48 Homemade Breakfast Cereals

by Julie Ruble on August 11, 2010 · 192 comments

I like variety. Sure, sometimes during the week I can get on a kick and eat the same thing every night for dinner (hellooo, lima beans, I’m lookin’ at you), but I also really appreciate mixing it up every now and then.

That’s why a few months ago when I decided I wanted some breakfast cereal, I went to the store and bought about 8 different boxes of the stuff. Each morning needed to have its own flavor — as long as the nutrition facts were acceptable. What? Don’t look at me like that. Sure, I may be the same girl who posted the Coffee Cookie Dough Fudge Cheesecake, but I do try to eat reasonably during the week!

The store-bought cereal was okay. At least, I thought it was okay at the time. But then something happened — I had one of those thunderous BIG IDEAS.

It all started when I was perusing one of my favorite blogs, Not So Humble Pie, and saw her (you’re not going to believe it) S’mores Candy Bar. I know. Insane.

The premise of her post was that she didn’t understand the excitement over this new company that makes customizable candy bars, since it’s so easy to make them at home. Having been excited about the customizable candy bar company, I felt admonished. And inspired.

Because even more than I had been excited about customizable candy bars, I was excited about customizable cereal. There’s this company on the web (I won’t link to them, since I’m about to tell you it’s silly to pay for their product) that allows you to choose all the ingredients you want in your own personal box of cereal — and even lets you pick a name for your new creation! Too fun!

BUT. I realized when I read Mrs. Humble’s candy bar post that it didn’t make any sense to pay for one kind of customized cereal (that was just like going to the grocery store), or even for eight kinds of customized cereal . . . what would really make sense is to make your own fully customizable cereal buffet — one that would allow you to have a different flavor every day if you wanted to!

A dream was born. I scrounged up recipes for homemade granola and nutty bran flakes (I’ll gush about these in a minute). And as if to emphasize that making homemade cereal was indeed my destiny, the folks at Oh! Nuts emailed to ask if I’d like to review some of their products. Uh, YES, NUT PEOPLE, YOU READ MY MIND. Pounds of nuts and dried fruits later, I was in the cereal-makin’ biz.

If you’re about to post a comment calling me a hippie for making my own bran flakes, hold it right there. This recipe is super easy, super cool, and super rewarding. You feel like a superhero (who makes their own cereal?! I MAKE MY OWN CEREAL! I AM CEREAL WOMAN!), you know exactly what healthy ingredients went into said cereal, and — this is the best part — you have bran flakes that don’t taste like a cardboard box. Every time I opened the jar they were stored in, I got a whiff of delicious nuttiness. They had texture! They had taste! Yes!

The granola is the flavor that really carries the cereal, though. I chose a Double Coconut Granola from Opera Girl Cooks that I’d heard a ton about. Once it cooled, it lived up to the hype — buttery, slightly sweet, coconutty, with a hint of salt to really amp it up.

Once you’ve made some flakes and granola, the fun starts. Possible add-ins are endless: dried fruits, fresh fruits, toasted nuts (do make sure to toast them — MUCH more flavor), seeds, chocolate chips, peanut butter or cinnamon chips, candy, marshmallows . . . be creative! Add a little, add a lot.

My favorite bowl was a straight-up combination of all my options: bran flakes, double coconut granola, dried cherries, dried blueberries, cinnamon pecans, and toasted walnuts. If you have just 2 dried fruits and two nut options along with your flakes and granola, you’ll have 48 possible breakfast cereal varieties — that’s a lot of options!

The Oh! Nuts products were a success in terms of taste — the blueberries had a pronounced, wonderful blueberry flavor, and the cinnamon pecans were so addictive that I almost ate my stash before I got my cereal made! The sour cherries did have an odd, slightly fishy flavor (I know, weird), but I still enjoyed eating them. Maybe a flavor compound of the cherries came out that isn’t as pronounced when they’re not dried?

To be honest, including the price of shipping, I probably wouldn’t spend the extra money to buy regular nuts or fruit from Oh! Nuts, but would just head to the grocery store. That being said, for specialty items or rare nuts/fruits/candies, they’re the place to go. The selection is huge, and the products are high quality.

If you, like me, love a big ol’ bowl of hearty, nutty, earthy, crunchy, chewy, flavorful, delicious breakfast cereal — and one that can change with whatever mood you’re in — I hope you’ll make your own personal cereal buffet! Or perhaps fix a cereal buffet in pretty jars as a gift for a friend. Even better, have a breakfast party: set up a cereal buffet for family and friends where each person can make their own cereal combination, perhaps supplemented with juice and muffins on the side. Have fun!

Oh, by the way, I did have to branch out a little in homage to my original inspiration. How about some S’mores Cereal?

Below you’ll find the recipes for granola and nutty bran flakes. I even included nutritional info so you can make healthy breakfast choices! Round up some of your favorite add-ins and place all the components in separate jars for storage. Enjoy!

Homemade Nutty Bran Flakes



Recipe by: Adapted from Mr. Breakfast
Yields: about 3-4 servings (NOTE: Feel free to double this recipe! I wish I had.)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup bran
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup almond flour (or other finely ground nuts)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and add milk and water. Stir to mix well. The resulting mixture will be a very wet “dough” (so wet, you can hardly call it a dough). Cut two sheets of parchment paper to fit two baking sheets, and set one sheet of parchment paper on the counter where you’ll be rolling — you won’t be able to transfer it without this!

