I don’t know why the idea of homemade cereal intrigues me so much. it has for a while. Remember when I made Homemade Healthified Reese’s Puffs Cereal? Yeah that was weird too. I just love cereal. But never for breakfast. Breakfast is meant for nut butter toast with fruits and oatmeal. But that’s another story.
Cereal my nightly bedtime snack. Anyone else this way? Only cereal at-night-type-person? Anyways, as I’ve gotten older and more progressively boring, my cereal choices have as well. Besides random sugar cravings I rarely eat or even desire sweet cereal. The sweetest I’ll go is like, Honey-Nut Trader Joe’s O’s or certain Kashi cereals. Dats it.
We have these Oatmeal Flake things at Trader Joe’s. People like them. Sometimes we’re out of them and people get sad. I’m sorry friends. It happens. I get sad when we run out of organic bananas before I can buy a bunch, especially on a day with lots of good bunches. Food anticipation followed by let down is the worst.
Anyways, I randomly wanted to make cereal this morning and wanted something not-too-sweet that had some substance too it. I love oatmeal and decided making Oatmeal Flakes would be a good way to go. I added flax because I enjoy the nutty flavor it adds to things and it makes an excellent binding agent in baking. The result was a crunchy, oat-y, delightful flake cereal that is excellent with almond milk and/or as a snack.
I gotta be honest I was kind of shocked at how well this stuff came out. I was panicking that it was going to be a fail-boat while it was in the oven so then I ended up also making a batch of Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola so then I had Cherry Vanilla Almond Granola and Homemade Oatmeal Flax Flake Cereal and I concluded I really need a life.
But then again I don’t. I’m happy as a clam just hanging with my dog and baking most days so if that makes me lame, so be it. I’m lame and happy. So ha!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: 30-40 minutes
makes about 2 cups cereal, easily doubled
- 2 cups oat flour (can make by grinding oats in a food processor or blender for two hours)
- 1/2 cup flax
- 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, and can add up to 3 tablespoons. i just prefer not-too-sweet-cereal)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup almond milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats flour, flax, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well. Add almond milk and mix again until a wet, putty mixture forms.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into a thin layer with a spatula. Place in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the mixture has totally dried out and the edges begin to lift.
4. Remove sheet from oven and allow to cool. Cut with a kitchen shears into strips, and then bite-sized pieces, and/or break with your hands for a rustic, flakey look. Enjoy with your favorite nondairy milk or as a snack 🙂