This post is late. It’s been ready to go for a while, but I’ve been under the weather the past few days and couldn’t bring myself to post it. I’m excited to share it though. Because you can buy this $9 superfood, super healthy “cereal” in the store for a pretty small bag or you can make it yourself and save a ton of money.
I first saw this awesome cereal called Qia sitting on the shelf at Publix and the word “superfood” on the packaging immediately caught my eye (you know how much I love superfoods). The only ingredients in it were chia seeds, buckwheat groats, and hemp seeds, plus some dried fruit for sweetness and flavor. All you have to do to prepare it is let it soak in milk for a few minutes (any type of milk will work) and it’s ready to eat. And it’s yummy! I impulsively bought it and was really excited about the product. Parker likes it too, so it’s husband approved. :)
We started going through those little bags so quickly that I knew I had to try to make some myself by buying the ingredients in bulk and adding them together. It seemed so simple that I would be crazy not to. And it really is very simple.
I now keep a big jar of it in the pantry (well, in a cabinet since we don’t have a pantry…) at all times.
Nutritionally speaking, this cereal is packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, plus is very low in sugar, and even has some Omega-3’s thrown in. It’s vegan friendly and gluten free too. And buckwheat is actually a seed (with a fantastic nutrition profile) and not actually “wheat” so it’s grain-free too. You don’t have to eat a lot of it to feel full, but it will keep you feeling satisfied until lunch. I like to use coconut milk (here’s how to make your own) and add some fresh berries on top, but you could make it any way you like.
You can change this recipe up with any kind of dried fruits or nuts you wanted. I have lots of ideas that I’ll be sure to share but here is the basic recipe.
Chia Seed, Buckwheat, and Hemp Superfood Cereal – with Cinnamon Apples, Raisns, and Walnuts.
3/4 cup buckwheat groats (available in stores or online here)
3/4 cup chia seeds (available in stores or online here)
3/4 cup hemp seeds (available in stores or online here)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried or dehydrated apples, finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Add everything together, stir, and store in airtight jar. When ready to serve, add 1/4 cup to bowl and pour about 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk over (enough to just barely cover, but not so the cereal is swimming) and let sit for 3-5 minutes to soften. Top with fruit if you’d like.