Make Your Own Cereal

I got up with Zak this morning when the alarm went off at 5. He headed out to go swimming and I headed down to the kitchen. Feeling hungry already, today would have been a perfect morning for some green lemonade, except for one problem. I’m out a romaine. I’ve got spinach but spinach doesn’t have a lot of water and I’ve come to find that it takes A LOT of spinach to get a decent amount of liquid from it.

What’s that saying? If life hands you lemons, make lemonade? Well then, if life hands you spinach, make a green smoothie.

Hmmm, my modified version of that saying doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as easily but I’m sticking with it.

Today’s concoction was 1 banana, slightly frozen. 1 apple, peeled and sliced. A couple handfuls of spinach and a few splashes of unsweetened vanilla hemp milk.

Green Smoothie

I’ve got yoga planned for today but made the executive decision to move it back to this afternoon. The girls are spending the day with Aunt Ellen and I always enjoy yoga more in the middle of the day after I’m loosened up from moving around with normal activity.

With my exercise postponed I had time to experiment in the kitchen this morning. I knew my green smoothie wasn’t going to hold me over long so I got a jump start on Breakfast Part II knowing it was going to be at least an hour in the making.

I love cereal. Especially cereals like Kashi Heart to Heart and Peanut Butter Puffins. I’ve come to realize though that eating boxed cereal makes me crave MORE MORE MORE cereal and it’s easy for me to go overboard with it if I don’t try hard to exercise some restraint. I therefore prefer to leave cereal on the grocery store shelves with the exception of what I buy for the girls. (i.e., “safe” cereals that aren’t as titillating as H2H or PB Puffins.  I can safely buy Cheerios with no fear of diving head first into the box.)

I’m quite experienced now in making my own granola, and its had me thinking for a while now that making my own cereal couldn’t be a big stretch from granola. I wanted something slightly different than granola though because I don’t want a “cereal” full of nuts and dried fruit. I like to add fresh banana and almond butter to cereal and make a big ol’ cereal mess!

With that introduction, let me proudly present you with my very own breakfast cereal recipe created this morning.

Mama’s Bunches of Oats

1 cup of rolled oats
1/4 c ground flax
1/4 c canola oil
1/4 c grade A maple syrup

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl and combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients and flatten mixture on a large cookie sheet but be careful not to spread too thin.

Rolled Oats and Ground Flax Unbaked cereal

Bake at 250 for about an hour. No flipping or stirring necessary while it bakes. Remove after an hour and allow to cool. Break into clusters.

Mama's Bunches of Oats

Makes about 3 servings. I didn’t figure out calorie content but I’d put a rough guesstimation at about 300 calories per serving. My typical breakfast cookie or bowl of overnight oats easily runs me 500 calories so this is about par and fits neatly in to my usual complete breakfast. But there no doubt about it, this is calorie dense.

Store in an air tight container to enjoy another day.

Store in an air tight container

“Another day” for me will most likely be tomorrow. This turned out better than I ever expected! I’m already looking forward to experimenting with this further. I’d like try some different spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla… maybe even some nuts if I feel like I can bear to be without my beloved almond butter for breakfast one morning. The possible combos are endless!

Time to eat! Served still warm this morning on top of 1/2 container of 2% Fage, 1/2 a sliced banana and a spoonful of almond butter, topped with unsweetened vanilla hemp milk.

Time to Eat

This was crunchy and very satisfying.  More importantly it didn’t leave me wanting to sneak back into the container for a little more. In addition, there are no added preservatives, chemicals, high fructose corn goodness or partially hydrogenated surprises. I’m excited to call this a breakfast success!

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14 Responses

  1. Awesome!!! I was worried that I would need a dehydrator! Glad to see I can do this in the oven! Like you, cereal is a REAL weakness for me. I try to only eat it at work when I can only have the premade portion that I pack. If I eat it at home I go back again and again. Thanks or the recipe!!!! 😀
    -A

  2. Cereal. I love cereal. That is why I don’t eat it often. Except for dinner last night.

  3. what a good idea! looks really good

  4. This looks SO GOOD!!!! I’m with you though; once I start with cereal, I just want more more more more more!!!

    How do you make your green lemonade? Have you posted the recipe before and I haven’t seen it? Do you use a juicer?

    • Yes, I use a juicer to make green lemonade. I’ve got a link to one of the green lemonade posts at the top of this one. My usual mix is romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger – I should make a separate post to explain about it!

  5. Yummy!! I always have to have 2 bowls of cereal! I can’t stop at one!

  6. how is it that i have THREE alison posts to catch up on? seriously. that is not okay. i don’t do google reader, but for my fave blogs, i just might have to invest.

    first, work out those sprints gal! i love all the cut marks on the coconut. haha, i can totally imagine you chopping away at that. it brings a smile to my face.

    veggie lasagna looks AMAZING! that is the perfect freezer food too…this weekend i am going to clean my oven (yes, its nasty and i still haven’t done it since i moved in) and veggie lasagna could be on the menu. mmmmmm!

    yay for green smoothie, i also don’t have a blender. yikes! what am i doing? your cereal looks amazing too! ahhh, so much goodness from one of my fave bloggies. one day our souls will be reunited…one day.

    have a fab weekend, enjoy your yoga day and much love!

  7. Yumtastic granola Alison!!! your always filled with ideas girl! i’m lovin it!!!!

    Hope yoga goes well! 🙂

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  8. Yay! That is awesome. You’ve reminded me that I need to re-fill my homemade muesli jar! That goes on the to-do list of “when I’ve moved in…” things!
    Umm, by the way, I appreciate the cartwheels on behalf of my overnight oats success! Good to know someone has my best oat-y interests at heart! You rock.

  9. I’m diggin the homemade cereal! I haven’t eaten cereal in awhile and I have to say that your post has be craving some puffins. I do however have a hard time putting them down once their in my hand. 😉

  10. Wow, that homemade cereal looks so amazing! I really like your blog!

  11. i saw the title and was not sure i wanted to read. i am trying to break the cereal addiction not make it! haha. unfortunately even things like cheerios leave me head first, feet hanging out of the box. i love it all. LOVE the cereal you made! it looks so good. but i have to say.. i would be 99.9% likely to go back for more.. mm. you are a cereal whiz kid! happy friday alison!

  12. I’ll have to make this! It’s just so nice to know for sure what you are “really” eating when you make it yourself…

  13. I love that idea! There is so much room for mix ins and I could save some serious cereal money. Wow serious cereal…I am a nerd.

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