Okay, gotta tell you about something that has just tickled me no end.
Last Thursday, Jane at Hard Work Homestead did a post on making your own Grape Nuts. You know, that crunchy cereal that's been around forever. The cereal is a little weird starting with the very name. I know many people wouldn't eat it if they were starving, but I've gotta admit it's always been a favorite of mine. So what if it is a little like chewing ground cement and sounding like a horse masticating whole grain while doing it. Either you love it or hate it. Well, as I say, I've always been one of the lovers but rarely purchase it anymore because I know the ingredients including the preservatives, just plain and simple, aren't good for me.
But back to Jane's recipe for making homemade Grape Nuts. Last Sunday afternoon I finally got around to following her excellent tutorial and recipe. (I nearly incited a full-blown riot when hubby saw the first stage going into the oven and thought it was a sheet cake. He's really battling sweet deprivation since we've been on our weight loss kick.)
As I worked through all the stages of the creation of healthy, homemade Grape Nuts, I was really very leery of it coming out tasting anything like my beloved cereal. But I followed the process through to the end.
The two pans of the finished product sat in the turned off oven overnight as Jane had suggested. First thing yesterday morning I bottled up the cereal. I had already planned a poached egg breakfast so that's what we had. (Besides, hubby is not a cold cereal eater so I knew I didn't dare feed him Grape Nuts [healthy variety or not] for breakfast.)
After finishing breakfast, I couldn't wait any longer so I put a small portion of "Jane's Grape Nuts" (as they will now always be known) in a small bowl with some milk and let them sit for a couple of minutes.
Then the taste test. Did they taste like store-bought Grape Nuts? Heck, no. THEY WERE MUCH BETTER! I happened to have about 1/2 cup of purchased Grape Nuts left in the back of the cabinet so I dragged them out and gave them the taste test after sampling Jane's. The commercial ones tasted very stale (I don't believe they were as I'd stored them in a well-sealed jar) and tasteless compared to the ones I'd just made.
The one change I would make to the recipe was one Jane suggested herself. In future batches I'll experiment with cutting the sugar amount as so much simply wasn't needed for my taste.
Never in a million years would I have guessed you could make Grape Nuts at home let alone a better, more nutritious, delicious and healthy substitute.
Now I have one question for you, Jane. Can you come up with a recipe to make healthy Cheerios, my other childhood favorite cereal??