Kitchen Kids: Mouse Makes Grape Nuts (Dairy Free)

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wpid-20150129_185027.jpgWe eat a lot of cereal around here. The truth is we just eat a lot and there aren’t even any teenagers in the house yet!

Weekday breakfasts are almost always cereal since that means the big two can supervise while I take a shower and get set for school. I had been buying cereal at the discount grocery, but we kept running out at odd moments and we were really limited in what we could buy. I don’t like the sugary cereals and there aren’t many commercial ones that don’t include some form of dairy.

Sooo…

I bought a fifty pound bag of rolled oats and started making granola (which is a post for another time). And that was fine for a while but got kind of boring every day.

Then I was looking through my cookbook (More With Less from the Mennonite Central Committee one of the few cookbooks I would not willingly part with) and saw that they had a recipe for homemade Grape Nuts!

Yay! Two cereals I can make at home.

Actually one cereal the six year old can make with some supervision! Even better….

Adding wheat germ to the whole wheat flour

Adding wheat germ to the whole wheat flour

 

Two year old helps with the  counting.

Two year old helps with the counting.

 

Learning to put pans in a hot oven

Learning to put pans in a hot oven

 

 

 

A good cook gives her helper something to lick

A good cook gives her helper something to lick

 

 

And cleans up after herself

And cleans up after herself

Grinding the cake into crumbs the next day

Grinding the cake into crumbs the next day

And here’s the recipe!

Grape Nuts (Dairy Free)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice to activate the soda (the original recipe calls for sour or buttermilk and no lemon, but lemon juice and water make a good dairy free substitute)

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in order and beat until smooth
  2. Spread dough onto two large greased cookie sheets
  3. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350
  4. Allow to cool
  5. Break into bits and chop in the food processor.
  6. Toast crumbs at 250 as for granola, stirring occasionally. we like them somewhere between golden and brown.
  7. Adapted from More-With-Less Cookbook from Herald Press (Mennonite Central Committee)
  8. You can also grate them with a box grater on the coarsest side.
http://kyndrasteinmann.com/kitchen-kids-mouse-makes-grape-nuts-dairy-free/

 

 

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4 Responses to Kitchen Kids: Mouse Makes Grape Nuts (Dairy Free)

  1. Kendra says:

    Clever Mouse! I’m so proud of you, girlie! And of your Mama too.

  2. Eileen says:

    Hello,

    I saw this blog post and immediately thought it may be of interest to you:

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    • Kyndra Steinmann says:

      Oh, those are pretty! I might have to get some tape like that for Mouse, when I refill her craft crate next. Thanks!..K

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