Make-Ahead Puffed Rice Cereal

My fridge and pantry are stocked with a few ‘staple’ store-bought foods for those times when I don’t have the time or energy to cook…or when the kids just don’t like what I’ve prepared (Yes, it does happen-especially lately with my all-of-the-sudden finicky toddler)!

One of those prepackaged foods are Cheerios. They’re easy for little hands to grab and always seem to be that go-to ‘meal’ when my son doesn’t like what I’ve prepared and there’s no way I’m making him something else I don’t have time to make him something else, and let’s not forget that they’re ‘healthy’ (that is, until I recently found out they contain GMO’s!).

In light of this recent ‘discovery’ I decided to create a healthy recipe for homemade cereal that both my 13 month old and my 2 1/2 year old can enjoy (i.e., with or without milk). I took some inspiration from one of my usual breakfasts, my Coconut Carob Puffed Rice Bars.

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These are deliciously sweet (or chemical-tasting, like most sugary store-bought cereals), crunchy, easy to grab, perfect with a splash of cold milk, or warmed through for a twist on hot cereal or oatmeal.

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My kids loved these and I loved that they are all-natural, healthy, and made with love and care…not packed with GMO’s, stuffed into a box and sold on a million grocery store shelves across the country!

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Ingredients
(Yields 2 cups)
1 tbs. extra- virgin coconut oil
2 tbs. almond butter or nut butter of choice
3 tbs. raw honey (maple syrup or agave)
2 cups puffed rice
*Try one of these add-ons: flax seed, chia seed, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, crumbled nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, oats.

In a medium frying pan, heat coconut oil, honey and almond butter on low heat until melted. Stir to combine until smooth.

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Turn off the heat then add the puffed rice. Mix with a large wooden spoon or spatula or until the puffed rice is completely coated.

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Immediately remove from the heat. Serve warm alone or with your choice of milk for a hearty, healthy breakfast.

Store in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 3 weeks.

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  • monica

    The is so great Lisa – especially with all the GMO’s in store bought cereals. You continue to inspire me!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks…I’m still annoyed with myself that I was giving my kids cereal packed with GMO’s and didn’t do my research!

  • Nicole Hammond

    I was so sick of my kids constantly eating Cheerios for a snack. This is a great idea! And my kids approve too :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Me too…and I think these taste way better than Cheerios! (My children have never had any other cereal, lol!). Glad the kids like it…and thanks for the feedback!