Healthy Charms Cereal with 4 Flavor Variations
By be_healthful on June 30, 2014
Do you ever buy a product at the grocery store and think man I could totally make this at home and save a bunch of money?
That happens a lot around here.
Like the day I found out we could raise chickens in our backyard. Note: before entertaining the idea, make sure your dog doesn’t like causing bodily harm to innocent chickens.
Rough and tough dog, right here:
Or the time I attempted to recreate Kevin’s favorite chocolate soy pudding. Caution: if your boyfriend is deathly afraid of dried fruit, do not tell him that you used dates in the recipe after he’s enjoyed his first bowl. Just let it be. Only you have to know what the secret ingredient is.
He may never trust me again.
Or when I tried my hand at making rice wraps… which resulted in me spending the afternoon peeling pieces of rice flour dough from the kitchen ceiling.
Although there may not be chicken coups in my future, there will be lots and lots of healthy (and cheap) cereal!
The cereal I’ve recreated – Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax cereal.
The crunch, the slightly toasted grain, the benefits of sorghum on my digestive system, the fiber… it’s just all there. The only downside is that it’s $8.00 a box and each box is ~5 servings.
This is a major problem for a girl that likes 1 bowl/day.
Well, not anymore my friends, not anymore.
Now I can have 4 bowls a day for the cost of 15 bowls of the store-bought kind. Not like I would ever dedicate an entire day to cereal eating. Pfft. Who does that?
And, the best part? I can make them into cool shapes. Ya, I know what you’re thinking… awesome.
You know what else is awesome? You can choose what flavor you want! 4 different flavors?! Aaaand I’ve tried them all.
Healthy Charms Cereal
Vegan (option), Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
Making your own gluten-free, vegan, high fiber cereal is fun to eat and ends up being easier on your wallet!
Inspired by: Enjoy Life Crunchy Flax cereal
Go au naturale:
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp raisins
- 1 tbsp honey or agave nectar *see note
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
Or choose your favorite flavor:
- maple – replace the honey/agave and 1 tbsp water with 2 tbsp maple syrup
- cinnamon – sprinkle with cinnamon before baking
- vanilla – replace 1 tbsp of water with 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper so that the paper is over the edges and set aside.
- Place water, raisins, and honey in the bowl of your food processor or blender and process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and combine with remaining ingredients.
- Pour batter onto prepared sheet and spread evenly. The key to the cereal’s success is going to be to spread the batter as evenly as possible to ensure even cooking.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until edges begin to brown and cracks are seen in the batter.
- Take out of the oven and remove the parchment. Cut the dough into shapes or tiny squares. I used a set similar to this one, or you could do a Christmas themed cereal!
- Spread the pieces back onto the parchment paper free baking sheet and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, turning at least once. Cereal should be crisp and crunchy.
note: use agave nectar instead of honey to keep this recipe vegan.
calories: 185 | fat: 3.5g | carbohydrate: 36g | fiber: 5g | sugars: 7g | protein: 6g
Compared to the same amount of crunchy flax:
calories: 200 | fat: 3g | carbohydrate: 42g | fiber: 6g | sugars: 2g | protein: 7g
No matter how much I tried to manipulate this recipe, I couldn’t get the fiber to increase to 6 grams. I really think they use a portion of the outer shell of flax seed. But pretty darn close, right?
You can control the thickness of the cereal by how much you spread the batter out. I liked mine a bit on the thicker side which resulted in a bit of a softer cereal, but Kevin liked his thin and crunchy.
PS: he didn’t know there were raisins in this. Gosh, I hope he doesn’t read today’s post.
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