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Tuesday
Feb282012

Blueberry Vanilla Chia Cereal

There is an outfit out of Canada that makes a pretty tasty apple cinnamon chia cereal. I took a look at the ingredients on the back of the package and came up with this blueberry vanilla version. Chia seed is a super food that will leave you feeling satisfied for hours and this cereal couldn't be easier to throw together and prepare. Read more about chia here.

For a number of the ingredients called for in this recipe I turn to the Etsy store, Simply Claudine. The coconut sugar I get from Simply Claudine is superior to all others I have tried. And prices are quite competitive! Stop by Simply Claudine for unique and useful items to help you bake your way to a masterpiece—or to mix up a batch of this nourishing chia cereal.

Instant Blueberry Vanilla Chia Cereal

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free (buckwheat is not a grain) | Sesame-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan | Raw (ensure all ingredients are in their raw form)

Ingredients:

1-1/4 cups WHITE or BLACK CHIA SEED
1 cup SLICED ALMONDS
1/2 cup raw BUCKWHEAT GROATS
1/4 cup DRIED BLUEBERRIES
1/4 cup COCONUT SUGAR
1 teaspoon CINNAMON
1 VANILLA BEAN, sliced down center and spread open
Generous pinch of SALT

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and give it a good shake.
  2. Store in refrigerator or in a cool dry place.
  3. I like to allow the vanilla bean to infuse the cereal with its flavor for a couple of days. The tiny seeds of the vanilla bean are edible and may be scraped out. Just refrain from eating the pod :)

TO PREPARE CEREAL

  1. Mix 3 tablespoons cereal mixture with 1/4 cup very hot water or non-dairy milk. Let stand 3 minutes.
  2. Enjoy!

Reader Comments (46)

I would like to make this recipe, and would like to enter the giveaway. Thanks!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWeedwacker

wow, this looks delish. I have loads of chia, but no vanilla pods.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteresther

Came across your blog through Ricki of Diet, Dessert & Dogs....I've never tried that chia cereal but I have a feeling I'd like your homemade version better! If Canadians are allowed to enter the giveaway, I'd love to win!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve

I would love to win some Chia seeds! I have been dying to try them in so many recipes!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea C.

This recipe sounds divine! I have been wanting to experiment with Chia seeds, but have been unsure how! This recipe seems like the PERFECT \\\"jumping off\\\" point! Thanks so much!

bsimmang@comcast.net

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandee Simmang

Looks yummy! I would love to enter the giveaway and try this recipe!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Looks absolutely delicious. I would love to win those ingredients.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Do you dry your own blueberries? I have been experimenting with my dehydrator and fruit and I just can't get the fruit to taste the same (texture-wise) as store bought such as Bare Fruit.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGina C.

Sounds delicious. I love Chai and blueberries.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpatti krueger

thanks for the idea, i just purchased some chia seeds and wasn't sure what to even do with them!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLT

I am brand new to chia seeds, and this recipe looks great. Looking forward to trying it!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin L

I have recently discovered Chia seeds and have been adding them to everything from smoothies to stir fry to water! I love them! I have also recently learned that I have a gluten sensitivity and have been missing my morning breakfast cereal. Thanks for a great new idea! Would love to be entered for the giveaway too!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia

My son has allergies and I am excited to try this! Thank you! Looks yummy :).

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura J.

Thanks so much for this recipe!!! I absolutly love chai!! And thanks for the giveaway!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

I'd love to enter the draw. This sounds very tasty. I usually have sprouted buckwheat and soaked almonds with some fruit in the morning. I think I'll make this recipe (without the almonds and buckwheat) and add it to my soaked/sprouted ingredients!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherylAyres

Sounds delicious, I would love to enter the giveaway

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Count me in. I'm always looking for a new gf/cf breakfast recipe.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy

What's the texture of the raw buckwheat groats like? I tried them cooked and they were rather gritty.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Genevieve ... you bet, Canadian entries accepted with open arms! : )

Gina C ... I buy my dried blueberries at our local natural food store in the packaged bulk section. They are chewy and delish!

Cheryl ... great idea!