Glop half of the “dough” out onto the sheet of parchment paper and flatten it by hand. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the dough and “roll” it out (your rolling pin will almost just be smooshing it out into place) EXTREMELY THIN, almost transparent in some places. It will look like a giant bran flake — super fun!

Remove the plastic wrap and transfer the parchment carefully to a baking sheet. Cook for 10 minutes, but check often after just 5, because such a thin dough can easily burn. You’re looking for a thin, leathery cracker that is crunchy at the edges. When it’s done, remove it and allow it to cool completely. While it cools, repeat the process with the other half of the dough.

After both giant bran flakes have finished their first bake, reduce the oven temperature to 275 degrees. Tear the first, cooled bran flake into regular bran flake-sized pieces (about 3/4 of an inch), spreading them out on the parchment-covered baking sheet.

Bake at the reduced temperature for 20 minutes, flipping and stirring the flakes around every 5 minutes. Repeat process with the second cooled, giant bran flake. Then allow all bran flakes to cool completely. Store well in a sealed container for up to two weeks.

Nutritional Info: Serving size: about 1/4 of total yield Calories: 146.3, Fat: 5g, Sodium: 185mg, Carbs: 24.5g, Fiber: 6g, Sugars: 8g, Protein: 5.5g


Now that I’ve shared my favorites with you, I’m anxious to know: What sort of breakfast cereal would you make for yourself? Piña colada cereal with toasted coconut and dried pineapple? Cherry crumble cereal with dried cherries and cinnamon granola? A luscious combo of dates, coconut, and chocolate chips?

Double Coconut Granola



Recipe by: Adapted from Opera Girl Cooks
Yields: 3 cups of granola (NOTE: Double if you’d like more for snacking, because you’re gonna love this stuff)

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 scant cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup clover honey
1/6 cup virgin coconut oil (half of a 1/3 cup measure)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used almond because I was out of vanilla)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
optional: I toasted another 1/2 cup of sweetened shredded coconut to add in for sweetness, but that was before I’d tasted the cooled batch. It’s probably unnecessary.

Directions:
Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine oats and shredded coconut in a large bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook honey, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt until just simmering.

Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture, stirring well with a wooden spoon until fully combined. Spread this mixture out over a large sheet pan, place in oven, and bake for 10 minutes before stirring the granola. Repeat 10 minute baking time, followed by stirring, until granola is well-toasted (takes about 4 cycles, or about 40 minutes).

Cool the granola on the baking sheet, stirring occasionally. When cooled, you can store granola in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few weeks, or at room temperature for two.

Nutritional Info: Serving size: 70 grams (about 1/2 cup) Calories: 233, Fat: 12g, Sodium: 122mg, Carbs: 32g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 8g, Protein: 4.5g (NOTE: I’d use half a serving if I were combining the granola with bran flakes in my cereal)

Other delicious breakfast ideas floating around the internet right now: Beer Waffles with Cinnamon Cardamom Apples, S’mores Oatmeal, Oatmeal Pancakes, Pecan Sticky Buns, and of course, from yours truly, Carrot Cake Waffles.

Note: I received the above mentioned products from Oh! Nuts free of charge for review.

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Courtney August 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Oh! This is great! I just tried my hand at making my own granola yesterday…and boy, let me tell you, once you make your own you will never go back! Of course, you probably already knew that. Your blog is great, one of my favorites :)

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I totally agree, Courtney! This was my first try with granola, too, and boy, is it yummy.

Thanks so much :)

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diamond August 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

it my first time too it was so tastey

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Julie M. August 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Yum! I’m a cereal fanatic and the idea of making my own is awesome. I love what you did and too cool that you got to review oh nuts! I’ve drooled over their website on more than one occasion.

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm

They have a ton of stuff you could never find at the store — bulk watermelon seeds, really?! :)

Thanks, Julie!

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indie.tea August 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I never thought of making my own cereal. Your cereal recipe sounds amazing, and looks so pretty too.

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thank you!

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Janet Rudolph August 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

How fabulous! S’mores breakfast cereal! That’s one for the books … or the belly!

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm

It was tasty! I liked the fruity combos even better, but I love that the sky’s the limit :)

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Anna Johnston August 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

What a fun read, smiled all the way through nodding vigourously in agreement. Nothing like homemade cereals with all those little extra ‘somethings’.

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Extra somethings are totally my favorite part! :)

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Julie, you are so clever! I feel a similar sense of accomplishment when I make my own cereal (sadly I haven’t made my own for a few months) and breads too. And Smores cereal? Take that straight to the checkout, I’m sold! :P

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Isn’t it great? I just love how personal it can be! :)

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Amelia August 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I used to make my own granola from a Moosewood Restaurant cookbook. My favorite flavor was chocolate cherry: dried cherries and mini chocolate chips.

I’ll have to try making those bran flakes. Bear eats cold cereal every morning.

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I think someone mentioned the Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook on LJ! Have to go check and make sure I’m not mixed up. Chocolate cherry sounds amazing!

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Joanne August 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Oh Julie I so love your DIY attitude! Exactly how I feel!

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Thanks, Joanne :) I think it’s spread through my family — my mom’s the same way (and my sister-in-law, too).

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Barbara Bakes August 11, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I want to be a cereal woman too. It never occurred to me to make bran flakes, what a fun idea. My daughter might think I went off the deep end though. But I’m sure it’s fabulous.

