Want breakfast ready the moment you wake up? This is the recipe for you. Be warned that the measurements I’m listing here make A LOT of cereal. This recipe makes enough to feed seven mouths in our house plus enough left overs to use in my bread recipe. Yes, it adds a bit of sweetness to the bread, but that just makes it perfect for toasting. (The fruit and raisins mostly dissolve after the sponge so you’re not left with chunks of apples and raisins in your bread.)

Let’s get started.

You will need:

5 C of water
2 C of nine grain cereal
(You can use a 7-grain or plain, cracked wheat, or your own mix. You can even try a cup of brown rice here for variety just keep the grain to water ratio the same.)
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 Cup of applesauce + 1/4 C of water OR 1 C of unsweetened apple juice
1/4 C of dried cranberries or craisins
1/4 C of raisins
1/4 C of maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Chopped walnuts for garnish.
1/4 C of dried apricots, chopped would be good in here, too.

How to Make It:

Place all the ingredients into a 4 or 5 qt. slow cooker. Yes, those are big chunks of apples, and yes, I was in a hurry. Nursing babies cry at night if their moms take too long to put them to bed.

(I tried using my large 7 quart slow cooker but the cereal ended up dry around the edges so I finally gave in and bought a 4 qt. slow cooker. Actually, I bought a 2 qt. slow cooker, got home, realized it was too small, and ran back to the store to exchange it for the 4 qt slow cooker. Learn from my mistakes.)

Stir until all ingredients are well blended.
 Cook the cereal on low for 8 hours or until the fruit has softened.

Sprinkle each individual serving with chopped walnuts. You can eat it like this OR

Serve with milk. Enjoy!

P.S. The leftovers are also very good reheated in the microwave for breakfast the next day. I love instant breakfast.

9-Grain Fruit & Nut Cereal for the Slow Cooker

5 C of water
2 C of nine grain cereal
(You can use a 7-grain or plain, cracked wheat, or your own mix. You can even try a cup of brown rice here for variety just keep the grain to water ratio the same.)
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1 Cup of applesauce + 1/4 C of water OR 1 C of unsweetened apple juice
1/4 C of dried cranberries or craisins
1/4 C of raisins
1/4 C of maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Chopped walnuts for garnish.
1/4 C of dried chopped, apricots would be good in here too. Use your favorite dried fruits and nuts.

Place all the ingredients into a 4 or 5 qt. slow cooker. 
Stir until all ingredients are well blended.
 Cook the cereal on low for 8 hours or until the fruit has softened. Makes 6 generous servings.

 

5 Response Comments

  • Jenni K. H.  March 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing. It’s been a while since I’ve done overnight slow cooker cereal — probably the same period since breaking my round cooker and replacing it with a bigger oval one. It hadn’t occurred to me that was why it was drier. I’ll have to try again! I love your scalloped bowl.

  • me  March 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Kate:

    I saw your comment over at LDS publisher and when you mentioned that your MS had been accepted for publication, I jumped out of my chair. Yipee. That is wonderful.

    I’m the goofy author who sometime last year tried to give you a bunch of advice by analyzing your writing. Now you can analyze mine. You’re a published (or soon to be) author. Well done.

  • Kate  March 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hi again! Thanks. I really appreciate all the advice you gave me. I’m still thinking about it. The other day I watched a movie where the ending was foreshadowed in the opening scene and I remembered you asking me if I had done that. I hadn’t, but seeing it done so well in this movie made me begin thinking (again) how I could do that with my book.

    Thanks so much for all your insight and time.

  • me again  March 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m just really happy for you. This is wonderful.

    I noticed that you mentioned Dan Wells LUTE presentation, so I followed the link to his powerpoint slides. Did you notice that a good portion of his presentation was about “knowing where you are going” or in other words, knowing the end from the beginning? He talks a lot about knowing how your story will end so that you can then figure our your HOOK at the start, and you can also figure out the plots twists and the “pinches” along the way. Go back and look at that, especially when he does a quickie summary of ROMANCE and you’ll notice he’s saying the same thing I was talking about. The need to know where you’re going before you start.

    When do you have to have your MS finished and turned in to them? When is the publication date? What is the title? What is the story about? What is the genre? Is it the same story that we talked about last year? Who is your editor? I have to submit my MS for publication next Monday, April 4th. What in the world am I doing writing anything but on my MS? You really should leave me alone. HAHAHAHAH!

  • Kate  March 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Yes, I noticed Dan Wells pointed out the need to know where you’re going before you start just like you told me.

    My book is titled Falling Awake and is scheduled for release in early 2012. It is the same story you were critiquing. As for genre, I submitted it as a romance with a dash of suspense. The outside reader feedback suggested I have more of a bad guy presence throughout so it may end up more of a romantic suspense. I’ll have to see what my editor says. My editor is Kirk Shaw which I’m pretty excited about.

    Is this April 4th deadline the final before publication? Good luck and I’ll stop bothering you so you can work. Thanks for stopping by.