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How to Make Homemade Breakfast Cereal

5 Comments | Written on January 9, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

If you resolved to eat better, cook more, and save money in the New Year, you have come to the right place.  It seems like every time I go to the grocery store, the price of breakfast cereal goes higher and higher.  It got me wondering, would it be possible to make my own cereal from scratch at home?

 Keep reading to learn how to make homemade breakfast cereal…

In fact, you can!  It’s easy and fun.  This recipe is my homemade version of “Grape Nuts.”  You know, those delicious little nuggets that are great with milk or sprinkled on top of yogurt.

Start by mixing together the dry ingredients.  Whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.

Then add the wet ingredients.  Buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract and maple flavoring.

Unless you have quite a few 9 x 13 pans on hand, I suggest getting some of those flimsy pans from the grocery store.  You will need about 6 all together.  These came in packs of three, so it was easy!

Mix together the batter and distribute throughout the pans.

Bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes.  It will have a dense cake-like consistency.

Break into pieces.

In small batches, put the pieces into the food processor until they are ground into small “Grape Nuts” sized bits.

Return to the pans and bake again.  This time at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  This will make the individual bits toasty, crunchy, and delicious!

Can you guess which one is the brand name and which one is homemade?  Serve with milk or as a topping over yogurt.  I found the homemade version was slightly sweeter and a little softer than the store bought brand.  The hearty, fresh flavor was spectacular!

Homemade Grape Nuts

7 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups packed brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
6 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.  Add buttermilk, butter, vanilla and maple flavoring, stirring until well mixed.  Spread into six greased 9x13x2 inch baking pans.  Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.  Cool.  Break into pieces and process in batches in a food processor until pieces are small.  Return to baking pans and bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, or until light brown and crisp.   Serve cereal with milk.  Store in an airtight container.  Yield 20 cups.

5 Responses to “How to Make Homemade Breakfast Cereal”

  • 1
    Karen Harris says:

    Something stopped me from buying that box of Grapenuts in the store yesterday. I guess it was divine intervention. I can’t wait to try making these myself. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 2

    Do you know if these could be made with some sort of gluten free flour blend instead of the whole wheat flour? I buy a similar brand of Gluten free cereal and love it, but can’t tolerate gluten. Thank you!

  • 3
    Ebony says:

    I’m a busy mom of twins who dislikes recipes which requires a food processor (I have a huge, old, but very durable Cusinart which I hate setting up and cleaning) and several steps. However, I am willing to try this, as it looks very appetizing and I have two bag of whole wheat flour I need to use (long story). I will give it a try…thanks!

  • 4
    John Rolfe says:

    Now how about Flavored Oatmeal and other cereals ??

  • 5
    Sandy Jones says:

    Thanks for the recipe. The only thing I don’t like is all the sugar. I recently read that not only is sugar bad for you (as we already know) but that cancer thrives on sugar! Maybe we could substitute the sugar with something else?

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