Shirley J's Timeless Grains Cereal


Shirley J contacted me a while back and asked me to try out their "Timeless grains-cranberry almond cereal". Since I absolutely love oatmeal, I didn't hesitate!

It's a hot flavored grain cereal, sort of like oatmeal, but with 18 different grains (as well as cranberries and almonds - if you didn't get that from the name). It's also flavored with evaporated cane juice, cinnamon, and sea salt. 
I was so pumped to dig in. Except...
I can't say that I loved it. :(

Nate tried it and gave it the thumbs up, but it hasn't become a part of his breakfast food rotation, so I take that as "not my absolute favorite".

I gave some to Craig to try, figuring I had to at least give the cereal a fair chance. Perhaps I'm weird and just like plain oatmeal? Perhaps Nate is just stuck in his oatmeal w/ brown sugar routine?

Alas, I don't know if it won Craig over either. It's not that it isn't great, it just wasn't any of our favorites. We tried it all different ways:
  • With hot water - note: make sure to let the grains soften a while - some of the grains are pretty hard)
  • In yogurt as a museli - not the best since the grains are pretty hard.
BUT, leave it to Craig to be creative with food: he tried putting it into his banana and bread-machine loaf recipes. (I never would have thought to try it this way!) This is where it is absolutely, hands-down, just plain awesome!!

Nate and I have made both recipes (below) multiple times - and it's now known as "Shirley J bread" among our circle of friends/family :). Nate said he'd specifically buy this JUST to make the bread. It's that good. Interested in trying it?

Without further ado, the "Shirley J" recipes!



Shirley J Banana Bread


Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter/coconut oil/applesauce (If you make a 3x recipe you can add 1/2 cup of each)
1/2 cup honey (or sweetener of your choice)
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup Shirley J Timeless Grains Cereal (or oatmeal)
3/4 cup whole grain flour
1/2 cup bread flour
1 tsp cinnamon (about)
3 very ripe bananas
Optional: 1/4 cup dried cranberries (blueberries are also good)
Directions:
Mix butter and honey.
Add eggs and mix until smooth
Add dry ingredients and mix a bit (will be hard and lumpy)
Peel and mash bananas well, add to dough (this will soften it up)
Mix in cranberries and pour into greased and floured bread pan
Bake at 350 F for a little over an hour until a fork stuck in the top of the loaf comes out clean

Shirley J Bread-Maker Bread


1 c milk, almond milk, or water
3 Tbsp butter, oil, or some combination of both
2 Tbsp honey or sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup bread flour
1/2 cup Shirley J Timeless Grains Cereal (or oatmeal)
1 Tbsp yeast
Use the whole wheat setting on your machine. It's that easy!

*Disclaimer: sample provided free from Shirley J.

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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