Urban Gleaning and Breakfast Cereal

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Both my husband and I grew up in homes where we were taught to live by high moral standards, values and integrity.  We have to laugh though, because when we tell his mother that we are going “Urban Gleaning,” we think she goes and prays for us. In her mind she’s thinking, “I have to pray for my son and daughter-in-law, they’re stealing fruit!” In our defense we only glean where we’ve asked to pick the fruit, or on abandoned lots, or in public places where it’s allowed. On many of our hikes we’ve found mulberries, currants, apples and blackberries. Most of our gleaning comes from friends or neighbors, who have fruit trees and simply cannot process and eat all their fruit. Many folks don’t want to take the time to cut the worms out of the apples, so they allow us to pick all we want. If we pick, process and freeze, then we have the fruit we need in our freezer for many breakfasts.  We like Urban Gleaning, it’s an adventure!

We enjoy this recipe so much that I make it often with slight variations depending on what fruit(s) I have. Plus, it can be reheated in a toaster oven and served for a few days.

Option 1: Breakfast Cereal – Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal

Preheat oven to 375. Oil or butter an 8×8 baking dish.

  • 4 Cups Fruit cut into pieces
  • ½ C of Honey or less depending on taste
  • 3 C of Almond Flour
  • ½ C of shredded Almonds
  • ½ C of chopped Walnuts
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of Nutmeg
  • ½ Stick of Butter chopped or 2 heaping Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • Optional 1 C of Raisins

Put 4 Cups of cut up fruit (fresh or frozen) into dish, add up to ½ C of honey and pour over fruit. In a separate bowl, combine 3 C of almond flour, shredded almonds, chopped walnuts, 1 tsp of cinnamon, ½ tsp of nutmeg and cut up butter or coconut oil and work that into the flour and nuts until it resembles coarse crumbs. Pour that mixture over the fruit and work in with a fork. Bake at 375 for about 40 mins or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Option 2: Breakfast Cereal

Preheat oven to 375. Oil or butter an 8×8 baking dish.

  • 4 Cups Fruit cut into pieces
  • ½ C of Honey or Sugar or less depending on taste
  • 1 C of Almond Flour or Whole Wheat Flour,
  • 2-3 C Oats
  • ½ C of shredded Almonds
  • ½ C of chopped Walnuts
  • ¼ C of Chia Seeds
  • ¼ C ground Flax Seed
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of Nutmeg
  • ½ Stick of Butter chopped or 2 heaping Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • Optional 1 C of Raisins

Put 4 Cups of cut up fruit (fresh or frozen) into dish, add up to ½ C of honey or sugar and pour over fruit. In a separate bowl, combine flour and oats, shredded almonds, chopped walnuts, chia seeds, flax, 1 tsp of cinnamon, ½ tsp of nutmeg and cut up butter or coconut oil and work that into the flour and nuts until it resembles coarse crumbs. Pour that mixture over the fruit and work in with a fork. Bake at 375 for about 40 mins or until golden brown. Enjoy!

This option can be served warm with milk.

 

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