Seed and Nut Breakfast Cereal

Seed and Nut Breakfast Cereal

Seed and Nut Breakfast Cereal

Last week in our module on cooking for nutrition to prevent/manage disease we made this delicious little cereal. I am a true granola lover….the oats, the spices, the nuts. A little sweet, a little salty, I love it. So when I saw this recipe and it has no grain in it I was skeptical.  And I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.  This little cereal is packed with nutrition, from flax and chia seeds (great for those omega-3 fatty acids), a little sweet from the pecans and dried fruit, but contains no sweeteners.  It is pretty dense to eat so a little bit goes a long way.  You can eat it like cereral with a little milk.  I would top it with berries to make it go a little farther and have some freshness to it.  It is also great sprinkled on yogurt.  My new favorite is this Siggis….

Sadly, I think this is probably a seasonal flavor and won't be around for long.  This is Icelandlic style yogurt so it is thick and creamy and has higher protein content than regular yogurt.  It is made much like Greek yogurt, straining it so the whey is mostly removed.  The ingredients pass my test. Simple and no weird stuff.  It has a little sugar, but really is not very sweet at all.  They have a variety of other flavors.  I mostly eat the vanilla or this one. 

So get some yogurt and sprinkle with a bit of this cereal and you are set with a nice snack or breakfast.  This recipe is from our teacher Kara Kroeger, although I opted to grind the flax seeds rather than leave them whole as she did.  Unground, they are slick and remind me of little bugs.  You also can't absorb the nutrients unless they are ground so I made that change.  Use the dried fruit of your choice, we used currants.  It is a keeper! 

Nut and Seed Breakfast Cereal

by Catherine Craig

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: none

Keywords: blender breakfast gluten-free low-carb vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (4 cups)

  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 dried coconut flakes (unsweetened dessicated coconut)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raisins, currants, or other dried fruit (currants have the least sugar but cranberries, raisins, cherries or dates would be great.)
  • 1 cup hemp seeds

Instructions

If needed, chop dried fruit into small dice.

Grind flax seeds in the food processor until mostly ground. Add all ingredients except the fruit and hemp seeds and coarsely grind. Stir in the dried fruit and hemp seeds. Store in the refrigerator.

Serve as desired. You can mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup mixture with apple juice or milk of choosing. Eat right away or let sit for 20 to 30 minutes to soften and thicken. Sprinkle over yogurt, oatmeal, cottage or ricotta cheese. Sprinkle with cinnamon for an extra kick. Top with berries or other fruit. The options are endless!

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