When I was younger, I always remember my grandmother making her homemade cereal. I used to love it, but when you’re young, you don’t think to ask, “Hey, can I get that recipe so I can make my own?”
My grandmother passed away in 1992, and several years later, I inherited her journals, which she wrote in daily. It took me a while to read through them all, but what I found was something that transported me back to a time when I was sitting at my grandparents breakfast table, eating her homemade cereal.
I’ve since made it several times, but have varied the ingredients, depending on my mood. For example, which dried fruit to use, etc. I prefer the cranberries and blueberries, but you can pick whatever floats your boat.
I figured that I would share this recipe with you today. Now keep in mind that most of everything you see here can be purchased in your local grocery store; however, I tend to prefer things that are organic and get these items at our local health food co-op.
This recipe will make a lot of cereal. I mean, A LOT! But, lucky for you, it freezes nicely. When I freeze it, I place it in a Ziploc bag. It’s that simple. For breakfast, you don’t even have to defrost it. Just pour it from the freezer and into a bowl, add milk, fresh sliced bananas, and viola! Healthy breakfast.
It’s very filling too. Also keep in mind that with all of the wheat germ, wheat bran, and oats, you will be gassy. Warn your friends, family, and neighbors. Have OSHA and Hazmat on speed dial.
Grandma’s Homemade Cereal
7 cups of rolled oats (you can also use plain oatmeal)
1 cup of wheat germ
1 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup all natural (organic) brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey (the recipe only calls for 1/2 cup, but sometimes I put in extra. If you add extra, it makes it chewier)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 275 degrees
In a large bowl, blend brown sugar, vegetable oil, honey, and water. Mix in vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Mix together all of the dry ingredients (oats, germ, and bran) and slowly pour the the wet ingredients on top. Mix all of the ingredients until everything is moist.
Transfer everything to a large, shallow baking (cookie) sheet that has been sprayed with lightly with a non-stick spray (Pam).
Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove cereal from oven and put mixture into a large paper bag. Add dried fruits (such as blueberries, cranberries, cherries, etc) and nuts (walnuts are the best). Shake up the mixture and put back onto baking sheet.
Bake for another 30 minutes.
Once you remove it from the oven, I store a bit of it in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. The rest goes in the freezer. Keep in mind that there aren’t any preservatives in this cereal, so what you don’t immediately use, needs to be kept frozen.
Also, my grandmother use to toast coconut and add to the cereal (after baking). It was a nice touch, but not everyone likes coconut.
I hope you enjoy!