Tuesday, June 7, 2011

If you can't beat 'em Part Deux

I sense "If you can't beat 'em" becoming a recurring theme here at BMM, yes?

Probably not - I have a mind like a sieve and will most likely forget and never do another one again.

But it surely, it is a good idea.

Anyway, another area in which I am trying (with a wee bit of success) to outsmart my three year old is in the area of nutrition.

The Big Boy is currently subsisting on: milk, cereal, grapes, baked beans, fairy dust, sunshine, pool water, and air.

His consumption of cereal is phenomenally large, and posed a challenge. High quality cereal is prohibitively expensive, and affordable (cheap) cereal is a nutritional wasteland.

What's a mama to do?

Why improvise of course!

The Big Boy loves cereal with little bits of granola, so I cooked up a big batch of of sweet-yet-secretly-healthy granola and mixed it with some Wheaties.

Yummy and secretly nutritious!

The Big Boy is not a fan of nuts or seeds, so I searched and tweaked until I came up with a nut-and-seed-free granola.

Here's the recipe: 

4 cups oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the wet ingredients in the bottom of a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly distributed (I found getting in there with my hands to work best here).
Spread the mixture onto a non-stick cookie sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes. Stir the mixture every 20 minutes to ensure even browning.
Allow to cool on the cookie sheet, then store in an airtight container.

Sneaky mama scores one for the team!


  1. Sounds delish & I'm sure our little cereal enthusiast (who also has a nut allergy) would love this! Thanks for a new recipe!

  2. LOL, I've been sneaky as well! I'm impressed yours likes baked beans.

  3. Oh dear - well, maybe the pool water has some vitamins from the chlorine? Sounds like a yummy recipe :)

  4. Whhohooo! Nice to get a win I'm sure.. and I have to admit I may mix up a batch just for myself. Sounds yummy!