Make Your Own Cereal, Take 2

I left my alarm set to 5:15 from yesterday and got up at the same time today. I got a ton done in just a short period of time. Amazing what happens when you will yourself to stay off your computer immediately upon rising. As soon as the sun came up I got dressed and headed out on my bike for a short ride.

I didn’t want to go too far or too long today given I ran for well over an hour yesterday. My official ride ended after 35 minutes but then I stopped at home to grab my back pack and wallet and rode a mile to the corner store to pick up a few things for another Thrive inspired breakfast this morning.

When I got home I whipped up a couple of juices for myself and the man.

Like two peas in a pod! Or more accurately, six fruits and vegetables in a glass. But who’s counting?

Juice

Romaine, a beet, cucumber, lemon, apple and ginger.

So I believe I’ve established I like cereal? I know, like that’s something special and extraordinary… who doesn’t?? Brenden Brazier has a couple of great sounding cereal recipes in Thrive. I used his Banana Ginger Pear Cereal recipe as inspiration to come up with my own based on what I was in the mood for and the ingredients I had on hand.

Well, what I had on hand + what I rode to the store for this morning too.

Fruit Loot

I diced up a perfectly ripe pear and a small banana into bite sized pieces. I dragged out a package of prunes from the very last of the Newman’s Own Organics stash we were sent a couple months back.

Prunes!

That’s right. PRUNES. I remember some food blogger (can’t remember who! – I’m thinking Lynn from The Actor’s Diet?) recently saying that they didn’t know why prunes got such a bad rap, they really aren’t that bad. After sampling one upon opening this bag I have to agree. I can’t even remember the last time I had a prune. Probably as a child? It has a mildly sweet, interesting flavor. And their stickiness suited my cereal recipe well this morning. I predict prunes will be spotted with more regularity around these parts. Interesting choice of the word regularity, no?

I chopped up the prunes and threw all fruit, both fresh and dried, into a small mixing bowl.

Diced Fruit

I was then reminded of something I use to do for Ava as an infant. I would crush cheerios and cut fruit into small pieces and then “bread” the fruit with the crushed cheerios. The cheerios would stick automatically making it easier for small fingers to pick up and shovel in.

But instead of crusted cheerios, Mama’s breading of choice was ground flax! I crushed up some walnuts in my hand and added them to the mix. Stirred it all around until everything was coated and well mixed.  All the fruit was perfectly wet and sticky and the flax stuck easily.

Breaded in Flax

Topped with hemp milk and eaten with a spoon like a bowl of cereal.

With Hemp Milk

Holy goodness in a bowl this was fantastic! I loved every bite!  Perfectly sweet, filling and satisfying too!

I remembered that Justine from The Confessions of a SAHM made some fresh fruit cereal this summer and I thought it was such a good idea, I never tried it though. I’m so glad I finally did. Fruit cereal, what a concept. I smell a new breakfast staple.

I’m going to be offline for the long weekend – take it easy! And eat a salad, ok?

Peace out!

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23 Responses

  1. You may have just convinced me to also take the weekend off from blogging. I figure everyone will be off playing in the sun.

  2. Have a good weekend!

  3. That cereal looks great! Eating my salad right now. Enjoy your weekend off!

  4. Lovin the fresh fruit cereal idea! Have a fab day! 🙂

  5. yuhm. i love all things cereal, this bowl included. good job on the early morning accomplishments!!

  6. Great idea for the cereal. I must try it. Have a good weekend!

  7. ENJOY YOUR WEEEEEKKKEEENNNNDDD! love that cereal – and i heart prunes. call me 70 years old, i don’t care.

    happy labor day mama!

  8. I think the bad rap from prunes is that you may be visiting the bathroom a little more frequently. (haha) I remember giving the kids a little prune juice when they were babies to help things along. (haha)

    That’s definitely a different kind of cereal. Looks delicious. I bought some pears today, too. 🙂 Love them! Have a great holiday weekend!!!

  9. NEW breakfast staple INDEED! That looks PERFECTO!

    I love prunes…they do nothing to me…. what gives?
    both my boys ate “big raisins” too. I have no idea why they got the wrap they did.

    Had to tell you JJ loved my, your, my…. OUR eggplant parm…. I zipped it up in the mini chopper and he gobbled it up…LOVE IT when kids eat strange stuff like that way before they realize they should turn their noses up at it! yipers!

    we’ve got simple fun plans too this weekend!

    ENJOY!

    and tonight it’s Quinoa Chili for supper! Think I’ll make corn bread too!
    mmmmm

    xoxoxo

  10. Love your breakfast!

    Have a great, computer-less weekend! 🙂

  11. O alison u never disappoint in the breakie area!!!! i’m lovin this! 🙂

    for some reason tho prunes don’t tickle my fancy…what do they taste like?

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  12. Ah have a good computerless weekend. Maybe i should do that too.! i seem to be addicted!!!! can’t wait till your back!

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  13. I love prunes too, lemon and orange flavored are the best!
    That fruity bowl looks delicious!

  14. Excellent inspiration for any imaginative person with some good choices in their panty/refrigerator.

  15. ive been without your blog for a couple days…so glad to be back. haha nice juice combo. im finally gonna make a juice with my cantaloupe tonight (once my roommates leave so they dont think im COMPLETELY out of my mind haha) so i can enjoy it on my way to my 12 mile run. excited to try a new combo. and if i dont like it? ill just force myself to drink it because i hate wasting perfectly good produce haha

  16. I haven’t tried any of the Thrive recipes yet. Your cereal looks awesome! I love pears.

  17. That’s a genius idea for the fruit cereal. I am still making my way through Thrive, but I keep peeking to the back of the recipes. So fun!

    I love prunes. They get a bad rap, I assume, because of prune juice & the (true) idea that they keep you regular. But c’mon, people, it’s dried plums! Duh, fiber.

    Have a good, relaxing, no-internet weekend!

  18. In order to get anything done, I practically have to hide my laptop! Glad you had a nice, productive day!

  19. Great looking cereal! Enjoy the long weekend!

  20. I didn’t know prunes had a bad rep. WHY?! They are so nutritious and yummy! I like their sticky chewiness. Oh, did you know they are using the term “dried plum” now to make it sound more appetizing?

  21. […] have gone missing.  I needed something quick and simple to put together, and suddenly remembered Alison’s fruit cereal that I had wanted to make as soon as I saw it.  What a fun idea!!  Instead of grabbing for […]

  22. […] few cards—and bananas!—tonight, and came home hungry for a little something.  A little fruit cereal, that is.  Tonight’s mixture was a pear, 1/2 a banana, a few diced prunes, 1 T. flax, 1 T. […]

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