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I was wondering if the Blogosphere was going to feel like I went off the deep end, Barbara, but they are surprisingly fun and easy to make — and feel like a satisfying accomplishment :)

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Megan August 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm

You are fabulous! I love this idea. How many times do I look at cereal boxes and think that I would get one kind if only it also had this in it… or what if this had a little less sugar and a little more bran and protein…

And I completely love that you made bran flakes, and I am going to make them. I think I would do the bran flakes and dried cherries… and I’m not sure what else yet. I’m kind of on a dried cherry kick.

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Yay! I hope you love them, Megan! It’s nice that they’re so simple. I’m wishing I’d made more . . .

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

I love your idea of custom cereal! How practical to have a cereal buffet when there are lots of people in your house and everybody likes something different. I just started making my own granola this summer, but have never made bran flakes. What a great idea!

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Julie August 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

This was my first granola, Betty, and it was definitely a good one! Now I’m a believer ;) The bran flakes were so fun to make, too.

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Monica H August 11, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Well look at you Cereal Woman making your own bran flakes. How cool is that?

By the way, those cinnamon pecans sound killer!

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 12:03 am

Thanks, Monica! Those pecans were soo good!

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Kaitlin August 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Oh my… I am a cereal fiend, but I HATE buying it. The ‘good’ stuff is just soooooooo expensive….

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that you are a genius. I can’t wait to try this and start making my own cereal! How awesome!

I’m thinking cinnamon and honey granola, almonds and… Hmmm.. Maybe it sounds weird, but I think some crisp fresh apples or sliced banana might be good in there, too. Kinda simple, but hey – that’s how I like my breakfast ;)

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

Kaitlin, I think that sounds amazing! The crunch of the apples would be perfect. Hope you love it :)

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Candice August 12, 2010 at 3:05 am

I’ve never seen your blog before and I arrived here via foodgawker.
I really enjoyed reading your post. I make my own granola but have never even considered making my own bran flakes.
After reading your post I will have to give it a try. It looks amazing!

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

Thanks, Candice!

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theteachercooks August 12, 2010 at 8:10 am

I do think that I am going to have to try making cereal now. What stunning photographs!

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

Thank you :)

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Lauren August 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

Brilliant! You rock Julie. I love it.

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 10:37 am

Thanks, Lauren :)

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Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries August 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

This is amazing, Julie. I Love, Love, Love cereal and sometimes even have it for dinner. I can’t imagine why it never occurred to me before to make my own. Especially knowing exactly what I look for in a cereal (I’m an earthy, crunchy, fruity, nutty cereal girl as well! ;)). Not to mention, the prices of a box of cereal have sky-rocketed so this is definitely a good option to not only get what you want, but save money! Great post! And love you for including nutritional info! ;)

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

Thanks, Andrea! The prices for the good, hearty cereal really are ridiculous.

I knew the healthy bloggers would appreciate the nutritional info! ;) Hope you love the cereal!

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Carla August 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

That s’more cereal needs to get in my belly. Now.

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm
theteachercooks August 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Thanks so much for the link. I had to read this post three times before I finally found it. I will try to return the favor. I do love your blog. Your photography is the best!

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Julie August 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Awesome breakfasts should stick together :)

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Julie the Alkaline Sister August 12, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Just found your site via tweet from @steamykitchen- yeah! Love the idea of homemade cereal flakes. I am for sure going to try alkalize this recipe with spelt bran and almond milk. If you like homemade breakfast ideas you might like my last post with cinnamon quinoa. Thanx for the inspiration Julie. I’ll be back:)

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

Yum, cinnamon quinoa sounds lovely!! Thanks, Julie :)

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sheila @ elements August 13, 2010 at 12:19 am

What a wonderful idea, Julie, to make your own customizable cereals!!! I buy bran flakes all the time, but no more!! I’m gonna see if I can find some bran at the store so I can make those nutty bran flakes!

Is the bran that I’m looking for at the store basically just a type of flour?

I can’t wait to start making my own cereals! I’m so excited!!! Thanks so much again! Cheers! sheila

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

Hi Sheila! I found mine with all the specialty flours — it’s Bob’s Red Mill brand “Wheat Bran” and was next to flax meal, almond flour and the like. Hope you love the cereal! :)

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sheila @ elements August 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Thanks so much, Julie! I’ll get some on Monday and give it a go as soon as I finish up my pre-packaged granola and bran cereal. Once those are out of the way, I’ll be a do-it-yourself cereal gal like you! :) Thanks again and have a great weekend! :) sheila

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Hurray! Do stop by and let me know how you like it, and what combinations you’re creating!

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Marisa August 13, 2010 at 6:50 am

Can’t say the thought of making my own cereal has ever crossed my mind, but this looks so do-able! Love the idea of customising your cereal and having such a variety to choose from. And the s’mores one looks super yummo.

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 7:46 am

Thanks, Marisa! It’s really doable!

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Wawa August 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I was just musing to myself during my morning drive that cereal is one of the few things that I love to eat that I have no idea how to make from scratch.
Then today I stumble across this wonderful post. This is definitely going into my to-be-cooked pile. Thanks!

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 12:47 pm

It hit me like that, too, Wawa — “Wait a minute, I bet you can just MAKE that!” :) Hope you enjoy it!

