I admit, sometimes I miss those favorites cereals from the past: Reese's Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, even Cheerios! However, every time I walk down the cereal isle I wonder ... what on earth is this stuff really?
Yeah, okay, the boxes say their made from "whole" grains and contain "high" amounts of calcium, fiber or what-not but what kind of condition does a grain need to go under in order to create that delightfully puffy and crunchy substance?
Super high heated temperatures and pressurized conditions - that's what.
So all in all, even after the cereal has been "fortified" with this and that - it's then drenched in high amounts of sugar and submitted to extreme conditions. So what are we really getting?
Junk, I say.
So, in order to bring back what cereal really is, really used to be and is truly meant to be ... I came up with a cereal that we really like and look forward to eating every morning.
Here's the recipe:
6 cups sprouted buckwheat
6 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
1 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups (blended/finely chopped) almonds
2 cups dried fruit (strawberries, currants, blueberries, bananas, goji berries, etc.)
Sweetener of choice such as: raw honey, dextrose, xylitol, sucanat, etc.
1. Sprout buckwheat by soaking in large bowl overnight. Drain and rinse (really well) the next morning. Place in colander, cover, and allow to sit for 24 hours, rinsing every few hours or so.
2. Before drying the sprouted buckwheat in the dehydrator, mix it with the oatmeal.
3. Spray some of the cereal mixture, while on the tray, with a mixture of 2 T. sweetener and 1/4 cup water. Do this to the mixture on each tray.
4. Dehydrate at or under 115° until its all dry.
5. Mix in the remaining ingredients and place in a container.
Fresh fruits and berries, etc. can be added to the cereal.
We like to use almond milk or raw milk for the cereal.