Friday, July 26, 2013

Chia and Buckwheat Cereal (Homemade Holy Crap)

My boyfriend loves Holy Crap Cereal.  You maybe heard about it from the show "Dragon's Den" or perhaps if you live in Canada, you've seen this cereal at your local health food store.  If you live elsewhere, you may have come across Qi'a (which I hear is actually being sold at Costco now, from one of my TIU sisters).

Anyways, both cereals are full of wholesome, delicious ingredients, packed with fiber, protein, and Omegas. The problem... they are expensive!! The BF pays like $14 a bag, which is only 8 servings!  Not to mention, Holy Crap also has hemp hearts, and guess what, I'm allergic to hemp products, so I can't even eat the cereal.

To remedy the cost issue, I decided to go to the bulk section of my local health food store (Herb & Spice) and purchase the ingredients (after consulting the back of the Holy Crap bag).  To remedy the issue of my hemp allergy, I decided to substitute some other high protein, high healthy fats ingredients - quinoa flakes and flax seeds. (Not a perfect substitute for the amazing hemp hearts, but still gluten-free!)

In the end, I was definitely happy with the result.  The cereal is crunchy, nutty, and I feel good eating it, because I know that it is good for me!

The BF just came home from work (he works 3 weeks, then has a week off at home), so he hasn't tried his "man cereal" yet, but I will update you when he has.

Chia and Buckwheat Cereal

Inspired by Holy Crap Cereal and adapted from Veg Girl RD
Approximately 20 servings (of 2 tablespoons)

3/4 cup buckwheat groats
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries (look for unsweetened or apple juice sweetened)
1/4 cup organic sultana raisins
3 tablespoons dried apples, chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

To serve, mix 2 tablespoons of cereal with 4 tablespoons of liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, regular milk, your choice) and lots of fruit!

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