When we decided to make the transition to a REAL FOOD lifestyle, we also decided that cold cereal would be among the first things to be eliminated. I actually had someone ask me, in a very shocked and dismayed voice, “What will the kids eat for breakfast?!?” To me the answer was simple, REAL FOOD. What nutritional benefit is there from highly process, fructose packed, falsely fortified cold cereal? Not much. It’s a sugar crash waiting to happen.
Our household was no stranger to breakfast foods like: homemade yogurt, fresh fruit, peanut butter and apple slices and hard-boiled eggs. These foods are fast, kids and budget friendly.
If you must have cold cereal in your household, there is hope for a budget friendly REAL FOOD product. Our favorite pick is Puffed Rice.
Be sure to read the label, it should only contain one ingredient: Brown Rice. You can purchase a bag for as little as $1.00 at your local market. If they don’t carry it, ask them to. You can also use the puffed rice to make REAL FOOD rice treats and homemade Clif Bars.
PUFFED RICE TREATS – DR. OZ RECIPE
- 7 C. puffed brown rice
- 1 1/2 C. crunchy organic peanut butter (no sugar or salt)
- 2/3 C. agave nectar
- 1 1/2 TBSP pure vanilla extract
Prepare a 9 x 9 pan by crisscrossing wax paper with a 5 inch overlap on each side.
Pour the puffed rice into a large bowl, set aside. Melt the peanut butter and agave nectar over low heat until liquid. Stir together well then add the vanilla extract. Continue stirring until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Combine the peanut butter mixture with the puffed rice and mix well (until the rice is well coated). Pour into the prepared pan. Fold over the wax paper overhang and press down hard to firm up the treats.
Refrigerate treats for a few hours before cutting into squares.
Recipe created especially for The Dr. Oz Show by food stylist Ulli Stachl
HOMEMADE CLIF BARS
- 1 1/2 C. puffed rice
- 1 C. uncooked quick-cooking oats
- 3 TBSP. ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal or almond meal)
- 1/4 C. finely chopped dried fruit (e.g., raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc.)
- 1/4 C. finely chopped nuts (preferably roasted or toasted)
- 1/3 C. raw honey
- 2 TBSP. agave nectar
- 1/3 C. nut butter (e.g., peanut, almond, cashew)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Optional: 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 C. unsweetened flaked coconut
Combine the cereal, oats, flaxseed meal, dried fruit, and nuts in a large bowl.
Bring the honey, agave nectar, nut butter and vanilla, stirring constantly on low heat until smooth and melty; from heat.
Pour nut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until all dry ingredients are coated (mixture will be stiff). The nut butter mix can be hot at first so check temp and then feel free to let the kids mix and squeeze with their hands in order to incorporate the two mixtures together.
Press mixture firmly into an 8-inch square pan (sprayed with Olive Oil/water mixture) using a large square of wax paper. Use a larger 9 x 12 pan or 1/4 sheet pan if doubling). The kids love to partake in this step as well.
Cool in pan. Cut into whatever size bars are needed in your house.
Wrap bars in wax paper if being eaten soon (they will keep like this for a week or so) or wrap bars tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. If storing in the refrigerator, take out and bring to room temp before eating.
Yields 16 bars.
Recipe from hammertown.com