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DIY Hot Cereal

You make everything else. There's no reason you can't make your own hot cereal too.

macro oats plant

Photo: Merops (Wikimedia Commons)

There's a lot more to this recipe than just oats.

From Scratch

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. Rinse rice and wheat, and soak them for a few hours.
  2. Drain and add mung beans. Lay the mixture on a muslin cloth out in the sun until dry.
  3. 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.)
  4. To cook, mix two tablespoons of cereal with 2 cups water and stir over medium heat until the consistency becomes semi-solid.
  5. Add a little milk before serving.

Rama Cousik

Rama Cousik grew up in India, watching and helping her mom cook. The taste, the texture, and the way she feels when she eats seasonal vegetables and fruits are indescribable. Hence, no matter where she lives, the idea of seasonal food is an essential part of her food philosophy.

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