Recipe: Coconut, Apple, Date & Almond Breakfast Mix

updated May 1, 2019
Coconut, Apple, Date & Almond Breakfast Mix

Coconut, apples, dates, and almonds combine for a fresh take on muesli.


Makesabout 3 cups

Prep20 minutes

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Let me introduce you to CADA, your newest breakfast obsession. CADA stands for coconut, apples, dates, and almonds, and it’s a fresh and healthy take on breakfast cereal. The ingredients are roughly chopped and tossed together with a little lemon juice, giving it a taste and texture similar to granola or muesli, but without the grains — making it both grain-free and Paleo-friendly.

You can enjoy CADA cereal-style with milk, or use it as a topping for yogurt or cottage cheese. It’s also surprisingly satisfying sprinkled onto toast. Here’s how to make this no-cook, grain-free cereal that you’ll be eating all week.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Fresh Cereal That Keeps All Week

We love granola or muesli as a big-batch, grab-and-go breakfast option, but switching up the cereal concept with a raw fruit-and-nut-based mix like CADA keeps us from getting bored with breakfast. Not to mention, CADA fits into most diets, thanks to the fact that it’s dairy-free, grain-free, and Paleo.

There are two key steps you need to take that will keep your CADA from browning in the fridge. First, you’ll want to roughly chop the apples and dates before adding them to the food processor, because overworking the mixture will make it brown more quickly. Secondly, a teaspoon of lemon juice will keep the apples from oxidizing.

Coconut, Apple, Date & Almond Breakfast Mix

Coconut, apples, dates, and almonds combine for a fresh take on muesli.

Prep time 20 minutes

Makes about 3 cups

Serves 6

Nutritional Info


  • 2

    large apples, such as Granny Smith or Ambrosia, cored and chopped

  • 1 cup

    unsweetened coconut flakes

  • 1/2 cup

    slivered almonds

  • 6

    dried Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon

    freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • For serving: Yogurt, milk, cottage cheese, toast, Wasa crackers, or whole-wheat wraps


  1. Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse into granola-sized pieces, 4 to 6 (1-second) pulses. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Storage: CADA can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days, but some browning will occur after 3 days.