I am always looking for ways to re-create the foods I love but I know do not love me back. Cereal happens to be one of those foods. I could almost eat it for every meal every day.
I strive to get a high protein breakfast everyday to maximize how my body will metabolize throughout the day. While my second favorite breakfast is eggs, I do like to switch it up.
I decided to experiment a bit with making some cereal out of a foods that are high in protien and do not cost a fortune: Lentils and Sunflower seeds. Lentils have 18g of protien per cup and sunflower seeds have 29g protien per cup. WOW, and both are very inexpensive! Put these two together with some added flavor and you have a healthy, high protien, high fiber power meal.
The thought of eating lentils for many, as I find, is not appetizing. Even more so for a cereal. Adding flavor is key. In this recipe, I used cinnamon, coconut, dates and syrup for flavor. Go light on the syrup, honey, agave, whatever you use. It serves 2 functions: crispiness and flavor.
Power Cereal Recipe
Starting with cooked lentils, place oven on broil setting. This cranks up the heat at the top of the oven. It also makes it very easy to burn things. I am rather impaitent, so I prefer the broil setting for this versus a long drawn out wait at a low heat setting. The goal here is to dry out the cooked lentils. They are wet and we need to get them to a crispy state. Spread cooked lentils in a baking pan and place in the oven. Stir them frequently, every 5 min or so. It could take 15-20 min on a broil setting to dry them out. Check often, they will burn fast.
Once dried, add remaining ingredients to the baking dish and stir well to ensure that all ingredients are coated in the syrup of choice. Place back into oven and watch carefully. On a broil setting, this is the time when burning is most likely to happen. Stir every 1 -2 minutes. You will notice that the cereal will become more and more crisp. Once you have reached your desired texture, remove and let the cereal cool in open air for at least an hour. You want this 100% cooled before storing in a container or it will condensate and you will not have a crisp cereal.
That is all there is too it! Sure, it is not as easy as going to the store and picking up a box of cereal, but is sure is 1000 times better for you and cost quite a bit less per unit.
What are your thoughts on this recipe?
Khyrunnessa Rabbani - I am perfectly imperfect! Passionate believer if you love your body and yourself and the rest will fall into place.