I realize I’m not the first person in the world to make their own cereal and hopefully after I show you this fun project we did I won’t be the last!
First, we made our cereal. I researched several recipes and kind of came up with my own that would work best for us:
Homemade Granola Cereal:
- 4 C. old-fashioned oats
- 2 C. coconut
- ¾ C. vegetable oil
- ½ C. honey
- 1/3 C. brown sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- Nuts, dried fruit or any other extras you desire
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Toss oats, nuts and coconut together in large bowl. (I didn’t have any nuts on hand so I didn’t add nuts to ours)
- Whisk together oil, honey, brown sugar and in vanilla in another bowl.
- Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a spatula until all the oats are covered.
- Pour into a 13x8x1 sheet pan.
- Bake for 30 min.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool. Stir occasionally so mixture doesn’t stick to pan.
- Add dried fruit (we used dried cranberries)
- Store in airtight container or Ziploc bag
While the cereal was cooking and cooling I gave each of my older kids the assignment to make a cereal label for the cereal they just made.
Iris named her cereal “Crunch, Crunch, Munch, Munch, Lick, Lick.” She drew a picture of our family. My husband and I are eating candy bars, the older kids are eating lollipops and the baby is eating a popsicle. I really think this girl might have a future in marketing. How brilliant to disguise a healthy cereal in a box covered in delectable treats!!
My son Bency, named his cereal “The Life of Goodnis.” I like this! It sounds expensive (despite the misspelling)! It conjures up thoughts of enjoying a bowl of cereal, eating on a patio overlooking an ocean view!
I put their homemade cereal in a Ziploc bag, put it in an old, empty cereal box and attached their new labels!
My kids really liked this project and they LOVED the cereal! Iris thinks we should present it to the “grocery store guy” and see if he wants to buy it from us!
I’ll let my future marketing executive handle the details!
What a fun project, and it sounds delicious! I think you’re right Iris does sound like she’s got a future in the marketing business, you should let her handle all things promotion from now on!
Thank you!! I think she’s kind of into “false advertising” but I think most things are! Usually it’s the reverse…they put something unhealthy in a box and label it in such a way to make it “look healthy!” I think her marketing strategy would work great with kids! Thanks for reading!
haha!! Thank you!
I might whip up a batch of this myself today. I’m thinking it would work great with some yogurt and berries and I could make those parfaits like they have at McDonalds. I love those!
Yes! I only give the kids plain yogurt and then I just put a dollop of unsweetened strawberry jam on it and a little honey but now I’m going to start using this too!
I forgot to ask…What are you going to call yours and draw on your label????!!!
What a great idea. I never thought about doing something like this! Going to try it out 🙂
Thanks! There’s tons of recipes on the internet for it. The majority of them called for ingredients that I didn’t have or probably couldn’t afford. They’re probably even healthier though!
You are entirely too enterprising and energetic for me! In my house there are two cereal choices, plain Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios, LOL.
Keep buying your cereal!!!! You must save your energy for that waitressing gig so I can live vicariously through your funny life!!!
I’m excited to pass this recipe on to my kids. My son has been making me eggs all summer but I think it’s about time he branched out to something else like cereal.
haha!!! I guess I wouldn’t be picky if he’s making you breakfast!!!
He makes a great omelet but his coffee could be better.
I’d buy it with those great names and labels. Tell your daughter to get to marketing – we need it here in Nebraska! 🙂 What a fun project.
LOL!!! Thank you!!!
What a great idea! I make my own wheat-free muesli every other week but hadn’t thought of getting the kids involved. One week or so left of the holidays so best I get cracking! Thanks for liking my latest inthislifemrsh post ‘The art of remembering’. Great to check out all these fab blog posts on my return from holidays.
Thanks! Do you make big batches? The cereal we made on Tuesday is already gone…I’m going to have to start making HUGE batches!!
Yumm I am getting up now to make a batch and since I am out of nuts will go ahead anyways!
I hope you enjoy as much as we did! Ours is almost gone so I have to make more tomorrow or this weekend!
I love the kids’ labels! I’m printing out the recipe now for the kids to help me make later. Thanks!
Thank you!!! Great! I hope you like it! I bought some flax seed the other day to sprinkle in mine also for some extra nutrition!
Oh, I make homemade granola too! I never buy the stuff in the stores anymore. I do need to try to involve my son in it…he’s so picky but if he had a hand in creating it maybe he would try it. I love the idea of making your own labels.
Thanks! I bet he would too! What do you put in yours?
I use 4 c oats, 2 c coconut, 2 c sliced almonds, 3/4 c honey, 1/2 c veg oil. Once it’s baked I add whatever I have – raisins, pecans, or just have it plain. I get my almonds at Sam’s – it works out cheaper that way. PS I love your kitchen!
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