Giving up boxed breakfast cereal from the store is without a doubt one of the hardest tasks to accomplish after a Traditional Diet is adopted. I was the Boxed Breakfast Cereal Queen before opting to get off the processed food train some years ago. I would eat organic cereal morning, noon, and night. I particularly loved having a bowl before going to bed in the evening.
Can you believe I actually thought this practice was good for me?
Unfortunately, I learned that my boxed breakfast cereal habit, even though it was organic cereal, was far from healthy.
The problem is not with the ingredients themselves, which are simple and seem “whole” enough in the case of organic cereal. The unhealthy aspect of boxed cereal is due to the violent processing required to manufacture it.
Factory Processing Destroys Cereal Grain Proteins
This factory driven process, called extrusion, applies so much heat and pressure to the cereal grains that they actually liquify. This slurry allows the grains to be quickly and easily shaped into the puffs, flakes, and other shapes that make each cereal distinct.
The manufacturing process used to make boxed cereal is so violent and denaturing that the proteins in the grains are actually rendered toxic and allergenic as a result. This is why whole grain boxed breakfast cereal is shockingly even more toxic than cheap boxed cereals made with white flour – because whole grains are higher in protein. The more protein, the more toxic the boxed cereal.
What’s a traditional eating family to do?
The good news is that unhealthy versions of processed foods like boxed breakfast cereal can usually be replicated at home using simple preparation techniques which do not denature the food or add toxins like what happens in a factory.
Boxed breakfast cereal is no exception. It is very possible to make tasty and healthy cold breakfast cereal yourself – I’ve posted articles and videos in the past about how to do this:
- Click here for a wheat or spelt based homemade cold breakfast cereal recipe.
- Click here for a gluten free homemade breakfast cereal from the Coconut Mama who took my basic cold cereal recipe above and made it with sprouted brown rice.
- Click here for two grain free cold breakfast cereal recipes.
In this article, I add my own gluten free cereal recipe to the mix: corn flakes!
Wait a Minute! Is Corn Healthy?
Some of you may be thinking – corn? No way. How is corn healthy?
Corn really does have a bad rap these days, doesn’t it?
The fact is that corn is a traditional food, particularly in my area of the country. The Indian tribes native to Florida ate a soaked corn gruel as a primary staple food. It sustained them well. They remained strong and vital on their native diet and were able to withstand battle after battle with the United States army and were never defeated. In 1957, the federal government officially recognized the sovereign rights of the Seminole tribe of Florida.
So corn itself is not the problem. What is unhealthy is genetically modified corn or corn that is violently processed creating franken foods like high fructose corn syrup and other additives included in supermarket foods.
Once you realize that corn is fine to eat when properly and traditionally prepared (unless you have an allergy to it) and that it is processed and genetically modified corn that is the real problem, then you are free to enjoy this delicious traditional food!
Corn flakes cereal in particular is so yummy – it was always one of my favorites in my boxed breakfast cereal eating days.
In a burst of crazy and wild experimenting in my home one afternoon recently, I came up with this recipe for homemade corn flakes cereal. My kids went nuts and so did I!
These homemade corn flakes taste just like the boxed corn flakes from the store, but this version is actually healthy and very filling!
What is also amazing about this recipe is that it is so filling and satisfying. Just the small bowl you see in the picture above is plenty enough for breakfast or a snack. This compares with the several much larger bowls of processed corn flakes that don’t seem to fill you up that well and you are hungry again a short time later. Such is the overeating that occurs when one eats processed foods devoid of nutrients.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family!
Homemade Corn Flakes Cereal
In a large skillet, melt enough expeller pressed coconut oil so that the oil is about an inch deep. Heat the oil to 300-325F, being careful not to let the temperature rise above 350F – 375F as this is the smokepoint of coconut oil. Free radicals begin to form in the oil if you exceed the smokepoint.
You can check the temperature using a frying thermometer or just keep the tortillas to a light sizzle as they are frying and you will know that you are in the safe temperature range.
Place several tortillas at a time into the heated oil. Fry until light brown. This will happen very fast – only a minute or so!
Remove fried tortillas from the oil with stainless steel tongs and place on plates covered with an unbleached white towel. Very lightly sprinkle with sea salt.
Continue the process until all 24 tortillas are fried.
When the tortillas are cool to the touch on the towel lined plates, break each of them up into small, bite sized pieces.
Serve immediately in a bowl with whole raw milk and a bit of whole sweetener or fruit. Store the remaining cereal in a half gallon glass mason jar as shown in the picture or some other airtight container.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist