There is nothing quite like cereal for breakfast. It seems that most households take the cereal route when they are trying to find something nutritious and good for you to start the day. In our house, Grace always seems to move towards the Cheerios, Cookie Crisps or similar with the occasional change to toast or eggs or eggs and toast!
Nestle do have a fantastic variety of cereals which includes Shredded Wheat, Cheerios and Curiously Cinnamon (which I am rather fond of). They sent us a lovely package and set us a challenge. To get all Blue Peter-like and come up with a recipe or two to see what else we can do with their range apart from add milk.
We decided that we wanted to do a bit of a chewy, nutty breakfast bar, so here is what we came up with.
- 6 cups Curiously Cinnamon cereal
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- Half a cup walnuts - or any other nut of your choice
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 and a half teaspoons salt
- 6 ozs good quality chocolate
- Grease the bottom and sides of a baking tin.
- Place the cereal and nuts in a bowl and mix together
- Stir together the sugar and syrup in a pan over a medium heat. Bring to the boil for a minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla essence and salt. Stir until this is all combined.
- Pour the mixture over the cereal and nuts and mix together using a spoon or well-greased hands taking care to ensure that the mixture is not too hot.
- Stir until the cereal and nuts are completely coated.
- Pour the mixture in the greased tin and press down, taking care not to crush the cereal.
- Let this cool at room temperature or, to speed up the process, put it into the fridge for around 20 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate and zig-zag over the top of the bars to decorate using a piping bag or spoon.
- Cut into slices and remove.
- The bars can be stored at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 3 days - or slightly longer in the fridge.
- The Nestlé breakfast cereal brands that are likely to be in your kitchen cupboard (Shredded Wheat, Shreddies, Cheerios, Cookie Crisp, Curiously Cinnamon and more) are all made by Cereal Partners UK, with an aim to provide high quality, great tasting, healthy cereals.
- A recent survey by Nestlé Cereals found that if given the choice, children are most likely to choose cereal for breakfast. At only 26p per bowl*, including milk, Nestlé Cereals are packed with whole grain and other essentials to provide a great start to the day.
- Whole grains are grains that contain all three edible parts; the germ, endosperm and the bran. Together, they provide a range of vitamins, minerals, fibre, starch and other nutrients, contributing to a varied, balanced diet.
- Experts recommend we eat at least three servings of whole grain a day**, and breakfast is the ideal time for you and your family to get some whole grain into your diet. Nestlé Cereals has used its packaging to make it easier for parents to spot which cereals contain whole grain. If you see the green banner across the top of a cereal box on the shelf, you know you’re looking at a Nestlé Cereal, making sure the whole family gets a nutritious start to the day and giving you peace of mind.
- Along with wholegrain you can also be sure that all fortified Nestlé Cereals also contain at least six vitamins and minerals. Cheerios, for example, are a great way to make sure your family is getting a source of calcium and vitamin D in the morning, while Shreddies provide a good source of iron. The recipe for Shredded Wheat hasn’t changed since it was created in 1893! It’s made with 100% whole grain and has no added sugar or salt.
- Breakfast cereals contribute about 5% of the average adult daily intake of added sugars and 8% for children.
- Most breakfast cereals today contain small amounts of salt per portion, on average contributing a very small proportion of salt in the diet at only 2%.
Over on kidGLloves, Lucas also came up with his take on the challenge and you can read his post here.
Disclosure: Nestle sent us all the cereals you can see in the photo at the top of this post. Please note that all words, opinions and images are our own and have not been influenced in any way.