Cereal. Man, it’s the bane of my existence.
I am so excited because I can finally say we are a cereal free household.
Everyone has their hang up food, right? That one thing they really wish they didn’t have in the house. But it’s a tight rope dance. Cereal, while in no regards considered a ‘health food’ is still food that doesn’t require anything beyond raw milk & my kids getting it for themselves. And I don’t want you thinking I’m lying under my fluffy, white duvet with a satin eye mask on; awaiting my freshly squeezed juice. I’m still working, man. I’m packing lunches, I’m brushing hair, I’m breaking up fights & feeding the cats…
It took a lot of work & a lot of creativity but I am proud to say cereal isn’t something that’s in our house anymore. For now.
I’ve long been kicking around ideas that would be just as easy as cereal, but food that I could feel good about giving to the kids. I had a couple of really big requirements. It had to be dead easy (like 2 minutes or less to prepare) & it had to taste good (duh). That pretty much exempted every cooked breakfast I could think of unless I could be super good about prep work & made ahead muffins, waffles or boiled eggs & just pulled them from the fridge but like I said – it had to be dead easy & those things didn’t make the cut.
Then I landed on chia seeds. I was pretty doubtful they’d make any kind of edible food & dismissed the huge bag I’d bought from Costco. (Yeah, I buy things I sometimes don’t know if I’ll use. I like to think of myself as hopefully optimistic). Then I did an overnight soak & bam, I was sold. You may be thinking that something you have to soak overnight is actually not that easy, but sorry friend, you’re wrong. It takes no more brain power to make this breakfast than it does to clean your kitchen after dinner (that is, in fact, when I make my chia seed cereal).
Pour milk & chia seeds in a jar, add some vanilla & chopped nuts & give it a shake. Dead easy. Let it sit in your fridge overnight & in the morning, add some cinnamon, fresh fruit, shredded coconut & a drizzle of something sweet like honey or maple syrup. I actually eat mine without sweetener because the fruit gives it enough taste!
My kids love this because first, I call it cereal. Second, it’s cold (like cereal) & third, because it’s sweet (fruit) & crunchy (nuts) so it gives a similar mouth feel to cereal or oatmeal. If you are going nut free, I would do big crunchy coconut flakes or even dried bananas.
My kids have big plans for this chia seed cereal, most of which include chocolate chips. Of course it does.
For us moms, who should also get to eat breakfast occasionally, if I know my morning will be rushed & I have to hit the door early, I’ll make this & eat it in a mason jar in the car!
If you’re hoping to someday be a cereal free household, check out this recipe & give it a try!
Chia Seed Cereal
- Mason Jar
- 1 Cup of Milk (raw, almond, coconut)
- 4 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Green Apple, chopped
- Optional toppings: Honey or Maple Syrup, Fresh Fruit like Bananas, Green Apples, Strawberries, Blueberries, Pomegranate Seeds, Nuts (chopped), Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- In a mason jar, combine 1 cup of milk (of choice) & 4 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds. Add Vanilla, Cinnamon & Green Apple.
- Cover with a tight lid & shake the mixture until it's well combined.
- Refrigerate overnight (or for at least 6 hours).
- The next morning, shake or stir the mixture & divide mixture between 2-3 bowls.
- Top with sweetener, fresh fruit, coconut shreds or nuts & enjoy!