The Secret Ingredient is........ "Blueberry Muffin" shredded wheat cereal. Please help.
- CapreseStacy Sep 5, 2010 04:46 PM
The kidlet nearly begged for the "Blueberry Muffin" shredded wheat cereal. So I bought a box. As I feared, he liked the idea of this well-marketed gem better than the actual cereal itself. Not lovin' it myself, either. I hate throwing things away, but the odd purple-ish colored, kinda fakey blueberry-flavored icing is the challenge, as I try to think of a way to repurpose it. Ideally, there's a healthy bar cookie, granola bar, or even muffin recipe out there that I could FP the cereal into dust and "hide" it within. Looking for something I could send in the little guy's lunch that he'll never know contains the cereal at which he turned up his nose. I have some frozen blueberries, dried fruits, etc. I could use, too.
Don't want to feed it to Nana's chickens (even though they eat all sorts of castoff food. But who knows what the artificially colored and flavored icing would do to their eggs?) It's headed for the compost pile if I can't find a way to sneak this food into my kid.
Not lunch box material, but how about as crust for French Toast?
OR just mix it into cookie dough batter.
For anyone who is curious...no blueberries to be found in this product...oh, just like Dunkin' Donuts Blueberry donuts...nope, no blueberries there either...CapreseStacy, I would take said box of junk, walk to trash can OR compost pile as you so conscientiously suggest, drop it in.
Val, you're right, it's a pretty compost-worthy purchase. I was under no delusion that there was anything "real" in this cereal besides maybe wheat and sugar. He is allowed to pick something "junky" at the store from time to time (we're not a fast food/processed food family, by and large), and the offending cereal fell into that category, after I had said "no" to Froot Loops, Cocoa Puffs, and Fruity Pebbles.
I'm cracking up right now reading the ingredient list... (at least the first ingredient is "whole grain wheat). After sugar, the next ingredient is "blueberry flavored crunchlets!" For anyone wondering WTH that is, the box tells you what is in "crunchlets." The list is making me feel like Mom of the Year for buying this crap for my kid. Maybe Cocoa Puffs wouldn't have been such a bad choice after all... at least I wouldn't be asking for recipes on CH for ways to use that up. That's a treat that would be history in short order.
noooooo....I've been there and done that for my 3 sons way back when, believe me!...but just since you asked, I just HAD to find out what was in that stuff, LOL...you are NOT a bad mom, come on! Live and learn...that's all there is to it...AND offspring didn't even like it...so there you go...toss it!
I googled up this: http://littlefrugalista.wordpress.com... but I think I'd recomend reducing the sugar, because the blueberry kind is probably sweeter than the "Autumn" flavor. When I was in college, I made a granola with shredded wheat and butter (so heinous!) but I think your son would detect the blue frosting in a granola recipe. I don't think I still remember it, anyway, and I'm pretty sure it's lost, since I moved six times in the first two years after college! Good luck!
Yeah, I'm old school, but I'd make the boy eat it. He wheedled until you caved in and bought it for him. He should learn that there are consequences. At the very least, if he has an allowance deduct the cost of the discarded box, or regard it as an obligation he must in some way repay. You could probably mix it with peanut butter and make balls for the birds and squirrels this winter.
Grey, I like the "obligation he must repay" route. Since he's only 5, he doesn't get a formal allowance yet, but I think extra chores may be on the horizon for the aforementioned "wheedler." There's some grimy door jambs calling his name! I also know from experience that if he's hungry enough, he'll eat something, so I can tell him that he won't get any other "junky" cereals until it's gone. Back to boring old raisin bran or the plain shredded wheat.
Call me devious, but I like the idea of sneaking it into a recipe he ends up liking and then telling him that he ate the offending cereal afterall.
Update: I used up a good portion of it in this Martha recipe for Blueberry Banana Muffins:
I turned the cereal to dust in my FP (take that, "crunchlets!"), then subbed it for half of the whole wheat flour and all of the wheat germ, and reduced the sugar by half to adjust for the offensive frosting. I used raspberries because I didn't have frozen blueberries (I was sure I had some in the back right corner of the freezer... that's where I found the raspberries. Oh well). The mashed banana and the raspberries completely hide the blueberry taste from the cereal, and the color of the muffins is only a tiny bit, um, odd. But the flavor is great and he's already snarfed one down warm from the oven. <evil giggle> They'll go to school in his lunch bag, and I'll eat them for breakfast, too. He even helped me make them, without realizing the cereal was going in. I still have about 1 3/4 c. left of the cereal dust, which I will use in the littlefrugalista muffin recipe that amyzan found. I'm considering this one a WIN.
if you have any more dust, you could also use it for granola protein bars...
mix 1 1/2 cups oats, 1/2 c cereal dust, 1 c sliced almonds, 1/2 c chopped pecans and toast at 350 for 15 min on a cookie sheet.
mix 1/2 c honey, 1/4 brown sugar, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tbsp unsalted butter in a bowl and microwave until brown sugar is dissolved.
mix toasted ingredients with a serving of whey protein powder and 1/2 c wheat germ. pour wet mixture over and stir til all is moistened. add a little more honey if necessary. stir in 6 oz dried cherries.
spread on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with pam. press down, spreading somewhat thinly... maybe 1/2 - 1 inch thick. bake at 300 for 20-25 min.
cool completely before cutting.
just FYI i make these without dust, and use 2 cups oatmeal :)
I don't think you'd have any problems feeding the offending cereal matter to the chickens, either. I've fed them store-brand Honeycomb that met the same fate as your blueberry-ish stuff and the chickens were more than thrilled. I view the chickens as one step before the compost pile. If the food's too yucky for the birds, only then does it go to compost.
Still, glad you found a constructive way to use the cereal without it becoming poultry feed.