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Mary August 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

That’s a great idea. Nice to know you can start off your morning without the chemicals/preservatives they put in commercially made.

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I agree, Mary! Thanks :)

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Zom G. August 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm

YOU are a cereal superwoman! And dare I say, a granola genius?! Not only is it a good & fun idea, but it is super cute too! I was pondering my cereal choices and wishing it were possible to diy. And IT IS. Whoop!!

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Yay for DIY! And I love that I’m Cereal Woman AND a Granola Genius — happy day! :) Thanks!

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Towanda August 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

This is a great idea! As I was reading I thought, “This is a great idea for a brunch!” Then you confirmed my thoughts. I’m not sure if I’ll make my own flakes, but I will absolutely do the assortment.

Thanks for the idea!

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Julie August 13, 2010 at 11:21 pm

You’re so welcome, Towanda! The flakes are very easy, but if you wanted, you could also buy some plain bran flakes at the store and use those as a base for tons of mix-ins :) Have fun!

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Sue August 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

You are so innovative! And that S’mores cereal photo of yours…I think I could frame it, hang it on my wall and stare at it all day:) Delicious and gorgeous! Kudos to you!

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Jessica August 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Lol you are a mad woman! But an ingenious one indeed!

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Julie August 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Mwahaha . . . er, I mean, thank you ;)

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sheila @ elements August 28, 2010 at 1:41 am

Hi Julie, I just wanted to let you know that I made some granola this morning and it turned out GREAT!!!! It’s truly the best granola I ever had!!
If you want to see how I made mine, here’s the link so you can check it out:

http://kemalandsheila.com/2010/08/how-to-make-homemade-granola/

By the way, all last night I was literally dreaming all night long of making those bran flakes. I was going to make them this afternoon too but I ran out of time. I’ll definitely make them soon though! I’ll let ya know how they turn out. :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend, sheila

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Julie August 28, 2010 at 1:57 am

Yayy! So glad you enjoyed it!! I loved it too. Can’t wait to go check out your post!

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sheila @ elements September 9, 2010 at 1:15 am

hi Julie, I wanted to let you know I made a double batch of the bran flakes this morning, and it turned out great! I didn’t double the liquids, the baking powder or the sugar though, and the flakes still turned out wonderfully. I added some raisins to them when I was done and they really hit the spot. If you want to see my bran flakes, just click on the link below. :) Thanks again! Cheers! sheila
http://kemalandsheila.com/2010/09/homemade-nutty-bran-flakes-with-raisins/

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Kathryn September 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

My Bran flake stuck like crazy to the pan after the first time in the oven, and it was a big mess. Any ideas what for next time?

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Julie September 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Hi Kathryn! I’d make sure to roll it on the parchment paper like it says here — I could definitely see that happening! I’m sorry it didn’t work out!

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jimvj September 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Do you think the dough for the Bran Flakes could be rolled thru a pasta maker?

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Well, it’d fall apart in the pasta extruder because it’s not your typical “dough” — like for scones or cookies. It’s more like a sort of compacted mush (ha!). Which, though it rules out the pasta extruder, actually makes it VERY VERY easy to roll. I’m not ever a fan of rolling either, but with this, you don’t actually even press down that hard — it’s more “spreading out the mush very thin” than it is ROLLING. I think that’s why the recipe has you start on the paper you’re going to bake it on, because you could never lift this thing. It’s not a cohesive dough-ball.

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Dmarie November 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm

just came across your site because I googled “homemade breakfast cereal.” Besides granola, I’ve never made my own flakes, yet I hate all the packaging that comes along with b-fast cereals AND hate the prices. I’m going to try to adapt your recipe with oat flour, since I like oat flakes best. Wish me luck! look forward to browsing more of your site. thanks

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Ooh, let me know how it goes! Best of luck!!

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Shannon January 25, 2011 at 10:54 am

My husband always thinks I’m a hippie too. I like to make all those things that the cereal companies make, since they add way too many chemicals and unnecessary things to theirs. For an example, I bought Fiber One the other day, only to discover that it was sweetened with Sucralose. This is the only one in their line of products, sold at my local store, that isn’t sugar sweetened. Already made up my mind that I am not eating Sucralose (what started out as a pesticide recipe) on a regular basis. So….go you hippies! Home-made cereal is awesome!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

GO HIPPIES! I agree :D

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Meg :) February 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Hi! This is so wonderful! I’ve been inspired to start making cereal for my kids after watching “Food, Inc” and really having my mind taken for a ride! I just can’t feed my kids food with all those “extras” anymore. Nearly every cereal I saw today at the store listed “sugar” as the SECOND ingredient!! Yuck! I can handle the 2 TBSP your bran flake recipe called for. That’s awesome!

We have a child with nut allergies though… so… do you have any idea if I could substitute regular flour for the nut flour and still come up with the right end? I would love to know! Thanks!! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 27, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hi Meg! I know what you mean about the extras — you could even use a nice, natural cane sugar for the sugar here and stay even more wholesome :)

As for the nut flour, though, I have no idea! This website suggested maybe coconut flour: http://www.elanaspantry.com/forums/topic/substitute-for-almond-flour. And this website says flax meal is a good substitute in a 1:1 ratio: http://www.ehow.com/list_7218851_substitutes-blanched-almond-flour.html.

If you do find a good substitute, please let me know! I’m sure lots of folks with nut allergies would be thankful!

