Happy National Cereal Day! Celebrate by diving spoon-first into your favorite cereal bowl. ..did you even know that March 7th 2011 is indeed a day for celebrating cereal? My first thought was: how silly. But I eventually came around to the idea of cereal celebration. I mean really, who doesn’t love a big bowl of cereal? Holiday: approved.
Although, I’m not really sure if we are celebrating hot or cold cereal. Healthy or sugary. Fiber-packed or food-coloring filled. Boxed cereal or whole cereal grains. But I do know one thing. The only way to celebrate National Cereal Day is with my favorite bowl of cereal…
We don’t really know the significance of March 7th… “This holiday is intended to commemorate the anniversary of the invention of corn flakes by William and John Kellogg in 1897. While the product they labeled Sanitas Toasted Corn Flakes was introduced at their Battle Creek Sanitarium around this time (most likely in 1898), there is no verification to the significance of March 7.” – National Cereal Day March 7th, Mr. Breakfast
I’ll share my perfect cereal recipe with you…
My favorite cold cereal bowl is what I like to call my Puffed Berry Bowl. I’ve been preparing this concoction for years now. It really works best in the late spring and summer when fresh berries are in season (local options) and more reasonably priced. But really, you can make this year-round if you can find fresh berries.
This bowl is packed with fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, protein from the milk and nuts and plenty of sweet maple-berry flavor. It taste like a fluffy cloud of berry bliss.
The story of how this recipe came to be is actually quite funny. It was inspired by (of all things) Lucky Charms, Kix and Pops cereals. My favorite cold cereals as a kid. Really my favorite thing about these cereals was the combo of fluffy and sweet. Puffed marshmallow, glazed puffed corn, crunchy light as air crisps. So cravable. So I decided to do a healthier version of puffed-sweet cereal. Here is what came out!
Puffed kamut, berries, vanilla soy milk and healthy raw nuts – all drizzled in Grade B Maple Syrup. (Grade A vs. Grade B Maple Syrup info here)
Puffed Berry Bowl
1 1/2 cups puffed grain cereal, unsweetened
*My faves are Kamut or a blend of grains like unsweetened Kashi
1 cup mixed summer berries
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
1-2 tsp maple syrup, drizzled on top (Grade B is my preference for its rich deep color)
dash of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
Pour into a big bowl. Enjoy!