Cereal squares

I’m coo-coo for cocoa puffs! They’re GREAAAT! Silly Rabbit! They’re magically delicious! Breakfast of Champions.
If you haven’t caught on yet, those are slogans for a few of the very popular cereals on the current market. Cereal, oh cereal how I love thee. I, and many others on this Earth, include cereal in their daily routine.

*stands on soap box*
I must tell you, though it breaks my heart, that the cereal on the grocery shelves that you have spent hundreds of dollars on over the years is terrible. There I said it. It is filled with a ridiculously large amount of sugar (in several forms), artificial food coloring, BHT, random “stabilizers and preservatives”, and a whole bunch of other ingredients you have never heard of and certainly wouldn’t use in your kitchen. I literally almost had a panic attack when I looked at the ingredients and understood what I was putting into my body by the bowlful.
Why, oh why, do they need to put such terrible things in our food? Cereal companies focus on selling their product to children with their colorful boxes, cute spokespeople/things, and catchy commercials. They count on kids being drawn in and their parents buying it for them. Most cereals have at least 9-11 grams of sugar (refined and processed, of course) in just a 3/4 cup. Let’s be real though, who only eats a 3/4 cup serving..not me. We are only supposed to have 24 grams (for woman) or 36 grams (for men) of sugar in our diet a day and that is the max. With all of the other foods we eat, this bowl full of sugar is not helping us keep that number in check.

You know how all the specialists say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well, if that is true, why would you be feeding yourself a bowl of sugar n’ chemicals? That is most certainly not great.

So those cute colorful (delicious) marshmallows, those mini chocolate chip cookies, those little balls that taste like a peanut butter cup, and even your ‘natural’ (ha) granola, are now banned forever from entering into my body again and I hope yours too!
I have been trying to create something to squash my intense cereal withdrawals. This particular recipe came about by accident, actually. I was trying to make gluten free crust and it didn’t work out, but it most certainly worked as cereal! YAY FOR EXPERIMENTS!

This cereal is gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, kid friendly, adult friendly, no processed sugars, preservative/chemical free, and very-happy-tummy approved. Winner all around.
Cereal squares

Cereal squares
2, 1/2 cup, servings (it’s really filling trust me)

Ingredients:

-1 cup oat flour (1 cup oats, blended)
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1 tablespoon ground flax meal
-small pinch of salt
-1/2 a ripe banana, mashed
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-1 teaspoon water

Directions:

1. Combine oat flour, baking powder, flax meal, salt, and ground cinnamon in a bowl.
2. Pour in the mashed banana and coconut oil. Mix with a fork.
3. [You will have to get your hands dirty for this.] Pour in the 1 teaspoon of water and mix the dough with your hands and roll into a ball.
4. If your dough is still too crumbly, add water by the 1/4 teaspoon.
5. When your dough is smooth, but not too wet, place the ball on a silpat or a piece of parchment.
6. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4 inch thick. I found it easier to place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the dough ball and then roll it out with the rolling pin.
7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
8. Take a knife and cut your dough into desired size. I cut mine to about 1/2 inch squares.
9. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown and hard.
10. Place crunchy squares into a container and if you want the inside dough to be crunchier bake them a bit longer. Check every 2 minutes, they burn easily!
11. Let them cool and enjoy a delicious, chemical-free cereal!


A true breakfast of champions 🙂

Cereal squares bowl

This cereal is slightly sweet from the banana, but doesn’t taste banana-y at all! It’s a magical cereal…and is now my favorite! I personally love it with..more bananas, strawberries, walnut chunks, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.

Cereal squares with fruit

If you love cereal and your health, then put that silly looking, colorful, mesmerizing box DOWN. And pick up a nice bowl of these delicious little squares! They’re cute too, aren’t they?

Enjoy this beautiful, wonderful, magnificent, delicious accident…I sure am!

What’s your favorite cereal flavor?

Until next time,

chels

“Cereal is an acceptable meal any time of the day.”

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