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Jess@HealthyExposures March 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

SO glad I found this – I’m just now toying with the thought of making my own cereal, and I never would have even begun to imagine I could make my own bran flakes!! Cannot. Wait. to try this.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I just found your blog and holy moly my friend, you are AMAZING!!!

I make my own granola, crackers, kombucha, salad dressings, desserts, etc…but your cereal varieties take the cake!

:)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Aw, thank you, Averie! :)

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RC March 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. It looks amazing! I’m definitely going to try these recipes. My husband is undergoing testing for a heart condition and with all the additives that are in foods these days it makes you wonder if all this crap we are eating is really good for you. Also the fact that it is hard enough already to find food and other products we can have in our home because of the ammonia/ammonium allergy in household. You’d be surprised what you’re eating if you just take the time to read all the labels.

Thank you for being a cereal woman!! Keep up the yummy goodness!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking March 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

I know what you mean! I’m glad this recipe might be helpful for your husband! I hope doctors get some clarity about his condition.

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Lorrina Klaszus April 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

Thank you, thank you , thank you. You so rock my world right now. I love it. You inspire women from all walks and make them want to make life better for them and there families. Thank you again.

Lorrina

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking April 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

Aw, thank you so much, Lorrina! What a sweet thing to say!

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Lorrina Klaszus April 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

You are most welcome!

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Valerie May 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Wow! I’m so glad I found your blog! I’ve been looking for a recipe to make bran flakes for ages! We have many different food allergies and diet restrictions at our house and I have been looking for a way to customize things without spending a ton. I am dying to alter your recipes to make them gluten free. My kids will love having more variety to our cereal options! Thank you!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

Hurrah! I hope everyone loves it, Valerie!

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Kali May 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks for shedding light on the simplicity of making cereal! I’m the mom standing in the cereal isle for half an hour looking for a box of cereal that isn’t full of preservatives and ingredients that I can’t pronounce! I’m a working mom so cereal is usually the breakfast of choice! Now I can have peace of mind knowing exactly what I’m giving my kids! Thank you again : o )

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

So glad it’s helpful, Kali! I love that aspect of it — it puts you in control of your cereal choices!

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Sarah June 30, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I can’t wait to try the bran flakes! I make granola all the time to add to my oatmeal. :)

As for the cherries, do they have canola oil on them? I know raisins often have a bit of oil added (I’m assuming it keeps them from sticking together). I find that canola oil has a bit of an unpleasant, fishy taste sometimes.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Oh, I didn’t check, but maybe they did! Thanks, Sarah!

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Kendra July 14, 2011 at 2:02 am

This is fantastic! I love cereal but it’s so expensive so have been looking up ways to make my own. I have one question though, how long will the bran and granola be good for? I’d like to make as large of a batch as I can and store it.
Thanks for sharing this :)

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Charlotte July 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe!!! We gave up packaged/processed foods a year ago, and enjoy much better health but miss cereal. I’ve been getting used to making so much from scratch, but hadn’t tried cereal until lately. My first couple recipes weren’t a big hit, but this one is LOVED by my whole family. Even my husband, the pickiest of the lot, says he’s in heaven because he can feel like he’s eating Wheaties again. Thank you!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking July 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Charlotte, what a sweet comment! I’m so glad your family loves them! And what an inspiration, giving up processed foods! Kudos to you all!!

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sheldonlaw August 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Wow, this is what I love about blogs! I am so happy I’ve found your blog — my hubby is an extremely zealous cereal lover and eater of all kinds of cereal and in search for more and more!! I’m going to surprise him with your recipe! Thank you!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Yayyy! I hope he loves it :) You might want to double or triple the recipe so he can try lotsa combinations!

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Holly September 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

Thank you soooo much! I thought I was the only one crazy enough to want to make cereal at home. I’ve been making granola for years but I’ve never been able to find a recipe for good old regular flake cereal. Love it! I’d still love to find a recipe for some “golden graham”-ish cereal for those unhealthy cravings. Maybe I could make a similar goop with graham crumbs and then I could make s’mores cereal!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 22, 2011 at 5:43 am

You are so welcome! And YUM — homemade golden grahams sound fantastic :D

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Jennifer March 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

You read my mind! After finding the bran flakes recipe I started craving some good ole fashioned Golden Grahams. I would love to have a recipe for those as well!

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Michael@NoFlourNoSugarDiet October 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

REALLY love this project of making homemade cereals! Where are there more?
I personally favor the granola, though I have honestly taken to eating granolas strictly for dessert. Regarding this coconut granola, which does sound great, I would recommend using raw, unpasteurized honey, for added minerals/nutrients, and a low glycemic index, which makes a difference if you use if for snacking!
thanks!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking October 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Thanks for the tip!

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Milly B February 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

But doesn’t baking it kill all of the raw honey’s good qualities? I’m new to raw honey, so I’m wondering.

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Neil October 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

Anyone known any Gluten free flake type cereal recipes.
I love Arrow Head Mills Organic Maple Buckwheat flakes, BUT not the $4.99 a box. I’m trying to make them myself with Buckwheat flour as a replacement four the other flours and or oats in some recipes that I’ve found here and on line. I would appreciate any help.
Neil

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amy October 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I’m trying a gluten-free version of these just now! You can purchase certified gluten-free oat bran from Bob’s Red Mill, or use quinoa flakes in place of the oat bran here. A heavy gluten-free flour blend (brown rice & sorghum or buckwheat flour) would likely sub well for the whole wheat flour.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking October 11, 2012 at 1:47 am

That sounds awesome!! Let us know how it works out, Amy!

