Healthy Superfood Cereal

by on April 23, 2013

Happy Tuesday to you! I hope you all had a great weekend.

I’m actually blogging from North Carolina today, as I’m in Durham for an email marketing conference with Relay Foods this week. The conference starts off with a 5K run this morning so I’m headed out for that in a few but wanted to pop in and say hi. I’m super excited to share this new breakfast recipe so let’s just get right to it…

Healthy Superfood Cereal

I LOVE cereal. I grew up having it for breakfast almost every morning and sometimes as a snack after school (or after dinner) as well. My mom, like any good mom, would keep at least 3-4 flavors in the pantry for me at all times — including my favorites: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cinnamon Life, Smacks and Cookie Crisp. It was the best!

My palate has matured (a bit) since my younger years and I tend to buy the “healthier” cereals, BUT when it comes down to it, boxed cereal is still processed food. Lately I’ve been trying to give all processed foods a rest, including cereal.

And I’ll admit, it’s been kind of hard, especially since Isaac still buys cereal and we still have full boxes that catch my eye every time I open the pantry door. One morning a few weeks ago I had a cereal craving, but I was good and instead of grabbing one of the boxes, which are definitely not the “healthy” cereal options, I decided to make my own.

Healthy Superfood Cereal

I searched through my pantry and came up with a superfood blend of cereal featuring the ingredients above: a base of raw oats, protein powder, chia seeds, buckwheat groats, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cinnamon, goji berries and banana slices.

Healthy Superfood Cereal

Then I topped the mixture with almond milk. You can use any type of almond milk but for this particular batch I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened Coconutmilk Almondmilk Blend. After giving the mix a good stir, I ate it just like cereal.

It’s crunchy, a little chewy and perfectly sweet — similar to regular cereal, only not because it’s also super filling. I was full after one bowl, rather than headed back to the pantry for another bowl (or two). Definitely a plus for me!

Another great thing about this cereal is that it’s gluten free, has no added sugars and packs a nice punch of omega-3′s and protein. It’s legitimate healthy cereal.

Healthy Superfood Cereal

4.5 from 6 reviews

Superfood Cereal Blend
 
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This cereal blend is packed full of superfoods but starts with a base of oatmeal, buckwheat groats, chia seeds and brown rice protein powder. You can use the ingredients I recommend or switch things up and add additional ingredients or toppings that you like — I think cacao (or cocoa) powder or cacao nibs would be a nice addition for a chocolatey flavored cereal and sliced almonds or freshly sliced strawberries would be delicious as well. The combinations are endless.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup old fashioned oatmeal (make sure your oats are GF, if that’s important to you)
  • ½ -1 scoop vanilla brown rice protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raw buckwheat groats
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon goji berries
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • banana slices
  • 1 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk (vanilla or coconut work great)
Instructions
  1. Mix oatmeal, protein powder, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, goji berries, coconut, hemp seeds and cinnamon in a bowl, pour almond milk over the cereal mixture, top with banana slices and enjoy!

Healthy Superfood Cereal

Oh and just in case you’re new to raw buckwheat groats — you can find them in the bulk bins at most natural grocery stores and also in the grain section (Bob’s Red Mill sells them packaged). You can totally make the cereal blend without them but I love the crunchiness that they add.

Almond Breeze

What was your favorite cereal growing up? Do you still buy it? Have you ever made your own cereal?

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes April 23, 2013 at 6:24 am

Love this! I have been wanting to try goji berries!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables April 23, 2013 at 7:29 am

Yum!! That looks so good! You know I love my cereals, too ;) I’m definitely going to give this a try!

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Paige @ A Healthy Tale April 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

This looks amazing! Now the weather in the UK is heating up I tend to switch to more cold based breakfasts, but this looks perfect for a summertime breakfast!

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Sara @ sarasmiles April 23, 2013 at 8:09 am

I loved cap’n crunch (with berries of course) growing up. I could probably eat bowl after bowl of honey bunches of oats, but like you said, it’s processed food loaded with sugar so I too try and stay away from it. I love the idea of your cereal though and I’ve recently gotten into buckwheat groats and think they would make an awesome addition!

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Tiff April 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

Looks great! I love boxed cereal, but I’m also a huuuuuge fan of oats. Okay okay… just put carbs in front of me, and I’m a happy girl. ha

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Rachel April 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

Yum! I have all these things too! I wasn’t a huge cereal fan growing up, but I did like my cheerios every now and then :)

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Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl April 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

This looks sooooo good and I love the ingredient list! Perfect way to start off the day…..or end the day, possibly. ;)

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Rebecca King April 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

Happy Tuesday to you too. This looks great and I will definitely be giving it a try.

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Bonnie James April 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

Wow, great recipe. Thanks. Enjoy Durham.

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sassygirl April 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

love the recipe! just tried organic millet from nuts.com in my lekue rice
and grain cooker this morning. absolutely d’lish. so fast so easy cleanup and
yummy texture…not mush!

