Mornings in my house often start with: “Mama, yogut and ganowa!” That’s the sound of my R-challenged two year old calling out for his breakfast.
He’s looking for yogurt and granola. And not the kind of granola you buy in a box or from a bulk bin, or even in a fancied-up super expensive bag from the farmers’ market. No siree, my kid is looking for mama’s homespun made-from-scratch cereal.
And who can blame him, really? As cereal goes, nothing from a box comes even close to the taste and texture of home-toasted grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
My standard DIY cereal recipe is oat-based—variations on this recipe, using whatever odds and sods I’ve got hanging out in my pantry—but I am always looking for new recipes to keep breakfast interesting. So I was happy to find this Quinoa Crunch Cereal in the pages of Nourish, the latest cookbook to hit my mailbox.
Nourish is written by a dietician (Cara Rosenbloom) and chef (Nettie Cronish) and filled with recipes that boost familiar foods like salads, dips, stews and stir-fries with the nutritional power of nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. The book features “whole-food, nutrient dense meals,” but without the pretense or impossible-to-source ingredients that you often find in the “clean eating” cookbook genre. These are accessible, everyday, family-friendly recipes.
This Quinoa Crunch Cereal calls for just five basic ingredients—quinoa, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, maple syrup and oil—and it’s simple and flexible enough to be tweaked to your family’s tastes. I added some cinnamon and sea salt to my batch, and subbed in sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds for the almonds so that my daughter could take it to school as a yogurt-topper.
This isn’t as substantial or toothsome as a boxed cereal or even homemade granola; it has a looser almost bird-seed-like consistency. So while it might just disappear in a bowl of milk, it adds a sweet and healthful crunch to homemade bircher muesli (as pictured here) or a bowl of plain yogurt, and would be great on top of one of those fancy green smoothie bowls.
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- 2 cups (500 mL) quinoa, rinsed [Note: I let the quinoa dry on a paper towel after rinsing it.]
- 1 cup (250 mL) sliced raw almonds
- ¼ cup (60 mL) raw sesame seeds
- 2 Tbsp (30 mL) pure maple syrup
- 2 Tbsp (30 mL) organic canola oil
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix together quinoa, almonds, sesame seeds, maple syrup and oil. Spread on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake until toasty and fragrant, 10-12 minutes.
- Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
- Store cereal in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. Serve atop yogurt or with milk.
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