Oh, cereal. We have a history. Growing up it was give me all the fruit loops and honey grams you could muster. Or maybe I felt like having my milk turn chocolatey so I would grab the coco puffs. Or maybe I had a basketball game that day and needed some good fortune so I would go for the lucky charms. And hey, I would never have turned down a bowl of kix. Or corn puffs. Or any version of the famous pebbles and captain crunch. I almost forgot, HONEYCOMB. Yeah, I was a cereal-head, and still would be if it wasn’t for that thing called “knowledge” that your sweet, naive kid-ness gets tainted with as you get older. All the processed sugar and gluten and additives that were probably reeking havoc on my developing nervous system. Man they tasted so good. But then had to go bye-bye once the truth was revealed to me. As did cheese-its, wheat thins, and so many other wonderfully horrible for you packaged goods. It was around this time that the word “calorie” was explained to me, and when I was explained the difference between working out and going outside to play. Ever since this time in my life I have been trying to hold onto kid-dom in any way I can. Which is part of the reason I love going camping and getting off the grid to go adventure and play. Only out there can my mind be truly free of the adult obligations I balance each day in life. Where your kid spirit is free to play. I try to find ways to do this on a more attainable day to day too, such as with my grown up cereal! Okay, okay it may not be captain crunch. But the freeze dried berries remind me of those crunchy, fruity orbs of deliciousness that use to float in my cereal bowl (TRIX, I almost forgot TRIX!). Plus my adult conscience can fear not with the amount of superfood goodness found in this bowl. Superfood deliciousness equals a better equipped and energized body that is now ready to go outside and play!
Oh muesli, how has it taken this long for me to find you? (Never mind that I pronounced you wrong until my two favorite kiwis set me straight in this video.) You are so perfect. You do not require any added sugar like your granola counterpart, or any cooking like your oatmeal sister. You are raw and the perfect cereal. Okay now I’m done being odd and talking to my muesli. I mix up my grains with gluten free rolled oats, flaked quinoa, and flaked amaranth. Then I add in superfood chia seeds, hemp seeds, and some cardamom for extra flavor. After scooping my mix into a bowl I top it off with sunflower seeds, pepitas, and my “summer fix” in the winter – freeze dried berries! I prefer to soak my sunflower seeds and pepitas overnight to activate them and make digesting them even easier – but you can eat them in their raw form if that’s your thing. Make sure you buy organic freeze dried berries to avoid eating concentrated balls of pesticides. Click here for info on why freeze dried fruit is so good for you, and here for a great gluten free grain mix if you do not wish to make your own. Happy cereal munching!
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Make 4 servings of 1/2 cup each.
2 cups rolled grains*
4 teaspoons chia seeds
4 teaspoons hemp seeds
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
pepitas hulled pumpkin seeds
freeze dried berries
*For the rolled grains I used a mixture of gluten free rolled oats, flaked quinoa, and flaked amaranth. You can also get ahold of a blend of these three here.
Toss your grains, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and cardamom (cinnamon is wonderful too) together and store in an airtight glass jar at room temperature. Scoop 1/2 cup portion into a bowl, top with your desired amount of toppings, and serving with almond milk (or your choice of milk). Mix well and keep a little almond milk on the side to add as you eat if you’d like, seeing as the grains soak up quite a bit.