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alia October 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Try using maple syrup instead of sugar! I just made these tonight because I’m a huge fan of the Maple Pecan Nature’s Path cereal, and they turned out *so well*.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking October 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Yum, that sounds amazing, Alia! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

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Polly Golliher November 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thank you so much For pursuing this dream and for posting it. I have been hunting for good cereal recipes for gluten free people like myself, this has given me the basics to make magic. So thanks again. I am using the basics of your bran flakes without the bran o wheat and making a vanilla coconut almond flake. Made with desiccated coconut instead of bran, and corn meal instead of whole wheat flour. Adding 1 tbls vanilla to the milk. What comes out is a beautiful cereal.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking November 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Hooray! I’m so glad you were able to adapt it to suit your needs, Polly! Thanks for sharing!!

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Theresa January 4, 2012 at 2:43 am

Hi! This looks great! I was wondering if you know of anyone who has done this vegan and substituted something else for the milk? I am looking forward to trying this!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking January 4, 2012 at 3:40 am

Not that I can remember, but I bet a nice almond milk would work! Please let us know if you try it! Thanks, Theresa!

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Kiirsti February 9, 2012 at 4:11 am

I feel like store-bought cereal is such a scam! So much money for such a small amount! Thank you thank you thank you for posting this! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Also going to try it with almond milk instead of dairy and see how that works out :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 9, 2012 at 4:13 am

I agree! You can make bunches with a sack of bran and almond meal, etc., with this recipe! You may want to multiply the recipe, though, because each batch only makes about 4 bowlfuls. I think it’ll work great with almond milk! Hope you love it :)

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Amanda Dittlinger March 3, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Just made both of these recipes and am excited about the success. Next time I’ll definitely double the bran since it didn’t make that much. I only did the first cooking part in the oven and then finished it in my dehydrator.

My granola almost burnt after 30 minutes, luckily I caught it at “just before burnt.” But I love coconut and this is a perfect topping for yogurt or cereal.
Thanks for these ideas! (I found you on Pinterest!!)

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Cherie March 15, 2012 at 2:33 am

What a fabulous idea! I have been making my own granola for years primarily for my husband. My boys were never great fans for it especially after the first few months. I do think having a variety of yummies at hand for them to choose from would definitely help. I love the bran flakes idea. Would anyone have any suggestions in how to make this gluten free or a recommendation of a substitute for wheat? I am trying to stay away from white flour. I’m not crazy about corn flour. I appreciate any advice! Thanks again for the great website!

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Shauna April 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Wow! Thanks so much for the bran flakes recipe. I love it and it was so easy. I made yogurt raisin bran with it and I did a piña colada granola from the granola recipe I use adding piña colada flavoring. So good. Thanks a ton

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking April 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Yum! That sounds fantastic, Shauna! So glad you enjoyed it!

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Tresa April 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Yum. Enjoyed the article about homemade breakfast cereals. I just wanted to ask whether you have a list of the add-ins such as fruits and nuts etc that you combine to make the different cereal varities. Need some ideas.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking April 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Tresa, I used dried blueberries, dried cherries, nuts, granola, chocolate chips, and marshmallows for mine — along with the bran flakes.

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Tristan June 17, 2012 at 3:07 am

So excited to try these! I’m particularly dying to try using peanut flour, or PB2 in the brand flakes for a peanut buttery fix! I can also make an approximation of Honey Bunches of Oats, which are my hubbies favorite! Okay well I think I’ve sufficiently overdone the exclamation marks. I Pinned you :) Thanks for this great post! (Last one, I promise)

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aruna June 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

Thanks for sharing. I hate it when my favorite cereal is discontinued. If I could replace my lost favorites, that would be awesome. :)

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Beth June 26, 2012 at 2:36 am

So so want to make the Bran flakes both for me and for my kids but when I went to the store I could not find Bran or Almond flour. did some research on Bran on the net and found that there is oat Bran and wheat Bran but your recipe calls for Bran so what one do I need? and where can I buy it? Thanks

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 26, 2012 at 2:56 am

Hi Beth! I buy Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Bran and I find it in the grocery over by the flour (or sometimes near the organicsy section if they have one): http://origin.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/0/0/185/e/AAAAC5TCRmsAAAAAAYXokA.jpg?v=1315840416000 If you can’t find it, check a fancy or health-food grocery and they might be more likely to have it.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 26, 2012 at 2:56 am

By the way, I use almond flour made by the same company, found in the same place!

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Beth June 26, 2012 at 3:23 am

thank you :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking June 26, 2012 at 3:33 am

Sure thing! And might I also recommend multiplying the recipe? So many people have said they loved it but it doesn’t make too much (especially when not combining it with granola or other goodies) — maybe 3 bowlfuls. I find it cathartic to get out a bunch of baking sheets, though, and make a huge batch :)

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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Lisa B July 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I am a mom of a large family and breakfast cearal is a luxary for us. I do make my own granola (among many other things) but bran flakes isn’t something I’ve done. Im so excited to try it. I’m going to put dried fruit and nuts in separate containers and set up a cearel buffett in the mornings.
Everyone can “build” their own cearel!!!!!

Thank you!

