Amy Riolo: Hi! I am Amy Riolo. Today I am making Creamy 5 grain cereal. The ingredients we'll need are 1 cup 5 grain cereal, 2 table spoons natural honey, 1-half cup skimmed milk, a handful of raisins, a handful of dried cranberries, a handful of chopped apricots, a handful of almonds and one banana sliced.
To begin we'll bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pan. As soon as the water comes to a boil, we can turn it down to a medium heat and then we'll add in our 5 grain cereal. 5 grain cereal is really wonderful because it has oats and rye and wheat and triticale and flex seed, and these are all whole grains that are really wonderful and important in defending our bodies from chronic illness.
So I am going to add those into the boiling water and stir it around and we'll let it boil for just a second before we turn it down again. Whole grains are often called whole grains because they have the three parts of the grain still intact and not stripped away and those are where all the nutrients are, in the bran and in the endosperm and in the germ layers. So this cereal has all of those, so it's really full of powerful nutrients for us.
Now that we're up to a boil again, I am just going to turn this down to a simmer and let it cook for about 15 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed.
So now our 5 grain cereal has finished cooking and as you can see it's absorbed all of the liquid. When I stir the pan I can stir clear to the bottom and clear away a little path of the cereal because it's become nice and thick and creamy, and it's exactly what we want this to have that space, when we stir the cereal in the bottom of our pan.
Now we're ready to add our other ingredients and the first thing that I am going to add is 2 table spoons of honey, but you can add it to your taste, it doesn't have to be 2 tablespoons. This really gives it a nice nutty taste and just helps it to really sweeten and mellow out. The great thing about having all of the 5 grains is that we have such a contrast in textures and the taste of this dish. So it's creamy but you still have a lot of nice other textures going on as well.
Now I am going to add our warm skimmed milk and just stir that in. And I am also going to add about a handful of raisins. Going to keep some out for garnish! I am also going to add some dried cranberries. If you want these to really puff up, you can them during the cooking time of the cereal also. But I like to add them at the last minute so they retain a little bit of their firmness.
And here I have some dried apricots which I'll continue to add right in. And lastly almonds and our bananas, so you can see, even though this is one dish, it has a lot of great ingredients in it, a lot of vitamins, a lot of minerals, a lot fiber. So here is our creamy 5 grain cereal, enjoy!