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Brooke April 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

Yum! This looks (and sounds) so good! And I absolutely love the Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond/Coconut Milk. After drinking both almond and coconut milk for a while, and not really loving either, I discovered this one. So perfect. Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

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DAOWAce April 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Looks good, but the sponsored milk has to go.

The ingredients in it are terrible for you; carrageenan especially.

I’d expect someone who makes this type of cereal to also make their own almond/coconut milk that’s actually healthy for them. Oh well.

So far, the only dairy alternative I’ve found at my local stores without garbage in it has been Westsoy’s organic soymilk. Ingredients? Filtered water, soybeans. Yeah, that’s it. Even Eden’s soymilk has more ingredients than that, and I consider them the highest standard for organic quality.

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Danielle April 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I just made power bars last night that almost exactly follow this (minus almond milk, plus ground flax and raw cacao). Great minds :)

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Sandra April 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Wow, this looks great! I can’t wait to make it. I think some nuts would be good in it too.

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies April 23, 2013 at 4:42 pm

This looks so amazing!! I was totally an unfun kid, my favorite cereal growing up was Kix. I hated all the weirdly sugary cereals with marshmallows and all that junk. I honestly loved Kix and plain Cheerios more than anything. :)

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brumby1999 April 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze (among others) contains carrageenan, which research links to gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions, and even colon cancer in animals. It is also used as an additive in de-icing fluid on airplanes.

There is a lot of information on this via google.

Whole Foods 365 almond milk does not contain carrageenan and Tree of Life also doesn’t include it.

Personally, I will no longer be consuming Almond Breeze for this reason. Wanted to help spread the word about this additive.

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Jade April 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm

this is definitely a must-try recipe! I will print it to make sure that I won’t forget it.

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Marianne April 24, 2013 at 2:33 am

This is pretty similar to a bunch of superfood cereals on the market…at least here in BC. Holy Crap, Q’ia (from Nature’s Path), Boring Porridge, Anita’s Organic Breakfast Roots….I could go on. I’ve always wanted to mix my own blend though, because I figure it has to be cheaper than buying the ones I’ve listed above!

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Lindsey @ Pas de Deux April 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

Cereal is hit or miss with me–I love granola, though! I was so excited when I saw this post last night, because I actually had all of the ingredients I needed to make it on hand! I made a bowl this morning (with homemade cashew milk), and it was quite tasty! I look forward to playing around with the ingredients a bit–adding nuts, berries, etc… Thanks for the great idea!

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Monica G April 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Oh yum I just had this – I added some stevia drops and way more almond milk than was intended, but it was still pretty yummy :) My favorite cereal used to be Kix, that cereal was simple and good. No one ever understood why I liked it though… Then Waffle Crisp (Oh my word), Fruity Pebbles, HoneyCrisp, and way more.

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Stacey April 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I love this breakfast idea! I’m a cereal lover myself but try to consume in moderation because, as you said, it’s still processed food. I get bored with regular oatmeal, so this would be a great way to switch it up! I’m a big fan of combining the different grains and flavors. I’ll definitely be adding this to my morning breakfast repertoire!

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Sarah McBride April 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thank you for posting this! I found your post randomly and I’m slightly excited : ) I have read a lot about superfoods but thus far have not found and easy (and tasty looking) way to quickly throw several of them together. This is perfect!!

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Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare April 25, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I LOVE this idea! My cereal cravings come and go. I’ve never made my own cereal before, or thought I could for that matter, but I want to give it a try! I’m certainly on-board with all the super foods. :)

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Nat @ The Apple Diaries April 26, 2013 at 3:07 am

I saw this recipe on Instagram and loved it :) Awesome idea to use hemp seeds and buckwheat groats! It can be hard to find healthy breakfast ideas, especially when you’ve used up every possible green smoothie recipe! I’ve been making this amazing Muesli Slice lately and adding all kinds of delicious superfoods to the mix, then eating it with some fruit and natural yoghurt.

Thanks Brit!

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David Jones April 26, 2013 at 5:47 am

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Becky April 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Thx for the info re Carageenan. Had NO idea! Good to know!!

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davidcalling April 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I was searching a blog in online to read about yammi food and I got you. I have enjoyed your cereal recipe and I want to thanks to your mom for verity of cereal !!!

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Silje April 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

SOOOOO Amazing! I think this will be my go to-breakfast from now on :)

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Emily April 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

The recipe looks great, but your sponsored ad has opinions spelled wrong ;)

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Brittany Mullins April 29, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Oops. Thanks for pointing that out!

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Taylor April 30, 2013 at 7:44 am

Delicious! I have made overnight oats before and like to eat those in the hotter months but this is even easier! And you can easily change it up depending on the ingredients you have.

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David May 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for posting this healthy alternative to cereal. I like oatmeal, but I need an alternative when I want a little variety. That looks delicious!

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Sue May 4, 2013 at 4:46 am

I love porridge oats and take it every morning, but this is a wonderful alternative for the warmer days ahead. I also love goji berries and anything coconut is divine. Bring on the Summer!!

Thanks for sharing.

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Natty March 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Hi Brittany,thanks a lot for bringing to us this wonderful alternative to cereal,porridge oats are my most preferred anyway,!

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