Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Seed Cereal
by COLETTE PIENAAR
I love having something nutritious to eat in the mornings and love this combination as it is so versatile, filling and delicious.
You will need:
1 cup of Chia Seeds
1 cup of Buckwheat Groats
2 cups of Shelled Hemp Seeds
200-400g dried Fruit
These three ingredients form the base cereal for me, I then combine them with a mixture of around 200-400 grams of dried fruit and nuts.
I like using a combination of cranberries, raisins, apple, apricots, sometimes I add them all – whoooo – also pumpkin seeds, flaked almonds, coconut pieces really depends on what I have in my cupboard and how many flavours you want to pack in.
I allow 2 tablespoons per serving and sometimes eat it dry with a dollop of soya or coconut yogurt, 1 heaped teaspoon of nut butter, a drizzle of maple syrup and a little splash of soya or almond milk.
My favourite way to eat it however is to leave it to soak overnight and stir in some fresh berries, it lasts a week in the fridge although this does depend on how quickly we go through it in our house.
So I usually make up a batch on a Sunday that will last a week – 10-12 tablespoons of the dry mixture into a bowl with enough oat, coconut or almond milk to cover the mixture plus another cup – it works out at around 3 cups of liquid. You can always add more if the mixture seems too dry.
Chia seeds will absorb lots of liquid so just add more if you feel you want a cereal that is moister.
I then add a couple of punnets of fresh berries, rasberries are my fav, and leave the mixture in the fridge over night.
It is really easy to grab and eat when time is tight.
To serve: I take a couple of tablespoons of the mixture and add yogurt, banana (if I’m hungry), a couple of teaspoons of nut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup to my bowl, make a cup of tea and enjoy.