During the work week I eat oatmeal for breakfast. It’s easy and I can change it up daily. Peanut butter with cinnamon, blueberries and walnuts, agave and strawberry. That’s why I love oatmeal, it’s a blank slate and never boring! But, as the saying goes…too much of a good thing is bad. Oatmeal. You’re fired!
Well, only for a week or so. I can’t cut it out completely.
This past week, my taste buds enjoyed a fresh take on breakfast cereal. Graham Nuts! It’s the same texture as the iconic breakfast cereal, Grape Nuts, but way tastier and still packed with dietary fiber!! It’s especially tasty if you like the flavor of graham crackers. Me? I L-O-V-E graham crackers. I get so nostalgic when I eat those thin, crispy delights because it reminds me of camp fires and sleep-overs. The fact that I can generate those warm feelings from something other than graham crackers is just icing on the cake!
Nutritional perks –
- Whole wheat graham flour – a good source of fiber, zero sugar and a good source of protein.
Cinnamon – good source of Vitamin K and iron. A very good sourse of dietary fiber and calcium.
Inspired from this recipe
3 1/2 cups whole wheat graham flour. I used Bob’s Red Mill.
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon. I used 1 tsp rather than 1/2 because I didn’t have all-spice on-hand.
2 cups 1% milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter or use a non-stick cooking spray on the inside of a 9″ square baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine the graham flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into the baking dish and spread the contents to an even layer. Bake for 35 minutes or until batter is firm. The original recipe states 20-25 minutes but those times did not yield a finished product for my square baking dish.
Loosen the baked patty from pan and cool on a wire rack for several hours or over night.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. The original recipe states 275 degrees but that temperature wasn’t working for me. I wanted it to be a hit hotter. Break the baked patty into chucks and process in a food processor until crumbs are formed. I had to do this a few times.
Bake for 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, open the oven and stir the crumbs on the pan.