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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Homemade Grape Nuts Cereal

My sister, Heather gave me this recipe for homemade Grape Nuts.  Yes, I'm one of those weird people that like the crunchy cereal.  My husband actually loves Grape Nuts Ice cream...I had never heard of it until I went up North for a vacation.  Anyway, this recipe turned out pretty well.  I don't know if I like it better than the boxed version but it was fun knowing I could make my own version. It does have a whole cup of sugar in it so I would love to know if you could substitute honey instead or just add half the amount of sugar.  This is also a great recipe to try new flavors by adding your own cinnamon, vanilla, almonds, etc.   I tried the vanilla which I really liked. Have fun and be creative!
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix all the ingredients together.  Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  (You will definitely want to use the parchment paper)  I used two cookies sheets and it worked out a lot better than the one.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Allow cake to cool.  You can either use a blender or food processor to break cake into small pieces or by hand.  I chose my baby food blender which took awhile but still worked out great in the end.  Places pieces back on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour.  You will want to stir the mixture every 15 minutes.  If you like your cereal extra crunchy allow it to bake longer.

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