I love cereal. It’s one of those comfort foods that’s always there for you when you need it. I actually tend to eat cereal more as an evening snack than a breakfast food. Breakfasts are full of juice and smoothies for me most of the time, but when I’m tired after a long day, it’s just so easy to pour myself a bowl of cereal!
This cereal’s a little different though. It doesn’t come out of a box. It isn’t processed beyond recognition (even the healthy cereals are pretty processed most of the time). And it’s made of amazingly delicious and nutritious raw superfoods!
It’s almost like a raw granola, except that this version is unsweetened (except for the yummy little goji berries), and it hasn’t been through a dehydrator. I don’t own a dehydrator (yet… it’s on my list), and I expect that many of you don’t either, so I figured I’d keep it simple and delicious.
Plus, check out all these nutrients!
Sprouted buckwheat- complete protein, fiber, B-vitamins, magnesium, manganese, selenium.
Goji berries- fiber, vitamin C, calcium, iron.
Raw almonds- protein, fiber, vitamin E, riboflavin, manganese, magnesium.
Raw pumpkin seeds- protein, fiber, vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc.
Coconut- fiber, manganese, copper, healthy fats.
Chia seeds- protein, fiber, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids.
A bit better than your average breakfast/snack, am I right?
- 3/4 cup sprouted buckwheat
- 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut
- 2 T goji berries
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 14 t ground ginger
1. Sprout raw buckwheat groats. (Instructions here. Will take 24-36 hours.)
2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Eat with almond milk, or, even better, homemade raw nut milk. You can also add a bit of stevia, agave, or maple syrup to your bowl if you like it a bit sweeter.
This was actually my first experience with sprouting buckwheat (or anything, really!) and it turned out superbly! It was so simple that I’m excited to begin sprouting more often! It really enhances the nutrient value of the grain/nut/seed, and makes the protein content skyrocket!
I felt amazing after eating this. I had a giant bowl for breakfast, after my green juice the other day. I thought I was going to explode because I ate so much, but my body handled it really well! I didn’t feel bloated or heavy like I would after eating a big bowl of regular cereal. I blame it on the raw.
Your body is made to absorb things better when their natural enzymes are intact (ie haven’t been heated above 115F). I’ve been making an effort to include more raw in my diet the past week, and I can really feel the difference. I have more energy, I don’t have to recover after meals, and I just feel a wonderful sense of lightness. I highly recommend trying to add more raw to your life, whether it be juices and smoothies, salads, sprouts, or raw nuts and seeds.
Note: most of the nuts and seeds that you find in the aisles of your grocery store have been roasted. Make sure you find somewhere that has bulk bins with items that are clearly labelled “raw”. Whole Foods is a great place to check out (although, I don’t actually shop there at all because of the prices), and I do the majority of my shopping at Fred Meyer (Kroger), which has an excellent bulk and natural foods section.
Happy Meatless Monday!