Grain Free Hot Cereal – Recipe
One of the biggest struggles I had when I went grain free was breakfast. Sure eggs were great, and I enjoyed the occasional breakfast meat, but with no cereal, no toast, no bagels, no english muffins, what was I supposed to eat in a hurry or when I didn’t feel like cooking? Enter the grain free cereal. The recipe itself is actually a combinations of several that I found for grain free granola, with my own twist. It can be eaten hot or cold, but I prefer heating it.
I’ll admit, this is certainly not the most attractive looking cereal, and it’s not the most attractive looking photo either, sorry about that. But the cereal itself is easy, good, and packed full of protein.
Ingredients: (This would make enough for 1 1/2 to 2 servings)
1 c Almonds
1/4 c Unsweetened Coconut (optional)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1/2 can coconut milk (or you can substitute whatever milk you prefer. I like to use coconut milk because it is so nutrient dense and because I’m always looking for ways to get more coconut in my meals).
Dried Fruit to taste (optional)
A small bit of stevia or honey (optional)
Yes, all you really need is the almonds and some sort of milk to make this work
Step 1: Place almonds in a food processor (you could also use a blender if you have a good one). For optimal nutrition, use almonds that have been soaked and then dried thoroughly. Grind until desired consistency. The thinner your grind, the smoother your cereal will be. I prefer mind to be something that requires chewing, so I generally grind it course.
Step 2: Toss in the coconut just long enough to mix it in. The coconut is optional. If you are using coconut milk it adds to the coconut flavor a little.
Step 3: Put into a bowl or pot, whatever you will be heating it with (see step 4). Add coconut milk and vanilla if desired. The coconut milk will stay on top of the cereal, so you’ll need to mix it up really well. Once it is mixed, add dried fruit (I use raisins usually) if desired. The dried fruit adds sweetness to the cereal. I find that with them I rarely need to add any type of sweetener.
Step 4: Heat until warm. You don’t need to heat this up a long time. I generally find it to be at a nice temperature after 30-40 seconds in the microwave (I start with all room temperature ingredients). I heat it in the microwave because for me it’s the meal I go to when I don’t want to cook. You could easily heat it up in a pan and avoid the microwave altogether. Just be sure to stir frequently. Just heat it to the temperature you want to eat it at.
Step 5: It’s ready to eat. If you would like it sweeter, add some Stevia , honey, or whatever your personal diet allows to sweeten it up. It takes very little if any, especially if you have used dried fruit.
If you try it out, let me know how it works for you!