My son recently started eating finger foods exclusively. We’re done with the purees, Yay!
Ever since I’ve been looking for a cheerios-like cereal, something that is great for tiny little fingers and nutritious without the added high-fructose corn syrup and chemicals. Even though General Mills said they stopped using GMO’s in their famous cereals, I still don’t trust the brand. And while there are now a few alternatives in organic cereals, I found out most of these brands are sub-brands of the giant General Mills.
I personally distrust any company who opposed Prop 37 and General Mills was on the top 15 funders (along with Monsanto, Kelloggs and Coca-Cola) with a meager 1,135,300$. What have you got to hide, Mr. General Mills?
Because I really really REALLY don’t want to encourage them I’ve decided to make my own cereals.
The first thing I did was Google “how to make your own cereals”, because really, who knows what goes into this breakfast staple?
I finally found a few recipes that were helpful. Here they are:
This is where I got my inspiration for the recipe.
I decided to add applesauce and got that idea from here.
This link seems great but the intense labor made me squirt.
Since there wasn’t one perfect recipe you will find my own recipe below. It turns out it doesn’t taste like Cheerios at all! They taste more like a crispy muffin top, which I am totally fine with!
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats, ground into flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Honey Glaze
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon water
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce, melted butter, and vanilla until combined.
- Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined. Add milk if needed or until you reach the desired consistency. The dough should be thick, like cookie dough or pie crust.
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Set out a piece of parchment paper and place the ball of dough on it. Press into a disc or a square about 1/8 inch thick . Relieve parchment paper and put onto baking sheet.
- Using a pizza cutter, cut into squares about 1/2 inch X 1/2 inch more or less.
- Add the honey glaze.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until crispy.