In a previous blog, I told you that I would show you some of the cereals I used to make. This is one of them. I began making it when I was in Nigeria because we wanted cold cereal in the mornings. I continued making it after we came back to the United States because it tasted good and was healthy. When other kids were eating Lucky Charms, mine were eating things like this. I believed and believe in being healthy, and I was not about to let my kids grow up on sugar and preservatives. None of them grew up fat, but they did grow up healthy and happy. At one point, my brother gave me a name plate to use in my office because I was a university professor, and my kids said, “That doesn’t belong at the university. It belongs in the kitchen because that is your office.” My kids appreciated the things I made for them, and they wanted to keep it happening. Here is how to make homemade granola cereal.
You mix this cereal directly in the roasting pan. You don’t need to mess up a mixing bowl. I began by setting my oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Next, I put four cups of oatmeal in the roasting pan. After that, I added 3/4 cup of water, 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 2 cups of flour. When I first began making this, I used whole wheat flour, but whole wheat flour is almost impossible to find here in Korea. The original recipe I had called for wheat germ instead of flour. However, I was lucky to find basic ingredients in Nigeria, and I didn’t frequent health food stores when I was in the States. Whole wheat flour works really well. Today, I had to use plain white flour because I had looked for whole wheat, but couldn’t find it here in Korea. I mixed all these ingredients together.
Next, I added 1 1/2 cups of cooking oil, and then 1 1/2 cup of honey. If you want nuts or dried fruit, you could add them too, but I was always happy just to find the basic ingredients. I mixed everything together.
I came back and stirred it a couple of times while it was cooking.
I put the roasting pan in the 300 degree oven for one hour. Every so often, I went back and stirred the cereal because I didn’t want it to cook like a cake or like granola bars, but like breakfast cereal, so I was trying to keep it loose. At one time, I used this recipe and didn’t go back and mix it, but tried to cake it together when I was making granola bars for my kids to eat as snacks.
I stopped making this when we went to Romania because oatmeal was really hard to find. I think the oatmeal was easy to find in Nigeria because they were at one time an English protectorate and had a lot of influence from the English.
It is a delicious breakfast. I keep it in a covered, sealed, plastic container after it is cooled. When you want to eat some, use it just like regular cold cereal Just dump some one a bowl and pour milk over it. It is delicious!