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.
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….
And here’s the recipe!
- 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)
- Combine ingredients in order and beat until smooth
- Spread dough onto two large greased cookie sheets
- Bake 25-30 minutes at 350
- Allow to cool
- Break into bits and chop in the food processor.
- Toast crumbs at 250 as for granola, stirring occasionally. we like them somewhere between golden and brown.
- Adapted from More-With-Less Cookbook from Herald Press (Mennonite Central Committee)
- You can also grate them with a box grater on the coarsest side.