5/22/07

Homemade Grape Nuts

Back in the 70's people started to eat healthier and a large population of the country went all 'let's get back to nature'. Communes, sharing, living off the land and such. This recipe came out of that era. I found it years and years ago, and I have had it in my files for so long I don't even remember where it first came from! But I do love store bought Grape Nuts, and if I can make them for a fraction of the cost, I think that's a good thing!



Grape Nuts


3 cups graham or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup brown sugar OR 3/4 cup corn syrup
2 cups buttermilk OR sour milk
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch salt

Heat oven to 350º.Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Spread out on 2 large greased jelly roll pans. Bake 30 minutes.

Crumble by one of these methods: While still warm, break into chunks and grate on slaw cutter, or pulse briefly in blender, about a cupful at a time.

Allow to cool thoroughly, then put through food grinder with a coarse plate. Crisp at 250º 20-30 minutes. Store in airtight container.


Option: Omit wheat germ and increase flour by 1/2 cup.



Makes 2-1/2 pounds

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