When I met my husband over 8 years ago, his bachelor diet consisted of cereal, cereal and more cereal. On a good week there were a few meals of noodles and cheese mixed in. As time went on, we ate a variety of foods together, but his cereal habit stayed pretty consistent. He ate good, whole grain cold cereal, but it wasn’t the nutritional aspect that bothered me- it was forking over $5 a box for cereal that would disappear in a day or two. About the time when I was belly-aching about buying $15 worth of cereal, my sister-in-law told me that she had recently resurrected a family recipe from their childhood for a healthy, homemade cereal.
I tried it one weekend and we were hooked. We haven’t looked back since! This recipe is easy to make and can be adapted for what you have on hand. A big batch will last about two weeks in our house, but there is only two of us. I should mention that this is not granola. It will not be crunchy like granola. I call it Health Cereal- but you can call it whatever you want.
Health Cereal from the Stockton family
10 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Wheat Bran
1/2 cup Wheat Germ
1/2 cup Flaxseed Meal
1/2 cup Hemp Seeds
3/4 cup Oil
1 cup Honey
1 cup warm water
1 cup Nuts of your choice
1 cup Dried Fruit of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 290°F. Spray a big roasting pan with cooking spray, then mix together oats through hemp seeds until thoroughly combined. Start by drizzling the oil over the cereal (do not mix it in), then honey, then water. If you want, you can add 1 tsp of Vanilla or Almond extract (or some other type) to the water to increase the flavor. Do not mix the cereal.
2. Bake the cereal for 25 minutes, then stir. Stir minimally to avoid breaking up the clumps that will form.
3. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Add nuts and dried fruit, stir to combine. Bake for another 15 minutes. Remove cereal from oven and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Some fruit and nut combinations that we like are:
*Raisins and chopped walnuts
*Dried cranberries and slivered almonds
*Dried blueberries and chopped hazelnuts
*Dried coconut and sliced almonds