Friday, 6 April 2012

Hot Cereal

I make this quite often- basically whenever I don't have any pre-made raw "granola" to use for a cold cereal. I've seen several different recipes that are similar on the web, but this is a pretty basic breakdown to get you started on your own hot cereal adventures!

1/2 cup buckwheat groats or quinoa, uncooked.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vanilla flavoured almond milk (or other vanilla flavoured milk)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
other mix-ins (sliced almonds, other roughly chopped nuts, sliced bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apples- whatever.)

1. Heat water, milk and buckwheat (or quinoa) in a pot until it reaches boiling. Lower the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook to the directions on the package. (Buckwheat is about 12 minutes, quinoa is 15-17 minutes normally.) *I like mine to be a bit mushy and liquid-y, therefore I start off with a lot of liquid. Cook to directions on the package if you are unsure- equal parts water and milk is the unwritten rule for this.
2. When almost done, mix in raisins and nuts, if using. I like to add them in when there is about 1-2 minutes left, so they get soft and warm.
3. When done, add in other mix-ins you might want. I usually add bananas and blueberries. Add more milk if you desire, I usually do at this point.
4. Transfer to bowl and serve! Enjoy a protein packed breakfast that will sustain you!

Mix-In Ideas:
- sliced apples or applesauce, raisins, chopped pecans, extra cinnamon and ground cardamon seed.
- bananas, sliced almonds and a spoonful of almond butter, mixed in while still cooking.
- strawberry, banana and blueberry (omit cinnamon and raisin)
- sliced almond, banana and raw cacao powder (omit raisins) - haven't tried this yet, but it is on my to-try list, yummy chocolate!

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