I tried this store bought cereal last week called Chia Goodness and really enjoyed it, but it contained some ingredients that I normally wouldn’t eat (sugar, buckwheat, and almonds) and also wasn’t organic. There was only about 8 ingredients in it so I figured I could make my own home-made recipe that included more organic ingredients and no sugar, buckwheat, or almonds. Here’s what I came up with!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: none
Makes: approximately 4 cups of cereal
- 2 cup organic chia seeds (black or white)
- 1 cup organic hemp hearts
- 1/2 chopped dried organic apples (or other dried fruit of your choice)
- 1/3 cup sifted coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp Ceylon cinnamon (or 2 tsp Cassia cinnamon)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- optional: 1/2c chopped nuts of your choice
Throw all of this together, mix it up, and store in a jar in a cool dry place. You can use less coconut sugar, or omit all together if you are watching your sugar intake. Mine came out tasting a little sweeter than I expected. You could also use date sugar or sucanat instead, you just need something that is powdery. The package of chia cereal I bought said a serving was 2 tbsp cereal in 4 tbsp water; but lets be real here. A decent serving is 1/4c of the cereal in 1/2 a cup of boiling water; suggested servings that are that small are just silly. The package suggests you eat it on yogurt or something, but I think its great on its own. It’s also pretty tasty to eat dry, but make sure you drink enough water with it because chia seeds absorb a fair amount of water and can give you stomach cramps.
I think this recipe was a success! I love the idea of dry cereal because all you have to do is add hot water (or can just eat it dry). It’s easy to throw in a container and take on the go, and it doesn’t contain bananas or almonds either like some of the other paleo hot cereal recipes I have seen. On top of it all, chia is packed full of nutrients! You can read about more nutritional benefits of chia seeds here.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, thanks for reading!