Thursday, September 8, 2011

what's cooking in my kitchen

Truth be told, lately not a whole lot.
The weather is changing and I'm not really ready for it to. I'm hoping we get a bit of an Indian summer! That would be great!!
Everything in my garden is water logged with all the rain we've been getting.
I found some homemade Grapenuts at a natural food store. WOW were they good! But they were expensive so I never bought them again. I mean it was a small bag and it was gone in one sitting with all of us eating it. So I decided to look up a recipe that sounded good and had similar ingredients in it as the one I had bought. The search began and I found one. The only thing different in the one I found was there was no oatmeal in it. Well 6 0 1, I figured I'd try it. Yup they were good too! I was pleased. They were great in yogurt or milk, but I liked 'em better in the yogurt, my homemade yogurt at that. I'm picky! haha Everyone liked them too, and it makes a ton. Well maybe not a ton but 5 quarts. So it lasted a while. And so much cheaper to make it myself then to buy it. My Man likes warm Grapenuts in the winter, so now I can make Grapenuts and he can have a warm breakfast before going to work! Not to mention they are filling so the kiddos can have a warm breakfast before school. Something different besides oatmeal!  So lets look at some homemade Grapenuts!!

this is all the ingredients in the bowl ready to be mixed.

next you put the mixture into a 9x13 pan and smoosh is all down

forgot a picture of what it looks like before you blend it all up. Looks like a cake after its cooked.

after it's blended, but still needs to cook more!

finished product, all cooked. smells wonderful and tastes great!
I found the recipe online at a Taste of Home site. I guess it was in one of their magazines. I don't remember the persons name that gave it, but like I said it's at a Taste of Home website! I liked it and have made it a few times, and I liked that it made a lot so I don't have to make it all the time. I am still looking for one with oatmeal, and when I find it, maybe I'll share!! This is not a make it quick recipe either. It needs to cook for 1 hour 35 minutes. So it takes some time, but I think it's worth it!!

7 C whole wheat flour                          3 C brown sugar                         2 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tesp salt                                            2 1/2 C buttermilk                       6 Tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla                                        1/2 tsp maple syrup

Mix dry ingredients, then add wet. Mix until combined. Spread in 9x13 inch pan** a note about this is coming**
Bake 350 for 35-40 minutes. Cool on racks. Turn oven temp down to 250.
Break mixture up into pices and blend in a food proccesseor. Put back in pans **note it coming**
Bake 1 hour at 250, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool and store in air tight container!
Makes 5 quarts. It really does I tried it and all 5 were full!
**Note**  I cooked it the first time it 2 pans. Then, you are going to need 4-6 9x13 pans. When it's all ground up it makes a lot and stirring it it will spill out all over the oven if they are too full. I think I used 4 pans, and was very careful when I stirred it.
Well that's it!
Happy cooking!!!


  1. How Cool! Thanks for sharing :) - Kelly's Adv in Ky.