Here's a great way to make healthy cereal a snack- try baking it in a loaf of bread. You can use several different types of hardier cereals, like bran, Kashi or granola. I opted for the latter because we had a box of pumpkin flax granola on hand. It adds more nutrients to an otherwise whole wheat loaf and makes for a tasty, satisfying snack.
I also made this bread dairy-free because my little guy can't tolerate any milk products. Bakers out there will note that I made a dairy-free sour milk (essentially just mixing lemon juice into your liquids), but if you don't have kids with dairy issues than you can use buttermilk instead. I think that any milk will do, but soy or almond help add a little more flavor to the bread.
I also added chia seeds to make this bread a little more calcium rich. But they are completely optional so if you don't have them that's totally OK. I just always have a bag handy because they are a great source of both omega-3 fatty acids and calcium (6% of your daily calcium intake is packed into just one tablespoon of chia seeds!). I think that the real stars of this recipe are the coconut and the molasses- they add a lot of flavor to this super healthy and yet really tasty bread. We devoured the loaf pretty quickly, but like most quick sweet breads it actually tastes better if you let it sit overnight so the flavors can meld together. Regardless of your family's patience level, this bread is a great morning snack. Enjoy!
Coconut granola bread
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Makes: 1 two pound loaf
1 1/2 cups granola
1/4 cup chia seeds: optional nutrient boost
1 cup soy, almond or coconut milk
juice from half a lemon
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry four
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan.
In a medium bowl combine cereal, chia seeds, milk, lemon, molasses and syrup. Let sit for at least five minutes so that the granola and chia seeds soften.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, coconut, baking soda and salt. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
Pour the mix into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and refrigerate overnight before serving, if your kiddos can wait.