Homemade Granola Cereal with Soaked Grains — the Healthiest Cereal for Breakfast — crispy & delicious!
I've figured out a new recipe for this homemade granola cereal with soaked grains — it's truly the healthiest cereal you could give your family, and it's also a great snack to replace my old recipe that an honest friend told me tasted like astro-turf, lol! This one is delicious with each bite being a little different. If you get a dried cranberry there’s a burst of sweet. If you get some oats you get a hearty crunch. If you get a pecan, you get a light crunch of buttery melt-in-your-mouth heaven…
Because don't we all wish there was a breakfast cereal we could feed our kids on busy mornings over our fresh raw milk? (You don't do raw milk? Read about other healthy milk options here.) Yes, us Moms want something that not only doesn't have junk like artificial colors, flavors, chemical preservatives, or tons of sugar — called “Foodless Foods” — but also one that does actually have some nutrients! (Read more: What's wrong with these store-bought boxed breakfast cereals?)
This could also be a quick after-school snack that the kids could reach for before scooting them off to practice or to hold them over until suppertime.
I’ve got the perfect recipe for you…
At a recent Wise Traditions conference, I tried some delicious homemade granola cereal with soaked grains in a bowl with milk. I hadn’t had breakfast cereal in so long, and it was goooood, so I decided to come up with my own recipe and give it a try!
What's “soaked grains”?
This recipe calls for some of the ingredients to be soaked overnight to increase digestibility and also decrease phytic acid, which blocks mineral absorption. “Soaked” means that the grains are in a wet mixture overnight on the counter with an “acid medium” in it, which in this recipe is some type of probiotic dairy such as kefir, yogurt, or whey — this is what helps to break down the physic acid. You just have to remember to start this recipe a couple of days before you want to eat it, but it really doesn't take a lot of hands-on time.
***One thing though… Note that I said this is the healthiest cereal you could serve your family, but I wouldn't say it's necessarily the healthiest breakfast you could feed them. Other breakfast foods like pastured eggs and bacon will have more nutrients, but as I said above, sometimes you just might want a bowl of cereal, right? (Find more healthy breakfast recipes here.)
I have a knack for burning things lately…
On my time making this homemade granola cereal with soaked grains I got to the very last step before bombing out, and ended up with a black-bottomed pan. If you think you might want to increase the temp a bit to crisp it up faster, I suggest you re-think that idea. Apparently the maple syrup in this can cause it to burn quickly. This was only in the oven for 15 minutes at 350* and just like that, all sorts of expensive ingredients were gone. Learn from my mistakes! The pieces on top tasted good anyway.
Once I made more crispy nuts, I was ready to try again. This time it was so delicious, I couldn't stay out of it. Each bite is like a new party in your mouth. 🙂
Some of these pictures aren't real attractive, and the whole recipe is below, but I just wanted to show you the process…
This is how it looks when you spread out the wet mixture onto the cookie sheets:
Here's how it looks when the grains are partially dried: (Don't taste-test yet, you won't be impressed…)
Chopping the nuts:
So good with milk:
A prettier picture…
Homemade Granola Cereal with Soaked Grains
Yield 2 cookie pans full
This really is the healthiest cereal you could serve your family — nutrient-dense ingredients, the grains are soaked overnight, and delicious too!
You don't have to add the nuts and dried fruit, by the way, but it's so much tastier if you do. 🙂
- 6 cups organic oatmeal
- 6 cups warm filtered water — find an affordable water filter here: Why we ditched reverse osmosis drinking water and what we got instead.
- 3/4 cups yogurt, whey, dairy kefir, or buttermilk (I sometimes use a combination depending on what I have on-hand)
- 1 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup palm or coconut sugar (learn about types of sugar here)
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup (learn ways to use maple syrup here)
- 2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups organic dried cranberries or cherries (or raisins if you like them)
- 2-3 cups crispy nuts, chopped but not too small (I used crispy pecans but almonds would be good, too) -- if I don't have crispy nuts on hand, I have just used regular before, it's just not as nutritious that way.
- 1 cup flour, Einkorn flour is my favorite lately
Mix the oatmeal, water, and dairy product of choice together well and cover. Let set for 24 hours.
If it’s very wet you can strain it a bit if needed, then spread onto two parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Place in 170* oven, or lower if your oven goes lower, and leave it for a couple hours, turning over once. If you stay close by you can turn this temp up a little higher to make it go a little faster. At this point it wasn't dried enough (you just want it so you can break the pieces up a little for the next step), but it was bedtime, so I turned the oven off and left it there overnight with the oven light on, not wanting to ruin another batch.
Next, break up the oat pieces into a big bowl (keep the parchment paper on the cookie sheets to reuse again in a sec) and add dried fruit, nuts, einkorn flour, and the melted mixture from above. Stir well.
Spread it out onto the two cookie sheets again and place them back into a 170* oven. I left it for about 6 more hours. Keep checking it until it gets to the desired crispiness.
Other times when I've made it, it takes much longer for some reason, so I get impatient and turn the heat up higher again to 350* and watch it closely, it may take another 2-3 hours until it's crispy enough, but not so hard that it hurts your teeth! Your oven temp may heat differently than mine so you'll have to keep checking it. Just remember that it will crisp up a little more as it cools.
So again, this isn't tricky at all, but keeping such a close eye on it is a little annoying.
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We also buy this granola cereal sometimes, it's super good, but the only thing is that it has soy oil — it's organic, but still, YUCK.
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