The Healthiest Cereal for Breakfast — crispy & delicious!
I've figured out a new recipe for the healthiest cereal you could give your family, and it's also a great snack to replace my old one 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 soaked granola in a bowl with milk for a nutritious cold breakfast cereal. 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!
This recipe calls for some of the ingredients to be soaked overnight to increase digestibility and also decrease phytic acid, which blocks mineral absorption. 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 first go I got to the very last step before bombing out, as you can tell by this 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. 🙂
The Healthiest Cereal
This really is the healthiest cereal you could serve your family — nutrient-dense ingredients, the grains are soaked overnight, and delicious too!
- 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 used a combination)
- 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 cups organic dried cranberries (or raisins)
- 2 cups crispy nuts (I used crispy pecans but almonds would be good, too.)
- 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 greased [or 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. At this point 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 in a big bowl and add dried fruit, nuts, einkorn flour, and the melted mixture from above. Stir well. Spread it out onto the two pans 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.
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More you might like:
- More healthy breakfast ideas (My most popular post by far.)
- Baked Oatmeal Bar Recipe (A great make-ahead breakfast that even people who don’t like oatmeal love, including me!)