Everyone in the US knows that the boxes of breakfast cereal you can buy in the supermarket are expensive and can be far less healthy than the claims on the front of the box would lead you to believe. Making your own breakfast cereal is surprisingly easy and inexpensive. All you need is oatmeal and a few other ingredients.
I recently got a deal on 10 pounds of rolled oats. Yes, I said 10 pounds. (Expect a bunch of oat recipes in the near future.) Homemade granola is great stuff and versatile. This formulation works great as a breakfast cereal and goes well with vanilla soy milk. It’s crunchy and stays crunchy in milk and is just a bit sweet.
A quick word about oats. Make sure you are using plain rolled oats. The container will usually have the words “old fashion” on the front. The only ingredient listed should be rolled oats. DO NOT USE QUICK OR INSTANT OATS.
Chocolate Cranberry Granola Breakfast Cereal
4 cups rolled oats
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup bakers cocoa
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
Preheat oven to 325oF and set a rack in the center of the oven.
In a large bowl mix together the oats, cocoa, walnuts, cinnamon, cardamon, and salt.
In a small bowl mix together the oil and agave nectar.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Mix thoroughly. Make sure the oats are completely covered.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the mixture out on the baking sheet in an even layer.
Bake for 30 minutes then remove and stir the mixture.
Bake for another 20 minutes.
Cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes.
Break up the mass and cool completely.
Store in an air tight container.
There should be enough to fill a gallon zip top bag.