My favorite homemade flake cereal is so easy to make and the nutritional stats are amazing. It has almost 20% of your daily fiber in one serving, low calorie, and high protein, it’s a perfect way to start off your day! I slice a banana on top and pour skim milk over.
Almond Bran Flakes
Makes 8 (3/4 cup) servings
2/3 cup almonds
1 cup wheat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 Tbs sugar, white or brown
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt (only IF the almonds were not salted)
1/2 tsp vanilla (or 1/8 tsp almond extract)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 + 2/3 cups almond milk
Put almonds in food processor and turn on until made into almond flour. Don’t do it too long, we don’t want almond butter. Add the bran and swirl it around until its ground up finely as well.
Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Split batter between 2 silpat lined baking sheets. Use the back of a spoon and smooth the batter out as thin as you can get it. We are making a flake, so it needs to be thin.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. It should now be a really thin leathery type cracker. The edges will probably be crunchy. Take them out of the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
Break the “crackers” up into roughly 1 inch pieces. Don’t worry about shape or size conformity, just break it up. Place back on silpat and bake for another 10 minutes. Check to see if they are crunchy. If so, take them out. If not, give them a stir and put back in for another 5-10 minutes. Repeat if necessary until they are slightly browned in color.
They will continue to harden up and get crunchier as they cool so don’t worry about them being super crunchy right from the oven.
*If you want a higher protein cereal, use wheat GERM instead of BRAN. I couldn’t tell the difference taste wise. Also use cow’s milk instead of almond milk. This will result in almost 10 g protein per serving. This is very high for a cereal without all the various soy protein derivatives, etc. So 2 servings of cereal topped with 1 cup skim milk is roughly 28 g protein. That’s pretty amazing for a cereal! Comfort food of cereal with protein from real food, not chemically protein powders.
* additional add ins and variations:
1.) Add 2 Tablespoons flax seeds into the batter right before placing on baking sheets
2.) Substitute 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon (tis the season, yay!)
3.) substitute maple extract instead of vanilla
4.) Substitute pecans, walnuts, or peanuts instead of almonds.
5.) Add 1/3 cup raisins for a nutty raisin bran
Sodium: 74 mg (3%)
Carbohydrates: 23 g
Dietary fiber: 5 g (18%)
Sugars: 5 g
Protein: 5 g