While the Handyman and I were away for a few days, the children stayed with my mom, where they discovered her homemade Grape-Nuts. All three fell in love with it and insisted they must eat a bowl for breakfast every morning. Since it has been such a hit at our house, I thought I’d share the recipe with you.
Homemade Grape-Nut Cereal
2 c. old fashioned oats
2 c. whole wheat flour
2 c. white flour
2 c. cornmeal
1 c. brown sugar or Sucanat
2 c. buttermilk
1 c. molasses
2 tsp. baking soda
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix buttermilk and molasses, then combine with dry ingredients.
Bake at 300* for 1 hour. Remove from oven. (This is when you break off a chunk of hot steamy goodness and enjoy it with a cold glass of milk! This is also a good time to have something else ready to pop in the oven and cook. It takes a lot of energy to heat an oven up, so why not make good use of our resources and get some other baking done while we wait for our cereal to cool.)
Cool for one hour. Break “cake” into chunks. Depending how fine you want your cereal you can crumble by hand or chop in the food processor. Spread cereal out on a large baking sheet (or two). Bake at 300*, stirring every 10 minutes until crunchy. (I bake mine about 30 minutes; they will get crunchier as they dry.) Spread cereal out to cool. I usually bake late at night so I just throw a thin towel over them and leave them dry over night. If you like your cereal finer yet, you can put in back through the food processor.
This cereal is good in a bowl with milk (as my children will tell you) or sprinkled on homemade yogurt. We have also found that if you process it very fine in your food processor you can substitute it in recipes that call for graham cracker crumbs such as for the crust of a cheesecake.