Healthier Cereal: Homemade & Store Bought

Children love cereals.  And in this home, husbands do too.  Did you ever notice that most kid-friendly cereals are more suitable for dessert than breakfast?  In fact, we sometimes have cereal for dessert around here! But that’s another post.  For now I wanted to share a quick tip on how I make store-bought cereal a bit healthier.

Easy, right?  We have a nice size cereal container:

So we simply mix equal parts (or whatever ratio you’d like) of a sweetened cereal with its unsweetened counterpart.  Really any two cereals will work – they don’t have to “match”.  For example, you could mix plain Cheerios with Apple Jacks if you wanted.

Now for our favorite cereal.  It’s homemade!

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This breakfast item is more budget-friendly than store bought cereal.  It’s also healthier and tastier.  You’re in control of every added ingredient.  Feel free to make adjustments as you feel are necessary as you prepare this homemade treat for your family.

Homemade Granola Cereal

In a very large bowl mix 12 cups of oats, 1 cup of coconut, 1 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of flax seed, 1/2 cup of powdered milk, and 1 teaspoon of salt.

In a smaller microwaveable bowl combine 1 cup of olive oil, 1.5 cups of honey, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla.  Heat it long enough to melt the honey.

Pour honey mixture over oats mixture and mix thoroughly.  Spread on two rimmed cookie sheets and bake at 300 for about 45 mintues, stirring every 15 minutes to prevent burning.  Remove and cool.

The best part of this super cereal is all the customizable additions.  Add chopped nuts, raisins, cranberries, dried fruits, carob chips, or whatever you’d like!  Serve with milk, yogurt, or just eat it plain.  ENJOY!

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About Michele

Michele, wife of 18 years to Robert (affectionately known as The Excellent Husband), and mother of three wonderful children, desires to encourage women to recognize their worth that is far above rubies. She serves her Savior, homeschools, gardens, spends time outdoors, cooks and bakes from scratch, knits, sews, and enjoys anything related to family. And now she carries around a little book in her pocket where she scratches notes on what to blog about.

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