Lisa

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Mom Photographer August 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

you are a genius!!! I am so going to make it right now. I was thinking about making my own as my daughter is out of her cereal and I just don’t want to go to the store for one box of cereal. She has to have it, though, as she is in her life faze where yogurt and cereal are for breakfast, lunch, after lunch snack, before dinner snack, dinner, and before bed snack…
I’ve been already making my own yogurt and now it’s time for cereal!!! yeay!!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I hope you love it!! Especially if your house is big on cereal, you might want to multiply the recipe a few times to make enough. Enjoy!!

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Ashley August 8, 2012 at 2:05 am

Hey!! Love this idea!! But My bran flakes were still a little chewy…any recommendations?

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 8, 2012 at 2:22 am

Yep! Spread them back out on the pan and keep toasting until they crisp up — make sure they’re not overlapping on the pan. Then let them cool completely without piling them (so they don’t steam each other). That should help!

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Syd August 24, 2012 at 2:01 am

Ahh yum I love combining cereal! Just wondering for the bran flakes, is the sugar necessary? I’m trying to reduce my sugar intake. Thanks!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking August 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I think you can leave it out! Let me know how it goes!

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Tobey September 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I just tried making the bran flakes…mine stuck to the parchment paper. Very frustrating.
Any suggestions to keep it from sticking?

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 16, 2012 at 1:25 am

Hi Tobey! Are you sure you used parchment paper and not wax paper? Sorry if that seems like a silly question, but some people get them confused (I’ve been known to use the wrong one accidentally on occasion.)

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Tobey September 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I did grab the wax paper instead of the parchment paper….oops!
That’s what I get for being in a hurry! The ones I were able to get off the wax paper were delicious though!! Next time I will remember to slow down! :) Thanks!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking September 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Absolutely! I have TOTALLY made that mistake before! Hate that that batch didn’t work out, but I’m glad you enjoyed them!

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Vincent October 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Thanks so much for the bran flakes recipe! I tried it for the first time 2 weeks ago, and my family loves them so much, I’ve made them 4 times! We’ve been easing into eating less and less processed foods, and I was really afraid to have unprocessed breakfasts, because I love cereal so much, but these are great. This is the first recipe of yours I’ve tried, and I can’t wait to try some more.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking October 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I’m so glad to hear that, Vincent!! Thank you for trying it out!

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ScrimplyThrifty October 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

This looks so wonderful. I can’t wait to try it! As for Smores cereal, did you know you can make your own marshmallows? I’m sure you could cut them smaller to make them more cereal friendly too. I haven’t tried them yet but I have read that you will never eat store bought marshmallows again. ;) Just look up homemade marshmallows on the web, I’m sure you will find them.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking October 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

It’s true — homemade marshmallows made me realize that marshmallows are tasty :) Here’s the recipe I use: http://willowbirdbaking.com/2009/07/27/mallows/

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Kim Gilroy December 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

Your blog is beautiful and deeply inspiring! Keep cooking:) I can’t wait to make the cereal!!!!

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Melissa @ My Whole Food Life January 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

This is a fantastic idea! I am all about making my own everything. Glad I found your blog!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking January 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I’m glad you did, too! Hope you enjoy!

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Dhara February 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Hey Julie, i made both the bran flakes and granola. They turned out oh so yummy and satisfying. Just like you, one morning while eating my cereal I had the idea of making my own cereal. The search got me to your website and I am glad I tried yours. I am not going back to store bought cereal. Thank you so much.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I’m so glad to hear that, Dhara!! Thank you! :)

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Melissa February 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I can’t stop eating the first batch that’s cooling while the second batch is in the oven!! So delicious and they’re not even done yet. Thank you!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking February 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Hooray! So glad you are enjoying them :)

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Carol April 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Hello,
I just got on to your web site can’t wait to try the recipes but you said that there are
48 Homemade Breakfast Cereals recipes can you tell me where they are? I look at the web site and I didn’t see the 40 something recipes
Carol

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Julie Ruble April 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Hi Carol,

As I mentioned in the post: “If you have just 2 dried fruits and two nut options along with your flakes and granola, you’ll have 48 possible breakfast cereal varieties — that’s a lot of options!” The 2 recipes here are for the granola and bran flakes. If you pick up a couple of your favorite add-ins (nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruits, fresh fruits, etc.), that’s how you can combine them differently to make dozens of varieties.

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Jennifer April 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm

So I might have missed something, how do you make Smores cereal? Great post! Way back over 10 years ago when I first got married, I lived 30 minutes from the nearest store. I was a new stay-at-home housewife and I wanted to make EVERYTHING from scratch. I tried making cereal, and after a couple of failed batches I quit. Now it seems like there are more and more homemade cereal recipes circulating. I thank you for going through the time and effort to perfect some good recipes. Thank you!! Maybe now I can finally get some good cereal.

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Julie Ruble April 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

The s’mores cereal is just the bran flakes with chocolate and toasted marshmallows :) I hope you enjoy!

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Jeff May 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I think your nutrition information is off for the granola. If that recipe makes 3 cups and a serving is 1/2 cup, there are 6 servings. With a teaspoon of kosher salt in there, there are at least 400mg of sodium per serving, not 122 as stated. Some of us are on restricted sodium diets and keeping the sodium content accurate is crucial. Other than that this sounds really good!

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Julie Ruble May 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for the correction. I provide nutritional info only as a courtesy, but I use SparkPeople to find it and am not certain of its accuracy.

