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Cherrio squares

November 1, 2010

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I look for sales when grocery shopping (especially in Australia) and brand name labels mean diddly squat!  The girls however insist that peanut butter should be Kraft, bread should be Wonder bread and most importantly Cereal should be Kellogg.  Of course, they don’t pay the grocery bill so I got my clever self a big plastic container, dumped in the no name stuff and quickly got rid of the evidence to the recycle bin and silently gloated every morning while they chomped on the cheap stuff.

That was until the Apple cinnamon Cheerios gave it away.  Apparently this stuff tasted like cardboard with sugar on it to which their dislike of, quiet frankly, surprises me.  In any case, busted! But I’m no push over so I let it sit there for a whole week and refused to buy anymore until it was eaten.  Instead I made them some home-made bread.   So there.

Well I’m not throwing $7 worth of cereal away (uh huh, that’s what I said) so I made some squares that hopefully they’ll eat in their lunch and if they don’t then I know a certain guy that definitely will!

3/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup  canola oil (or other healthy oil)

1 cup honey

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup splenda

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup water

2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oat bran

1 cup wheat bran

8 cups apple cinnamon Cheerios

1 cup chopped dark chocolate

Add all of your wet ingredients into a large bowl and beat until smooth.  Add all other ingredients and stir just until mixed.  Place the mixture into a large rectangular baking pan (ungreased) and bake at 350 degrees until lightly brown and firm to the touch.  Remove from the oven and cut into squares.   Beware! this makes a lot and freezes well but you can 1/2 the recipe no problem.

My girls are in high school now so thankfully I can add peanuts to their lunch again but for those of you who can’t, you can omit the peanut butter here and add apple sauce, Nutella, more honey or another egg.

I had my first visitor from Canada this weekend.  My friend Jenn Frick from Edmonton was on a 3 week tour in Australia and fortunately we were able to meet up in Sidney for a little shopping and lunch before she made the long trip home.  It was great seeing her and in the next few days I will be dedicating some non dairy recipes to Jen as she is seriously allergic to all dairy.   We’ve all become somewhat familiar with the dangers of peanut allergies but did you know many people experience the same dangerous symptoms with anything dairy including butter, yogurt, bread (most commercial breads, desserts and cereals contain dried milk products) and Whey?.   Unlike those who deal with lactose intolerance, dairy allergies need complete avoidance which can be a real challenge in everyday life.       Jen, I loved seeing you and hopefully your 28 hour trip home wasn’t too painful!


Are there any name brands you refuse to give up?












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