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How to make our cereals at home

Bake your own Fitness breakfast cereal

Making FITNESS® is actually so simple, you can do it from home with ingredients from your local supermarket.

Preparation Time
35 min
Cooking Time
10 min
Skill Level
Serving Size


50 gRice short (round) grains
1 tspMalt extract
2Pinches of salt
5 tbspWater
25 gRolled Oats


  1. Combine rice, malt, salt and water into a small metallic bowl, cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight to soak.
  2. The following day, add rolled oats to the soaked rice.  Steam for minimum 25 min, or until the rice is cooked through (no white starchy centre when a rice grain is pressed between two fingers).  Stir occasionally during steaming for uniform cooking.  Large rice grains require longer steaming.  Best to use smaller rice grains.  
  3. After steaming, spread the cooked grains onto a chopping board to cool down.
  4. Use a large knife to chop the cooked grains until rice grains are roughly halved in size and the whole mass sticks together.  
  5. Place the chopped grain in a plastic bag.  Fold down the top part of the bag and run a rolling pin over the bag to press the grains inside into a rectangular sheet 0.5 cm thick.
  6. Press a ruler across the top of the plastic bag to cut the sheet into 1.5 x 1.5cm pieces.   
  7. Cut the plastic bag open and separate the cut pieces (pallets).
  8. Get two sheets of non-stick baking paper ~15 x 25 cm each.
  9. Arrange 3 pallets between the two non-stick papers.  
  10. Use a rolling pin to roll each pallet down to 1mm thick flakes.
  11. Remove flakes from non-stick papers and place them on a baking tin lined with crumpled baking paper ( to give the flakes a wavy appearance).
  12. Dry the flakes in 100oC oven for 10 mins.  Remove from the oven and turn each flake over.  Leave to cool for 10-15 mins.
  13. Set the oven to 180°C.  Bake the dried flakes around 3 minutes or until golden brown.  Note: the flakes brown quickly in the oven, so watch it carefully.
  14. Allow flakes to cool after baking.

Baking tools

  • Measuring spoons (1 tablespoon = 15mL, 1 teaspoon = 5mL)
  • Kitchen scale
  • Small metal bowl
  • Steamer
  • Large knife
  • Baking tray
  • Chopping board
  • Rolling pin
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Cling film
  • Plastic bag ~20 x 30 cm Ruler with strong tapered edge

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    Do Nestlé products in emerging countries have more salt than products in developed/developing countries?

    For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.

    What are the health and nutritional benefits of Nestlé Gluten Free Corn Flakes?

    As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron

    How can I find foods made with whole grain?

    Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too. It’s easy to know if a Nestlé breakfast cereal is made with whole grain: just look out for the Green Banner and whole grain tick on top of the box.

    I’ve heard a low GI diet can help me lose weight. Is this true?

    It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.

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