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Julianne Legge June 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

I am a fledgling cottage foods baker in California. I want to control the ingredients I use, so I went looking for a recipe for bean cereal that I can use in my other concoctions. I found THIS. No corn syrup, yay! Will try ASAP. Great ideas, Julie, and great writing. Subscribing! Many thanks –

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Julie Ruble June 27, 2013 at 5:05 am

Hope you love it, Julianne! I multiply the recipe when I make it because it goes fast and doesn’t make much. OH so good though!

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Julianne Legge June 27, 2013 at 5:09 am

*Bran* cereal. Autocorrect gets too helpful at times.

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Felicia Wilson July 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I know I’m a little late jumping on this comment thread but . . . Thank you! Thank you! I got up this morning and decided to give my kids cereal for breakfast. Read through the ingredients of the three store-bought cereals my husband brought home. Two had corn syrup and the third had BHT in the packaging. I had to pick what I felt was the least chemicaled and the lesser of three evils. I thought “There’s got to be a better choice than this.” So I went online and lo and behold, I found this blog post. Thank you again!

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Julie Ruble July 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

You’re very welcome! You will just LOVE it — be sure to multiply the batch so it makes enough for the kids :)

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Jason August 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I happened upon your post after I’d already come across the Bran Flakes recipe from Mr. Breakfast, but it did prompt a question:

Do you think the Bran Flakes would stay fresh longer if they were kept in the fridge after they cooled? I’m interested in trying the recipe (I’d like to make a big bunch of it, in fact), but I don’t like the idea of doing all that work and then only getting 2 weeks of mileage out of it. I guess it’s the nuts in the recipe, especially, that would go rancid in the pantry after they’d been toasted. Any thoughts?

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Julie Ruble August 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Hi Jason,

Honestly, I’m not sure — that might affect the texture. You can certainly give it a try (maybe even freezing the flakes?) This recipe as is is probably about 1 week’s worth (with granola, etc. to supplement). If you try it, let me know.

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Fatima January 16, 2014 at 1:07 am

Wow, the bran flakes making sounds so very interesting. Did you ever try or consider making it in a grill/panini maker or even a crepe maker?

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Julie Ruble January 16, 2014 at 1:10 am

Thanks, Fatima! With this mixture, that wouldn’t work. It doesn’t form a dough as much as it forms kind of a loose mush that you roll into a flat layer. You couldn’t transfer it to a crepe maker or anything. The first bake is really dehydrating it to a layer that you can then bake and crisp, and perhaps for that step you could try another cooking method, but at that point the oven also seems easiest!

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Joan March 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Hi Julie; well I have never commented on a site before but there is always a first time – just like making your own bran cereal! I love a little crunch with my fruit and hate what they put in cereals so decided to give this a try. Thank you so, so much. Because I have cut out almost all wheat from my diet, I substituted with spelt bran, almond and brown rice flour and 1/3 cup of ground sunflower seeds and ground cashews combined. It worked! I would like to know what you think of using coconut flour instead. Do you think it would absorb the milk and water too much and make it pasty? Thank you once again. I am thrilled!

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Julie Ruble March 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Hooray! I’m so glad to hear that it worked, Joan! I wish I knew an answer to your coconut flour question, but I’m not sure. I’m betting there’s some combo of coconut flour and ground nuts that would give you a great texture! If you try, please let me know!

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Joan April 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Thanks Julie, my second attempt was using a mixture of unsweetened coconut, brown rice flour, rye flakes and plain flour to make up the one cup of dry ingredients and then added the remainder of your recipe. I also took a suggestion from another reader and put in 2 TB of maple syrup instead of the sugar plus 1 tsp of vanilla in the milk. The flakes turned out wonderful and it just goes to show you there are endless possibilities to this recipe. No more store bought cereal for me! Thank you so, so much. I am so glad I found this site. And once you know what you are doing, it is so easy. Next time I will try it with the coconut flour and let you know.

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Ryan Dunne April 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Oh my gosh, I love your bran flakes cereal recipe! I admit I changed it some to fit what I have on hand and I substituted Corn meal, Spelt and Buckwheat flour for the bran and added cooked whole millet and it is soooo tasty!

Turns out my rolling pin was to big to flatten out the batter on my cookie sheet so it took like an extra hour to cook but it eventually turned out crunchy and delish! Thanks for the base recipe!

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Sherry t September 18, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I just made your bran flakes tonight and they are fabulous. I can’t wait to try a couple other variations with seeds or something. Who knew one can make their own bran flakes??!!

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Julie Ruble September 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Yay!! Thanks, Sherry! :) So glad you enjoyed them!

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Faith VanderMolen October 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

This looks great! I love making most things at home and I’ve yet to try cereal (other than granola). For the Homemade Nutty Bran Flakes recipe is bran the same as wheat bran? Excited to try this!

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Julie Ruble October 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

Yes, same thing! Enjoy!!

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C. November 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

Hi,I don’t see 48 breakfast cereals I only see 3. Where’s the 44 breakfast cereals?

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Julie Ruble November 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hi C, the idea is that using the recipes and tips here, you could combine ingredients to make 48 different breakfast cereals. It was a fun way of explaining the customizability of the bran flakes, granola, dried fruit, nuts, and other mix-ins.

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C. November 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Oh,i see so is this like the have it your way Burger King kind of cereals?

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Julie Ruble November 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Yep! Exactly ;)

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