Laurie ... raw buckwheat groats add crunch—much like that of millet. Some people like to sprinkle them onto salad.

xoLexie

February 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

I never heard of chia seeds, but would love to try this!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

This sounds delish...and so easy! Love it. Also headed off to check out Simply Claudine's shop now!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney @ Whole & Free

That cereal sounds so good, and I love that I could take it to work, and just add hot water or milk! I have never had coconut sugar, but would love to try!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane

This looks absolutely delicious! I recently had my first taste experience with chia seeds about a month ago and think they are amazing- my 4 year old son loves them too. We put them in everything from oatmeal, cereal, smoothies, baked goods, yogurt- and we love chocolate chia pudding :)

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Looks delicious. Im very interested in adding more chia seeds to my diet.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

We adore chia seeds and this cereal sounds wonderful. I would love to win some of the ingredients for the cereal as my daughter especially would love it.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa~~

I would love to make this recipe and also be entered into the giveaway
Many thanks, Lisa

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

This sounds scrumptuous! Would like to try it.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertammy

I am new to your site and this recipe sounds goods. I am not only gluten intolerant, but also grain intolerant. Would love to know if you have any suggestions for substitutions for the buckwheat groats.

Would also love to be included in the drawing for the giveaway.
Sabrina

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

Can't wait to try this!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLara

Was linked to your website from whole life nutrition, so excited to try this recipe. I am also looking forward to making your sesame bars for my 3.5 year old, might add some dried berries for colour. Thanks for the great looking recipes :)

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Found your site through Whole Life Nurtition, can't wait to try this recipe! Also looking through all your snack items and we are making your sesame bars today, hoping my 3.5 year old will eat them. Thanks for the great looking recipes

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

This looks delicious! Thank you.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy in CT

Love this! Yum! I actually still have some raw buckwheeat kicking around in my pantry. And of COURSE chia seeds in the fridge.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

wow this granola sounds amazing and simple!

I've had that apple cinnamon cereal ( and the cranberry ginger) and love it but at $8 a bag it's a luxury. Thank you www.nourishingmeals.com for posting this link and to you Lexie for the chia inspiration.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Rowe

Andrea ... THAT's the cereal I was attempting to recreate : ) Didn't want to mention names b/c it's good stuff and I don't want her to go out of business, ha! That said, it is so inexpensive to make especially when you buy the ingredients in bulk. The almonds I purchased from Costco (not organic though) -- most of the rest for SimplyClaudine. Thanks for visiting! And let me know how you like the cereal. I bet that cranberry ginger flavor is delish. I can't find Ruth's around here ... was introduced to it on a Whole Foods shopping trip in Las Vegas—so yes, had to make my own. xoLexie

March 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Thanks for the great ideas for breakfasts that we can make at home ahead of time for those mornings we need something quick but that does not compromise my intention to eat more healthfully.

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Shoot, I just wrote a long comment and didn't do the followup before going on to your brownie post. I don't think it got published.

Well, darn -- anyway, I just made granola this morning as well. I use an old recipe I created years ago and it's always nice to have some new inspiration. Next time I'm adding dried blueberries. Thanks for the idea!

Melissa

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterglutenfreeforgood

How ironic that you posted this, I am waiting for my first shipment of that cereal! (it's being provided as a review product though.) I just need some buckwheat groats so I can make my own!

March 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Lexie, I have a question... I have never had anything with buckwheat groats, so I jut want to confirm. You can eat these raw? (or, shall we say, after soaking in hot water for a few minutes?) They don't need to be soaked or anything first?

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCara

Cara, buckwheat groats may be eaten raw. If you have serious digestive issues, they can be soaked for 20-60 minutes (some people soak overnight, but I've read that this waterlogs them). If I am using them for a little crunch (say in this cereal or on a salad) I don't bother soaking. That said, if you have the time and feel it would be easier on your GI, you can soak and then dehydrate. The purpose of the buckwheat in this recipe (aside from nutrition) is for a little crunch. Some say they are bitter and hard. I don't find this when used in small amounts. I hope that helps. xoLexie

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

So funny to read that you based this on THAT cereal from Canada. I did the same thing. Had bought if for my son and after reading the ingredients, figured I could make it myself. Son says mines even better than theirs. (It's sure much less expensive!)

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

Thanks so much for a healthier and more economical breakfast cereal. I think I will use my dried cranberries and make it up tonight! Also thanks for the tip on where to buy coconut sugar. I love your site!
Ali

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli Williams

Who won the giveaway?

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

Tiffany, The winner was Haley. I announce winners on Facebook and contact the winner directly via email. : )

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

I have been suffering horribly with inflammation in my body so visited a great naturopath who suggested I go gluten and dairy free. I love my morning yogurt and muesli so in searching the web, I happened upon your site and recipes for both. I look forward trying your coconut milk yogurt and your muesli recipe. I will then expand to others. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

October 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose

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