Superfood Cereal – Homemade Chia Seed, Buckwheat, and Hemp Cereal

Homemade Qia Cereal - chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds - superfood

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.

Homemade Qia Cereal - chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds - superfood

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.  :)

Homemade Qia Cereal - chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds - superfood

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.

Homemade Qia Cereal - chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds - superfood

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.

Homemade Qia Cereal - chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds - superfood

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.

Homemade Qia Cereal - chia seeds, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds - superfood

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.


15 Responses to “Superfood Cereal – Homemade Chia Seed, Buckwheat, and Hemp Cereal”

  1. Jennifer

    I too love the Qui cereal, it is rather expensive and I am also looking to make it myself. Your recipe looks great I was just wondering if you use raw buckwheat groats or toasted?

    • Karen

      Hi Jennifer, I use the Kasha toasted buckwheat groats and they work just fine. I love them for this cereal.

  2. Kate

    Could you use toasted buckwheat? I can never seem to find the raw groats in stores, and buying food online weirds me out.

  3. Nette

    Made some for breakfast this morning and it was outstanding!! I’m a beginner with grains and this was so yummy! I can’t wait to try some more recipes!

  4. Karen

    I make my own in batches and add Omega Crunch Shelled Flax Seeds, hemp protein powder and cinnamon. I like to soften it with kefir, and add natural greek yogurt and a fruit to it. It keeps me going for hours. I look at the boxed cereals at the store, and know now that I can’t go back.

  5. Steven Hulme

    How much is a 1/4 of a cup? Because when I measured it out it seemed like only 5 or 6 mouthfuls?

  6. Steven Hulme

    How much is 1/4 of a cup? because when I measured it out it looked only 5 or 6 mouthfuls?

  7. caroline

    Thank you! I went down the same path you did, and was amazed to find the exact recipe I was looking for. I am not much of a cook, so this was extremely good luck for me. I will share a lesson I learned in case someone else is as much of a novice. If you decide to store your ingredients in mason jars, do it all over a large pan. I did it at the kitchen counter and ended up with a slip that left chia seeds all over the floor!! As I vacuumed them up, I finally realized the bottom of my shoes were covered in them, and I was spreading as many as I was getting up… so… there is my story of woe that i hope others will avoid…. bottom line… Thank You for the Recipe and information!!!!!!

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