Healthy Homemade Cereal

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One of the most challenging grocery items to find is a gluten free, refined sugar free and GMO free cereal. I have always loved a bowl of cereal, but since getting rid of gluten from my life, I have failed to find a satisfying replacement. Most gluten free cereals have loads of added sugars and are mostly made of corn. With so many nutritious and fibre packed gluten free grains, I found myself frustrated at the lack of grocery store options.

As my similar frustration with gluten free breads led to my recipe for the healthiest bread ever, I now introduce to you the healthiest cereal ever.

Using a base of simple puffed grains, I add cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup to make crunchy cereal. Puffed grains are an amazing no added ingredient product. The problem however is that they are tasteless, and lacking texture. By adding healthy fats and vitamin packed sweeteners, the result is a crunchy protein packed cereal without any guilt! Feel free to change your flavours by adding cacao powder, dried fruits, honey and so on. You can also choose one puffed grain or choose another variety. Other healthy options are puffed brown rice and amaranth.

In under 15 minutes you’ll have a delicious and healthy homemade cereal. Top with fresh fruit, chia seeds, and nuts and serve with homemade almond milk. Hope you love it.
Homemade Healthy Cereal

Homemade Healthy Cereal

Perfect smoothie bowl topping!

Ingredients:

•1/4 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled)
•1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
•2 drops liquid stevia or 1/2 tsp powder
•pinch of salt (pink himalayan is a plus!)
•3 cups puffed quinoa
•3 cups puffed buckwheat
•1 cup gluten free oats

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line a large baking tray with wax paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk cooled coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, stevia and salt until combined.

3. To the mixture add puffed quinoa, buckwheat and gluten free oats. Using a large spoon mix until the dry ingredients are well coated.

4. Pour cereal unto the baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes, tossing halfway through baking time. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
Homemade Healthy Cereal

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Mix with fresh fruit and nuts!

Superfood Popcorn

Superfood PopcornThis Clean Eating Goddess is more of a crunchy, salt girl then a dessert one. Chips and french fries are probably my biggest weakness and I literally don’t think I could survive a month without having either. My man refers to me as a chip monster. Yes. MONSTER. Thank god there are some great healthy alternatives out there. I love any chip containing beans, non GMO corn or brown rice as one of the first ingredients. It is also an added bonus if they are baked in olive oil rather than deep fried. It is ok to indulge in these kinds of treats but always remember to keep an eye out on portions. From my experience, NEVER eat from the bag- especially in the car. I have come very close to finishing off an entire bag of chips all by myself. When your driving or doing other activities like watching tv or working on the computer you seem to lose control and become less mindful about what you are actually eating. On the other hand, I know its hard to just have 12 chips. 12 chips are a tease. Many people turn to popcorn because of its large portion for little calories and fat. I don’t count calories, but I know that having an entire bag of chips isn’t the best for my waistline, or my health.

I know that most of us go for that reduced fat microwave popcorn thinking we are doing ourselves good. But when something tastes like butter without butter being in it at all, logic tell us the product has its share of chemicals. So whats the solution, you ask? The old fashioned way- right on the stove top. I have to say, I was quite impressed with just how easy this was to make. I will never go back to microwave popcorn again. The best part is you have complete control of the taste and ingredients that go into your healthy snack. I added lots of superfoods into mine to make it salty, crunchy and also good for you. In this batch, I cooked the corn in anti viral coconut oil and coated the kernels in anti inflammatory turmeric, omega 3 rich chia seeds and vitamin rich maple syrup!
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Ingredients:

• 1 cup corn
• 4 tbsp coconut oil
• good pinch of pink himalayan salt (regular salt is fine)
• 1/2 tbsp turmeric
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 1/4 tbsp garlic powder
• 1/4 tbsp chilli flakes
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
• 1 tsp sumac
• pinch of pepper
• Add ins (optional): dried cherries, 70% dark chocolate, unsweetened coconut flakes, any nut etc…

Directions:

1.Add corn and coconut oil to a large stock pot. Turn on the heat to medium high. Add a good pinch of salt. Wait for the oil to simmer. When the first kernel pops, cover and allow to continue until the popping slows down. Once it begins to slow down. Remove from heat and pour popcorn unto a large baking sheet.

2.In a your food processor add a small pinch of a salt and pepper, turmeric, chia, garlic powder, chilli flakes, nutritional yeast and sumac. Pulse until a powder forms.

3.In a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring your maple syrup to a simmer. Add your spice mixture and stir for 2 minutes to allow the spices to release their flavour.

4.Pour the spiced syrup over your popcorn and toss until evenly distributed. Be careful with your hands here- hot turmeric can stain your hands! (if your hands to get stained, scrub with hot soapy water)

5.Store in an airtight container. I added dark chocolate, dried cherries and coconut for a sweet and salty mix! Feel free to add nuts, dried fruit and other superfoods!Superfood Popcorn