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I prefer to cook everything from scratch, including my daily cereal.
Making your own hot cereal is great for spring and summer since the process involves drying a couple of ingredients, which is best done outside when it’s warm and sunny out.
In addition to the standard oats and nuts, I like to incorporate mung beans that I sprout at home, as they are low in sodium and cholesterol and a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals.
When our son started solid food, his ‘baby food’ was actually a home-made variation on this recipe. I would add yogurt and a pinch of salt or boiled peas, carrots and potatoes to the cereal for variety.
DIY Hot Cereal
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup wheat
- 1 cup sprouted mung beans
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup blanched almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sweet banana chips
- Rinse rice and wheat, and soak them for a few hours.
- Drain and add mung beans. Lay the mixture on a muslin cloth out in the sun until dry.
- Add oats, almonds, and walnuts and coarsely grind the mixture. Bananas, raisins and cranberries go in last. (Store in an airtight container in the fridge.)
- To cook, mix two tablespoons of cereal with 2 cups water and stir over medium heat until the consistency becomes semi-solid.
- Add a little milk before serving.