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Mum’s Grapenuts

January 18, 2011

Grape-Nuts is a funny cereal, since it contains neither grapes nor nuts.  The name was given, because the texture resemble grape seeds and offers a nutty crunch.  It was invented by Charles William Post, the first cereal processed by Postum Cereal, now Post Foods.

Jonathan’s mum makes her own version of the heart-healthy cereal.  I’m very proud to share the recipe today!


I love cereal recipes!  We haven’t purchased commercial cereal for over two years, because of questionable ingredients and over-packaging.  The healthy cereals are great, but expensive.  When I started teaching cooking classes to families on budgets, I quickly realized my family should be living the same way.  We don’t make everything from scratch, but cereal is quite simple.  It’s so much healthier than the cheap commercial ones and no more time consuming than watching a TV show or two.  Just set a timer!

Jonathan and I love variety for breakfast.  If you know of other simple, creative breakfast-y foods, please share!


Mum’s Grapenuts
Makes about 6 cups

3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp (a pinch) salt
2 c. buttermilk or soured milk (Make by mixing: 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar + milk to make 2 cups)

1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment paper) a baking sheet, 9×13 or larger.
2: In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk and blend well.
3: Spread mixture out evenly on baking pan and bake 1 hour, or until light brown.  …

4: Drop oven temperature to 250°F.  While the cake is still warm, break into 1-inch pieces, then pulse pieces in a blender or food processor.  Texture should resemble pebbles.  Spread out on baking sheet and bake 1 hour.  Flip once every 15 minutes.
5: Cool then store in an airtight container.

Note: Recipe can easily be made vegan.  The “buttermilk recipe” works the same with soy milk.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011 8:36 pm

    This looks great, and really easy. I can’t wait to try it. I love family recipes – thanks for sharing.

  2. January 20, 2011 12:26 am

    Mum’s grapenuts! I haven’t made them since sophomore year… I should do that tomorrow. Jess and I enjoy pancakes, busicuits, and sometimes egg-experiments for breakfasts.

  3. Christina permalink
    February 1, 2011 2:23 pm

    Thank you Lauren!
    I have been out of touch lately on your blog.

    Your love affair with Food is wonderfully written. Can I share this with my editor?

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