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Sep 27, 2011 12:13 PM

Any ideas on making cereal similar to discontinued Tr. Joe's Oat & Wheat Brn Swirls?

Trader Joe's has discontinued their delicious Oat & Wheat Brain Swirls cereal, which I've been eating for at least eight years now. I'm distraught. Any ideas for recipes for something similar? I'm willing to experiment but I barely know where to start. I make my own granola at home frequently, but so far, my baking skills don't extend much beyond that and cookies. I'm not sure how to approach making a sweet, crunchy cereal involving oat and wheat bran. (Maybe this would require more equipment than I've got.) Any ideas?

I tried eating Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran instead, but yuck. It's all wrong. I used to like Cracklin' Oat Bran a few decades ago, when I was a kid, and I figured that Oat & Wheat Bran Swirls were a somewhat-altered knock-off of them, but as it turns out, that's not the case. Cracklin' Oat Bran has a much rougher mouth-feel and is heavier on the bran, I think. Tastes kind of gravelly.

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  1. I am devastated to see you never received a response about this. That cereal was highly addictive and I limited myself to one box every once in a great while so I didn't constantly binge on those things. Now it's gone! Have you since found any replacement product or recipe for something similar? I am with you, Cracklin Oat Bran is nowhere near the deliciousness that was the Oat and Wheat Bran Swirls.

      1. here's a place to start:
        my revisions:
        1. I would swap ground almonds or hazelnuts for the walnuts or pecans
        2. I would use honey instead of sugar
        3. I would sub in some sorghum flour for some of the whole wheat flour

        i hate when things i love get discontinued. it happens too frequently. I feel like i should apologize to products when i latch onto them, as they stand a chance of discontinuation.

        1. I am resurrecting this very old thread because I have found a cereal that nails the Trader Joe's Oat & Wheat Brain Swirls cereal taste. I happened to pick up a bag of granola at Whole Foods on a whim. At first bite I knew what that taste was just as I remembered my beloved Swirls cereal! I promptly threw some in a bowl with some milk and was in heaven.

          It isn't exactly the same, being that it is granola, but the taste is there. I promise! The other downfall is that it is pricey, though if memory serves me correct the Swirls cereal wasn't cheap either. I bought a bag for $5.99 at my local Whole Foods. The brand is Purely Elizabeth and it is their Original Ancient Grains Granola cereal.