Cinnamon Crunch Croissant Cereal

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Earlier this summer I made pancake cereal with little teeny tiny pancakes.  Then there was the miniature oatmeal chocolate chip cereal.  Now, let me introduce you to these adorable miniscule croissants.

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Look how cute!

When I saw this recipe by @chefsteps, I knew immediately that I had to make this!  

These were made with store bought dough.  I purchased croissant dough that comes in a sheet form.

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As I read through the recipe, it called for a dehydrator to make the tasty little cereal extra crispy.  Because I don’t own dehydrator (and didn’t plan on purchasing one anytime soon), I decided to go ahead and make the adorable little croissants, and then dry them in the oven on a low heat.  It worked like a charm:).

After making mini pancake cereal, and mini cookie cereal, I was excited to add these little cuties to my répertoire!

Ingredients:

1 tube of croissant dough

Ingredients for  cinnamon sugar water:

  • 1/2 cup water (100 grams)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (crushed)

Instructions for cinnamon water:

Crush the cinnamon sticks with a meat mallot, rolling pin, or the back of a small saucepan.  Place them in a saucepan with the water and sugar.  Heat just until the water boils, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Once it comes to a boil, remove from heat and set aside to cool.  After the mixture cools, place it in a spray bottle.  This will be used to spray on the croissants after the first bake.  I recommend using a very fine sieve to remove all the cinnamon bits.  Any pieces of cinnamon will clog the spray bottle.  

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Ingredients for egg wash:

  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water (22 grams)

Whisk together the egg, egg yolk, salt and water.  Strain this to make it smoothe.  This will make the egg wash. This will be gently brushed on the croissants before the first bake.  Set aside until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Line baking pan(s) with parchment paper.  I used two because I couldn’t get them all on one:).

Open dough and lay flat on lightly floured work surface.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut strips that are 2 1/4″ long x 1″ wide.  Cut each rectangle into two triangles.  Cut a small slit at the bottom of the triangle.  This will help it to keep the classic croissant shape. 

IMG_8327IMG_8328IMG_8341 Roll the wide end to meet the pointed end.  Place the croissants on the prepared baking sheet.  Repeat until all the croissants are rolled.  Refrigerate the croissants for 20 minutes.  This helps them keep their shape while brushing on the egg wash.

After refrigerating the dough, gently brush the egg wash over the entire croissant.  Once the croissants are completely coated with egg wash bake them in the preheated 375° oven and bake for 15 minutes.  They should be a dark golden brown.

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Remove the croissants from the oven and liberally spray them with the cinnamon sugar.  Be sure to spray all the sides.

Place croissants back in the oven for 5 minutes.  This will set the glaze.  If you want a crispier cereal, turn your oven to 170° F.  Once the oven reaches this temperature, turn the oven off and place the croissants in the oven for an hour.

Place cooled cereal in an airtight container or enjoy right away.  I drizzled my cereal with honey and fresh strawberries, but any fruit (or none at all) would be fine.

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I hope you make this fun and delicious cereal, and if you do please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cereal

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We are having cookies for breakfast!  Yup, that’s right, cookies.  Not just any old cookie either.  We are having oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…yummmm!!   Cookies and milk:).

Okay, okay, it’s actually cereal, but it is de-li-cious!!!  It’s not super sweet.  Don’t get me wrong, I like sweet things, but there are some cereals out there that are so sweet they actually make your teeth hurt!

When my kid’s were little I didn’t like going down the cereal aisle in the grocery store.  My son would bring me boxes of Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops (we all know they don’t have ANY fruit in them!).  I used to call it “junky” cereal.  Sometimes I would let them pick out a box and they could have it occasionally as a treat:).

Making mini versions of my favorite food and turning them into cereal is fun!  Remember the mini pancakes I posted a couple of weeks ago?  You’ve heard of thinking outside the box?  Well, I’ve been “baking” outside the box:).

I used healthier ingredients in this cereal.  If you don’t like the taste of coconut, use refined coconut oil.  The oil helps to keep the cookies from spreading.  They will hold their “cookie” shape.   I used 1 large egg,  but you can swap it out with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed if you want to keep it vegan.  You can use mini semi-sweet chocolate chips,  or they can be omitted altogether.  I’m a total chocolate lover, so that’s not even an option!!  I use old fashioned (gluten free) organic grain rolled oats, but any rolled oat will work.

Rolling the cookies does take some time (about 10 minutes a tray, and it make 2 trays).  I divided the dough into 4 sections and rolled them into 12″ logs with a 1″ circumference.  Wrap in plastic wrap or parchment.  Chill for about 5 minutes in the freezer.  The chilling helps with the cutting and shaping process.

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Cut into 1/2 sections

You can place them on the cookie sheet without rolling them, but I like the way they look by gently rolling into a ball shape and place on the prepared baking sheet.  You could get your children to help.  It would make the process go much faster:)!

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Bake them for 7-9 minutes (350° farenheit).

Allow the cereal to completely cool on the trays and store in an airtight container.  I make mine the night before, and they are ready to enjoy first thing in the morning.

Pouring the milk on top of these delicious little morsels is like eating a bowl of dunked cookies (and who doesn’t like to dunk their cookies in milk?).

This cereal can be enjoyed on their own or as a snack too!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup refined coconut oil (110 grams)
  • 1/8 cup coconut or granulated sugar (25 grams)
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (57 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 1 large egg (or 1 tablespoon flaxseed)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour (160 grams)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats (61 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet or sugar free chocolate chips (130 grams)

Instructions:

Whisk the flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl.  Beat the coconut oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl until creamy (about 2 minutes).  Scraping the bowl and beaters as needed.  Add the egg and mix well.   Add the flour/oatmeal mixture and mix until combined.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

Divide the dough into 4 portions.  Place on a piece of plastic wrap or parchment.   Roll into 12″ long logs (1″ in circumference).  Wrap and place it in the freezer to chill for about 5 minutes. You just need the dough to firm up a bit so it is easier to form into mini cookies:).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove the logs from the freezer, and using a sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/2″ slices.  You can  place the rounds of dough on the prepared baking sheets, or you can roll the sliced cookie dough to make a small balls and place them on the baking sheet.
Bake for 7-9  minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.   Eat them with milk or by the handful.  Yummy!
I hope you make this delicious cereal (snack).  If you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your pictures!
This recipe was inspired by Tieghan @halfbakedharvest