The next few recipes go against all that is Lauriebot; they are decidedly crunchy/hippie and I just need to come to terms with the fact that there’s a soft, semi-hippie thread flowing through this modern gal.

The evidence…I have a former Phish fanatic (like the kind who travel around the country, hanging out in fields and narrowly escaping hepatitis B outbreaks) for a boyfriend. Said boyfriend is also in possession of a Grateful Dead lyric tattoo. There are crystals in my house. My favorite aunt has a serious thang for faeries. Not only do I use energy-efficient lightbulbs, but I turn them off when not in use (!). I use reuseable totes for groceries and buy in bulk to reduce packaging.

Yes, there’s definitely a case in favor of my latent hippiedom. And, unfortunately, the following will not do anything to help prove otherwise.

Homemade Bran Flakes.

For some reason, perhaps it was the beautiful photography that accompanied this recipe, or perhaps it was the health conscious culinary ways of one of my coworkers, but I was utterly inspired to embark upon a homemade cereal adventure. I’ve always considered bran flakes in and of themselves as boring and borderline tasteless. Not these little babies! Sweetened with delicious turbinado sugar and almond meal, these were enticingly flavorful! So be prepared, for part 1 of Lauriebot’s Hippie Cereal Excursion…

Preheated the oven to 350F and sifted the following into a big bowl:
1 cup oat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup almond flour
4 TBSP turbinado sugar (could also be pretty delish with palm sugar)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Added 2/3 cup milk and 1/2 cup water and mixed it all up…

Wasn’t looking like much, but it already smelled really good – oaty and sweet and wholesome! Once the wet and dry ingredients were fully combined, it was time for the fun part! Scooped out 1/4 of the mixture and plopped in the center of a sheet of parchment paper. Covered it with a sheet of plastic wrap and, using my hands, flattened out the dollop just a bit.

Busted out old faithful (my $3.99 Ikea maple rolling-pin)…

And set to creating an exceedingly thin and giant bran flake! It’s important to try to get it the bran flake pretty thin, to ensure a gorgeously thin and crispy final product!

Then I removed the plastic wrap and transferred the parchment to a baking sheet… Repeated the process with the remaining batter, 1/4 at a time.

Baked two sheets at a time, at 350F for 10 minutes, checking frequently after the first 5 minutes to make sure things weren’t burning!

The goal is to have a giant leathery flake…

With crispy edges…

That’s translucent in places!

I transferred the first two bran flakes to a wire rack to cool while I baked the second batch of bran flakes. Once everything was baked and cooled, I tore each giant flake into little flakes of about 3/4 inches a piece.

Spread out two giant flakes’ worth of tiny flakes on each baking sheet and baked at 275F for 20 minutes, stirring and flipping every 5 minutes.

And before I knew it… Homemade Bran Flakes!

Next up, Coconut Granola… 🙂

Recipe adapted from Willow Bird Baking