So I’ve mentioned Grape-Nuts a few times on the shopping/bargain pages. They make a nice crunchy breakfast cereal and are also popular done in the “overnight oats” style (replacing oats with the Grape-nuts of course). Personally though, my favourite preparation is as a desert (that could also be eaten for breakfast) – Grape-nut Pudding.
Now I’d not even heard of Grape-Nuts till about 5 years ago when I was introduced to them by an American friend. The friend challenged me to find a recipe for Grape-Nut pudding (an apparent staple in some parts of the States) – a recipe we could both enjoy.
Took a little hunting down – and unfortunately I can’t remember which site I got the basic recipe from – but I found one that met my criteria:
- No fuss
There are hundreds of variations on the Grape-Nut pudding theme and a quick Google search will reveal them all. Most call for a hot-water bath (or Bain-marie) – the one I use doesn’t though.
- 40g of Post Grape-Nuts (Healthy Extra B or 7.5 syns)
- 250ml of Semi-Skimmed Milk (Healthy Extra A or 6 syns)
- small amount of vanilla/vanilla extract/vanilla essence to taste
- 2 tablespoons of sweetener (1syn)
- 2 eggs
- nutmeg to taste (optional)
- Dried fruits (optional – syn accordingly).
This makes one large serving (or two smaller ones) – if sharing the above (and assuming equal shares), then half the syns of the Grape-Nuts and milk (or make up for them to the full Healthy Extra allowances. So one HiFi bar and 20g of low fat cheddar for example.
- In a deep casserole style dish, put the Grape-Nuts, sweetener and if using the nutmeg/dried fruits
- Add the milk and vanilla and mix
- Beat the eggs together before pouring into the dish and mix again.
- (I like to leave the dish to stand for 30minutes at this point).
- Put into a preheated oven at 150c for about 40/45minutes, turn up oven to 200c and leave for another 15/20 minutes. The grapenuts at the bottom should be bubbling slight and the egg mix on top set firm.
Serve – either with real custard if you have the syns spare, or a low fat vanilla yogurt from the Muller Light range (or other syn free/low syn alternative such as Aldi’s own) (UPDATE – Fat Free fruit flavoured yogurts are no longer syn free – please check on Syns Online for updated values). Or leave to cool, cover and put in the fridge over night.