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Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (Turned Homemade Cinnamon Graham Cracker Snack)

So, I follow Brit & Co on Facebook and recently they posted this: http://www.brit.co/homemade-cereal/ and of course I feel the need to make them all. I love cereal. So, I decided to start out today with the Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It turned out delicious. Except that my crunchy squares were more like thick crackers. But, still delicious.

Here’s the recipe taken from http://www.halfbakedharvest.com :

COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR

YIELD: 5 TO 6 CUPS OF CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or you can sub room temp. butter), divided
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/8 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Line two baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a food processor add the whole wheat flour, flour, baking soda and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Then add in 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup sugar, vanilla and honey. Process until the dough looks like small peas and then add in the buttermilk and process until a dough ball forms. The dough will seem dry and crumbly, but this is fine.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

My brain temporarily stopped working this afternoon. My kitchen is food processor free, and to make up for this I  first tried the blender (fail). Then, I tried our baby food processor (super fail). Finally, I had that duh moment and used an easy-to-use, typical mixer. No fanciness here :(

My brain temporarily stopped working this afternoon. My kitchen is food processor free, and to make up for this I first tried the blender (fail). Then, I tried our baby food processor (super fail). Finally, I had that duh moment and used an easy-to-use, typical mixer. No fanciness here 😦

4. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and pinch any crumbles of dough together with your hands. Divide the dough into two flat disks. Working with one piece of dough at a time place a piece of wax papper over the dough and roll the dough as thin as you can, no thicker than 1/4 inch thick, but preferably an 1/8 inch thick (about the thickeness of a quarter). Remove the top piece of parchment paper.

5. In a small bowl combine the 1/8 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon. In another bowl melt the remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in the microwave. Brush the whole sheet of dough with the melted coconut oil and then generously sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

This dough fought against my rolling pin with almighty strength. I could not get it to 1/8" as suggested...my main problem right here.

This dough fought against my rolling pin with almighty strength. I could not get it to 1/8″ as suggested…my main problem right here.

6. With a pastry cutter, pizza cutter or very sharp knife, even the edges of the rectangle. Slice into pieces, about 1/2 inch squares. Pierce each square carefully 2 or 3 with a fork. Use a very thin spatula and scrape the squares off the counter and then carefully use your hands to place the squares on the prepared baking sheets.

7. Repeat with the remaining dough until all the dough has been used.

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My next batch was much more uniform, although just as thick.

My next batch was much more uniform, although just as thick.

8. Bake for 9 to 13 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.

9. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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Finished!! I tried to eat them with Vanilla Almond Milk and it was delicious, but a little too thick for a cereal. So, this batch is gonna just be a yummy healthy snack for my little one. I am going to try this again and battle the dough again and try to get it perfect…fingers crossed.

Here is the comparison of Tieghan’s from Half Baked Harvest and mine:

Thin, crunchy perfection. HOW?!

Thin, crunchy perfection. HOW?!

Mine, thick and not very crunchy. Yummy still. But, sooo not as yummy as her's looks.

Mine, thick and not very crunchy. Yummy still. But, sooo not as yummy as her’s looks.

So there we have it. I will be revisiting this one. And, probably trying and failing all of the homemade cereals on the Brit&Co list!

xo,

Simone

P.S.- Here is the original Half Baked Harvest link 🙂

http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-cinnamon-toast-crunch/

 

 

 

 

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My Grandparents Mint Kitchen

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My Grandparents Mint Kitchen

Hi! I am Simone and this is my grandparents kitchen. It is mint. It is beautiful. It is home. This is the inspiration behind this blog: mint, vintage and love. I grew up in this kitchen watching my grandparents cook, eating so much food, and sitting around the table with my family just enjoying being together. I have vowed to one day paint mine the same color. Until that day comes (like one day when I have my own perfect mid century house that I can do whatever I want to, lol), I’ll be working on all my smaller DIY projects and this is a space for just that. Goal is to have my own furniture store one day 😀