Sexed-Up Shredded Wheat

Ah, shredded wheat, the librarian of the cereal world. Bring out her best feature – that oh so sexy crunch – by adorning her with seasonal nectarines, dried apricots, toasted pecans, coconut flakes, pomegranate, a sprinkling of sumac, and a drizzle of honey.

sexed-up-shreddies

Btw – that dark, handsome stranger in the corner, it’s Beet, Blueberry, and Tarragon juice, part of my Drink Your…Veggies series.

Ingredients

  • 1 piece shredded wheat
  • milk (any kind)
  • 1 nectarine, sliced
  • 3 dried apricots, sliced
  • handful toasted pecans
  • handful toasted coconut flakes
  • handful pomegranate seeds
  • honey, get some good local stuff. Vegans, use your favourite sweetener.
  • sumac (This is a Middle Eastern spice that is pleasantly citrus-y)

Instructions

  1. In a cereal bowl, add the shredded wheat, milk, fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Drizzle with honey/sweetener and a sprinkle of sumac.

PS – For a completely different recipe that uses sumac, see my Seaweed, Avocado, and Nectarine Salad with Sumac and Honey dressing.

Minutiae

My guy says, “Shredded wheat? That’s not a recipe!” But a recipe is just instructions and ingredients. No dictionary, anywhere, says it has to be complicated. So there.

Sexed-Up Shredded Wheat was born after a midnight shopping excursion for cereal. Out of 100+ variations, only 2 were the sugar free kind I was looking for. I liked that Shredded Wheat had only 1 ingredient, but back at home in my bowl, it looked pretty sad and tasted equally so, sending me rummaging thru my kitchen for stuff to liven it up.

Since then, I’ve made many variations – this combo is my current fav but there’s lots of room for creativity. If you’re making your own variation go for some juicy seasonal fruit and throw in a complimentary/contrasting dried one. Add in something toasted, like nuts or coconut flakes, or both. Then garnish the whole thing with a sprinkle of dried spice such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, sumac, etc.  – whatever you think will work. It’s a good vehicle for experimentation cause there is not really much at stake when you’re making yourself a bowl of cereal! Let me know how it works for you!

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Photo by Debra Matwychuk

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