A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal Recipe

I'm going to share with you a bigger, better, crunchier breakfast cereal. Some of you aren't going to be interested in this concept at all, and that's cool (I think a taco recipe is up next). For some of you, this is going to be a game changer. I've been making my own dry cereal breakfast blends in recent months. But, here's where things got interesting. I started making it in increasingly larger, and larger batches. Now I cherry-pick boxes of favorite cereals, dump entire boxes into the most massive bowl I can find, and add quick oats, oat bran, ground flax, and freeze dried fruit. Give everything a really good toss, and transfer to two XXXL glass Weck jars. The big-batch thing is the magic. Especially if you're at all lazy, but still want a great breakfast. I'm including the recipe for what I think of as my "master" cereal recipe, but use it as a jumping off point, and don't get hung up on whether you can track down the exact cereals I use.

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

So much to say about this. My cereals of choice are oat flakes, shredded wheat, and some sort of dense nugget cereal - but a mix of sugar-free / whole grain / high-fiber cereals is what you're going for. Said another way, a mix of textures, and nutrient diversity. Because the components are dry, it means weeks of quick breakfasts, and you can easily scoop some into baggies for simple travel breakfasts.

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

This is the berry version. There are times I do a "tropical" version, swapping out the berries for freeze-dried bananas, pineapple, and apples. You can also add fresh fruit when you add the milk, and anything else you have on hand.

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

A Big, Crunchy, Better Breakfast Cereal

HS: Just a heads up, this isn't a sponsored post, I'm calling out name brands to illustrate the exact blend I use, but you can substitute using the same general concept!

1 box Kashi wheat biscuits (16 ounce)
1 box Nature's Path Multi-grain Oat Flake Cereal
1 box Kashi 7-grain nuggets, or Ezekiels
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/2 cups oat bran
4 cups freeze-dried berries (mix of raspberries, blue berries, strawberries)
1/2 cup ground flax seeds

to serve: fresh berries fruit or sliced banana, chia, hemp seeds & your milk of choice (I prefer almond milk here or a blend of cashew and almond milk)

Combine everything in your largest bowl, toss well, and transfer to air-tight containers (two Weck 2.5 L glass jars are perfect).

Makes cereal for a week or more.

Prep time: 5 minutes

If you make this recipe, I'd love to see it - tag it #101cookbooks on Instagram!

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  • This recipe is so useful for me considering my mornings are probably one of the hardest parts of my day and this breakfast which provides everything I could really need is definitely a game changer in terms of how my breakfasts go.

  • Great idea and looks fabulous. I'm thinking that on cold mornings I'd add hot milk or chai...warm & yummy. Thanks, Heidi!

    Suzanne McLean
  • Can I sub regular oats for the quick-cooking kind?

    HS: Hi Loring, you can!

  • I love this idea and have being doing it for a while. The only thing I do different is to store my mixed dried fruit (especially raisins, etc) separately and add them at the last minute. I find they turn into little rocks if left interspersed with the dried cereal blend. Love the colour punch of your blend!

  • Give Nabisco Shredded Wheat and Bran a try. Yes, it's not organic. But no sugar. And full of flavor.

  • Hi Heidi, Wondering what fruit you use. Is there a particular brand that's you suggest? Thanks! Maggie

    HS: Hi Maggie - I think the last time I bought them, they were Karen's Naturals.

    Maggie Mode
  • That's a great idea, thanks for sharing! I recently accidentally bought some strawberry mini wheats that contain artificial food coloring, blech. I could taste it right away. When our cereal supply dwindles, you've inspired me to buy some healthy, non sugary cereals and make this mix.

  • My favorite breakfast or lunch is vanilla or honey whole milk yogurt, Bran Buds and fresh or frozen fruit. today it was mango. I make it the night before so the Buds get soft and caramel-ly.

  • Do you have a problem with all the smaller bits and pieces falling to the bottom of the jars? I've long been a cereal mixer, but always day of, which means i need space to keep 3+ boxes of cereal in my pantry. But I'm worried that week 2 I'll eat all the yummy fruit and big flakes and by week 3 a bowl will be 90% oats/flax/bran/chia and the crumby bits.

  • Heidi: such a swell idea ! I haven't eaten dry cereal in years, probably got bored, but this would curtail the boredom! You're so clever!

    Susan Iseman
  • Slightly off subject but do you freeze dry your own fruit? Getting interested in this topic and exploring affordable and reliable ways of doing it.

  • Could you say something more about the freeze-dried fruit? Is this something you make? Buy? Thanks.

  • This looks killer! Always on the hunt for a quick breakfast, especially when I haven't planned ahead! Thanks for sharing!

    Donna c
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