Thursday, March 7, 2013

National Cereal Day

Today is national cereal day. When I think of cereal, my mind goes to Cheerios or Rice Crispies. The truth is that cereal is just grains. The list of grains Wikipedia has under cereal are corn, rice, wheat, barely, sorghum, millet, oats, triticale, rye, fonio, quinoa, and buckwheat. Technically you can choose any of these for national cereal day, but I went along the more traditional "breakfast" cereal route. Below is a recipe for a hot cereal and a cold cereal. Here are a lot of other cereal recipes that I've posted about before.

cinnamon almond cereal

Cinnamon Almond Cereal
4 ounces of oil roasted almonds (I used Planter’s)
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup water
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp honey

Blend the almonds, cinnamon, and oatmeal together to form a powder. Whisk in the water and honey. Spread onto a pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 400. Cut into squares and bake another 15 min.

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This chocolate oatmeal is super thick and creamy. This was actually an accident on my part. I was trying to just make normal chocolate oatmeal, but it turned out way too watery. Adding more oats would have ruined the texture, and I didn't want to just dump it. I had a crazy idea about how to make my oatmeal thicker, and it worked. The secret ingredient? Cornstarch. Weird, but yummy.

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Super Thick Chocolate Oatmeal
½ cup old fashioned oats
½ cup milk
½ cup water
½ cup apple sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cocoa powder
optional: splash of vanilla extract, chocolate chips, honey

Bring the milk, water, and applesauce to a boil. Stir in the oatmeal and cocoa powder. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and add the cornstarch. Make sure you stir it in well to avoid any lumps. Cook for another minute, or until your desired consistency is reached. Remove from the heat and add any optional ingredients.

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Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Harper actually wore her St. Patty's Day shirt to school today. Here's a three leaf clover card perfect for the occasion.

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