effects.