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Honey Maple Grapenuts Cereal

makes about 2 pounds

3 cups whole wheat or graham flour (King Arthur brand white whole wheat flour is tasty in this recipe)
1/2 cup barley flour or rye flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour or oat flour
1/3 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup dry milk powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon and nutmeg OPTIONAL
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons maple flavoring (may use vanilla, or almond or other nut flavor if making as a nut substitute)
1/4 cup warmed honey or maple syrup, brown rice syrup
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk

Sift the dry ingredients together several times to blend thoroughly. Beat the liquid ingredients together, stir intothe dry ingredients. Mixture should be very fine, just like commercial Grape Nuts (not doughy). If too wet work in a little additional flour.

Spread on 2 or 3 baking sheets and bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Stir to break up granules and bake 10 minutes longer, until fragrant and golden brown. Cool and store in air-tight container.

Good mixed with equal parts granola and flake cereal for a tasty crunchy breakfast blend. For a big iron boost, use organic blackstrap molasses. If you add any soy flour, make SURE it is roasted at least 15 minutes before adding. Raw soy flour isn't good for you and this doesn't bake long enough to cook it thoroughly.

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Variation: Homemade cereal flavor clusters

You can make delicious homemade cereal by adding your own fruit and clusters to bulk flakes. Use the grapenuts recipe above, stir in sliced almonds, crushed nuts, crisp rice, rolled oats or raisin or dried fruit bits, work it in after the flour and liquid are blended liquids. Bake as directed in slightly larger clusters and mix into your favorite plain flake cereal.

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