Red River cereal was great in bread recipes, but – horrors! It was discontinued in Canada in 2020. Definitely the end of an era, as I remember eating Red River cereal as a kid – as did my mom – and probably her mom.
And it’s not just me. Pretty much every Canadian had a dusty red box of Red River cereal kicking around in the back of the cupboard.
After searching the stores for months, I finally realized that Red River cereal was gone. That’s when I started Googling around for substitutes.
King Arthur’s Harvest Grains blend comes close. It’s a mix of millet, wheat berries, oat groats and rye flakes, combined with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds and raw sunflower seeds.
I like the a nice crunch, flavour and texture this blend adds to the bread. I also like that it’s cheap to make, and I now have a recipe I can play with.
The recipe below makes 2.5 kilos of grain blend, or 25 loaves of bread using 1 cup per recipe as I do in this Maple Multi Grain Bread recipe.
To make less, just reduce the recipe by 50-75%, or whatever suits you and your family best.
Most ingredients available in Canada at Bulk Barn.
- 500 g oat groats
- 500 g rye flakes
- 400 g millet (hulled)
- 400 g cracked wheat berries
- 150 g poppy seeds
- 150 g sesame seeds
- 150 g flax seeds
- 150 g raw sunflower seeds
Combine all ingredients. Store in Ziploc bags or large glass jars in the freezer.