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Homemade Grape Nuts

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

 
Homemade cereal, what a revelation! Zoe Dawn’s recipe for homemade grape nuts thrilled me. I’ve made homemade granola before, but never grape nuts. So I was excited to give this a try. And I have to say, I liked it even more than the kind you get in the store.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

You will need the following things: sprouted whole wheat pastry flour (I used regular whole wheat flour and it worked well!), light brown sugar, baking soda, salt, molasses, buttermilk, and butter.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Start by combining the dry ingredients in a bowl, including baking soda …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

And a good dash of sea salt.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Combine it all together well.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Then begin to pour in the wet ingredients. First the molasses …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Then the buttermilk …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Then the melted butter.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Give it a nice stir.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

It will start to come together until it is uniform in color and texture but not especially wet.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Press it into a baking dish and put it in the oven to bake.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Once it comes out of the oven, let it cool completely in your baking dish.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Once it’s cool, preheat the oven to 275ºF and crumble the mixture with your hands as fine or coarse as you would like your grape nuts to be. You will need several trays for this. Or you could cut this recipe in half to begin with if you don’t want quite so much on hand!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Place the sheet trays in the oven so that the coarse mixture dries out slowly.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

Let it cool out of the oven once it is firm, and once cool, store it in airtight containers.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Grape Nuts. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Zoe Dawn of Whole Eats & Whole Treats.

This was so much better than grape nuts from the store. It had a better texture and the flavor was fabulous. Thank you so much to Zoe Dawn’s for this homemade breakfast cereal idea!

 
 

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Grape Nuts

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Mmmm. Everything you want in a breakfast cereal: crunchy, hearty, lightly sweet, and healthy! The cook time is long but for the most part, you don’t have to do much to it.

Ingredients

  • 4-½ cups Sprouted Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • ½ cups Scant, Light Brown Sugar
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cups Molasses
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • ½ cups Butter, Melted

Preparation Instructions

Mix the dry ingredients together. Stir in the wet ingredients. Spread in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Bake at 350ºF for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Cut the cake into squares and crumble with your fingers. If you prefer a finer, less chunky grape nut, grate the squares on a cheese grater. Put the crumbles onto two large baking sheets with sides. Bake at 275ºF, stirring every 15 minutes, for a total of 60 to 90 minutes, or until grape nuts are dry. The timing will depend on the size of your little pieces. Cool on the baking sheets and then transfer to jars for storage. Will keep for several weeks. I’m sure they would freeze, too, if you want to try it.

Yield: about 3 quarts, depending on the size of your grape nuts.

 
 
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There’s so much to say about Georgia, we don’t know where to start. Leaving Wall Street for the French Culinary Institute, followed by a stint at the Gramercy Tavern and La Chassagnette in France, her passion for food and food traditions are evident and inspiring. Visit her site at Georgia Pellegrini, where you’ll find more recipes, photos, learn all about her wonderful books Girl Hunter and Food Heroes, and enjoy her latest adventures.

 
 

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen on 5.24.2012

I can’t wait to try this, my boys love grapenuts. Thanks for bringing it to our attention Georgia!

ChrisofDan on 5.16.2012

Alison, thanks for the post about making it GF. I too must cook that way these days. So, I’ll try it. Years ago, I used to make grape nuts from an old amish recipe, which was real good using the whole wheat so I’ll be anxious to compare the two!

alison on 5.16.2012

I made a gluten free version (one bag of Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all-purpose flour) – batter was very cake batter-like, not crumbly and lumpy like yours, i got worried but carried on. I made my own buttermilk, added a tad more salt, and used coconut oil instead of butter. It made a lot more than 3 quarts, but was a success. A recipe like this you can really add or substitute things as you go. I also drizzled honey over the crumbles as I dried it out to add a little more sweetness. Delicious. Just wanted to thank you for the recipe, I looked at Gluten Free versions of this recipe but this one is the best. Thank you!!!!!

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zoedawn on 5.15.2012

Alicia C – I have never tried using white flour in this recipe. I’d imagine it would really change the taste. Whole wheat flour really does have a certain “nutty” flavor to it and that’s sort of the point of grape nuts :) I’d love to hear about the results if you give it a shot with all purpose flour but I’d encourage you to purchase some whole wheat flour if you can. It’s much more nutritious and will keep you full longer :)

Sandi ~ Love From Cape Cod ~etsy on 5.15.2012

mmmm…mmmm. This looks heavenly… yummy… declious… and heatlhy :)

Tricia in Washington on 5.15.2012

It looks yummy, I can’t wait to try it!!

Erica S. on 5.15.2012

Oh yum, this looks like it would be so much fun to snack on! How fun to have a homemade version for this cereal!

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Lauren's Latest on 5.15.2012

Oh yum! We love grapenuts at our house! Totally trying this!

AliciaC on 5.14.2012

YUM YUM YUM! I never even knew you could do this? (although why not, right?) But do I really REALLY need the whole wheat flour? I would love a recipe where I already have all the ingredients at home…

anyone?

Erica Lea | Cooking for Seven on 5.14.2012

This is so awesome! I’ve been meaning to try this for a while. Reuben loves grape nuts. :D

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zoedawn on 5.14.2012

Jazzmom, I make my own sprouted flour. I buy soft winter wheat from my neighbor (you can get it at bulk food stores or order it online). Then I soak the wheat in water for 12 hours, drain it, and let it sit until I just start to see little white sprouts starting to grow. Then I dry it (in my food dehydrator). From there, I grind it in to flour. Once ground up, it should be stored in the fridge or freezer if not being used immediately. I usually only grind as much as I need for a particular recipe so I don’t have to store it. The sprouted wheat keeps for a long time in a cool, dry place.

I don’t know that you can buy sprouted flour. At least, I’ve never seen it. You can certainly use regular ww flour for these grape nuts. I prefer sprouted only for health reasons, not for the flavor or outcome of recipes. A lot of grains have something called phytic acid in them that inhibits certain vitamins from being absorbed as well by your body. Sprouting the grains, or soaking them in something acidic (buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, etc), removes some of the phytic acid, thus allowing your body to use more of the vitamins you take in.

Venessa P on 5.14.2012

What is the nutritional content of this per batch? Calories? Just wondering if someone’s already done the math…

Allyn on 5.14.2012

So fun! I guess I’ve never really thought about what goes into grape nuts before.
I tried my hand at making homemade granola bars this weekend to outstanding results: http://lollingabout.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/weekend-update-granola-bars/
Hooray for homemade breakfasts!

Travis Cotton on 5.14.2012

Hmm. I never eaten grape nuts (odd name) but honey bunches of oats seems similar to this (albeit no oats). Might make some for my test subjects (i.e. the kids) :)

jazzmom on 5.14.2012

Ree this recipe sounds delicious! WHere do you get the sprouted ww patry flour?? just curious. will try with the ww flour tho. thanks for posting.

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warmvanillasugar on 5.14.2012

Neat! This would be such a fun project, I love it!