Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Homemade Cereal Flake Variations

Call me a little bit crunchy, but I love making my own cereal. From granola to cereal flakes, I make it all! Homemade cereal flakes are surprisingly easy to make. They are hearty, crunchy, healthy, and they are totally delicious.  With a bunch of my homemade cereal recipes scattered all over my blog, I decided I would post all my recipes in one location.



Homemade Cereal Flake Variations
((Printable Recipe))

(Recipe 1) Almond Bran Cereal Flakes

Ingredients:
1/2 cups raw whole almonds
3/4 cup wheat bran
3/4 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 tablespoons brown sugar or molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 300F.

2. In a food processor, grind the almonds for about 30-45 seconds until they are finely ground.  (Warning: Cover your ears, this is LOUD.) 


2. Add the remaining dry ingredients.  Pulse for a few seconds.  Mix the water and oil together in a glass measuring cup.  Turn on the food processor and add the liquid in a steady stream.  Carefully scrape down the food processor and give a few more quick pulses.  The cereal should hold together like damp sand when you push it between your fingers.  If it does not, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time.

3. Place the cereal mixture on to a lightly greased sheet pan and cover with waxed paper.  (I like using a rimmed sheet pan but if you do not have a rolling pin like I have in the picture below, use a regular cookie sheet and rolling pin.


4. Roll until thin and bake for about 30 minutes.  I find that I like to bake it for 20 minutes and then turn off the oven and allow the cereal to continue cooking in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.

5. Cool completely and break into "flakes".  The cereal should be dry and crisp.  If it still appears to be tender, you probably didn't get it rolled out quite thin enough.  Just pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes.  Store in an air-tight container.

*Recipe can be doubled as your food processor capacity allows.


(Recipe 2) Coconut Almond Bran Cereal Flakes

Ingredients:
1/4 cups raw whole almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened flake coconut
3/4 cup wheat bran 
3/4 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed 
2 tablespoons brown sugar or molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

Follow the directions above.

(Recipe 3) Bran Flakes

Ingredients:
1 cup wheat bran 
1 cup wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed 
2 tablespoons brown sugar or molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

Follow the directions above without the first step of almonds.
Add raisins for a delicious raisin bran cereal.

(Recipe 4) Corn Wheat Cereal Flakes

Ingredients:
1/2 c. cornmeal
1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. ground flax seed
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. vegetable oil
1/4 c. water

Follow the directions similar to above without the first step of almonds.

4 comments:

  1. You are so clever! I adore almonds and know what you mean about the noise when in the mixer. I think rather than putting them in I will use almond milk instead or dollop with almond butter. Hopefully the recipe will still work! Do you know what the amounts would be in grams?

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  2. Thanks for posting this recipe! I made a couple batches of this last night (reg & coconut). It's so easy! It tasted yummy and held up really well w/milk. Next time I'm going to add some cinnamon.

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  3. What is the oven temperature?

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