2017-06-28 / Entertainment

Take ‘bowl’ of cereal with you


This photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows onthe go cereal balls in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP) This photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows onthe go cereal balls in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP) The savior of anyone who sometimes oversleeps is this recipe for On-the-Go Cereal Balls and here’s why: One, they are yummy. Two, they are easy to make (no cooking!). And three, you can make them as healthy — or not — as you like.

All of the ingredients in this recipe, from the cereal to the nut butter to the dried fruit, can be picked up at any market. They can also be easily boxed up in a care package with the recipe included, plus a little note from home. Except for the powdered milk (which is cheap and easy to find), the ingredients are probably already in your college kid’s dorm room, so they have no excuse — though they’ll sure try to find one right?

Prepared quickly by hand in a bowl (or discarded pizza box, if we’re being realistic), these cereal balls can be ready in a matter of minutes and will hold all week, ready to grab on the way out the door. Using whole grain cereal and lightly sweetened nut butters, they hit that sweet spot our kids so often crave at breakfast, but still offer the proteins and carbohydrates they need to power them through a busy morning.

And the flavor combinations are limited only to your family’s preferences, like honey-nut cereal with almond butter and dried cranberries, or cinnamon flavored cereal with cashew butter and dried cherries, or homemade granola and chocolate-hazelnut. There’s no end to the combinations.

If you’re facing food allergies, don’t despair. This recipe from The Culinary Institute of America can be made using gluten-free cereals, and the nut butters can include sunflower seed butter or even tahini, made from sesame seeds. And if dairy is an issue, you can omit the milk powder for slightly different results. This ingredient helps to bind the whole mixture together, so you might find that you need to add a bit more honey or nut butter, in that case. Always remember to check the ingredient list in your prepared foods for hidden allergens, too.

And since little kids are just pre-19-year-olds, this recipe is tailor-made for them as well, as they head back to school. You can size the balls up or down, depending on your little one’s appetite, making them the perfect hand-held treat. Wrap them in parchment paper before you hop in the car to help keep that backseat free of sticky fingers, if such a thing is even possible.

ON-THE-GO
CEREAL BALLS
Servings: 6
Start to finish: 5 minutes
3 cups of your favorite
cereal
3/4 cup peanut butter or
other nut butter
3/4 cup nonfat powdered
milk (see Chef’s Note)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped dried
fruit (optional)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Lightly crush the cereal
in a medium bowl, and
then add the peanut butter, powdered milk, honey,
dried fruit (if using), and
vanilla. Mix until the cereal
is evenly coated.
Use your hands to shape
the mixture into 6 balls. Eat
right away, or refrigerate,
covered, until ready to eat.
Chef’s Note: Powdered
milk is made by dehydrating
(removing the water from)
liquid milk. This form of
milk has many uses, but in a
recipe like this, it helps hold
all of the pieces together.
You can find powdered milk
at your grocery store.

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Nutrition information
per serving: 379 calories; 161
calories from fat; 18 g fat (2
g saturated; 0 g trans fats);
2 mg cholesterol; 228 mg
sodium; 50 g carbohydrate;
4 g fiber; 34 g sugar; 11 g
protein.

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This article was provided
to The Associated Press by
The Culinary Institute of
America in Hyde Park, NY.

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