This unassuming-looking bowl of porridge-y stuff was the #1 recipe on my blog for several years. Why? O A T M E A L. You lovely people love your oatmeal. And when it’s unceremoniously taken away from you despite years of hearing how “heart-healthy” it is, you lead a revolt to find a stand-in. Enter Hot Vanilla Seed Cereal. Beloved by legions of low-carb fans across the globe, this is almost the stuff of legends. It also takes 30 seconds to whip up, once you have the mix made up. Perfect for weekday mornings or an on-to-go meal. Take the mix with you and all you need to do is find some hot water. BOOM!
It came about because one day, many moons ago, I woke up and *really* wanted porridge. Because I love porridge, but porridge doesn’t love me. Read about my porridge crisis and how this bowl of yum came to be. Hot Vanilla Seed Cereal may just save your mornings.
If you are one of the unfortunate folks who can’t tolerate whey protein powder, then check out alternative protein powders such as hemp. Just don’t use egg white powder, because the boiling water will give you a bowl of nutty, seedy, scrambled egg whites. Likely not what you had in mind.
If you are wanting to up your fats, I highly recommend serving this Hot Vanilla Seed Cereal with heavy cream (see picture). It’s delicious. It’s also delicious naked.
Hot Vanilla Seed Cereal
Author: Carrie Brown | Prep time: 4 mins | Cook time: 1 mins | Total time: 5 mins | Serves: 2
What You Need
- 2 TBSP chia seeds
- 2 TBSP sunflower seeds
- 4 TBSP unsweetened coconut
- 2 TBSP ground flax seeds
- 4 TBSP almond meal
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon if you don’t have Pumpkin Pie Spice)
- 2/3 cup / 2 oz. / 55g vanilla whey powder
- 1 cup / 8 fl oz. boiling water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp xylitol OR erythritol
What You Do
- Place chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a coffee grinder and grind until fine. (If you use a blender such as a Vitamix be careful you don’t eat up with a paste!)
- Pour ground mix into a bowl, add ground flax seeds, almond meal, spice and vanilla whey powder.
- Mix well until completely blended.
- Add cup of boiling water and stir well. Leave to sit for one minute to thicken.
- Add more boiling water if you prefer a runnier cereal.
- Add vanilla extract, and xylitol or equivalent to sweeten to taste.
Here is the recipe for 10 servings of instant Hot Vanilla Seed Cereal mix:
- 10 tbsp chia seeds
- 10 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 20 tbsp unsweetened coconut
- 10 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 20 tbsp almond meal
- 10 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 10 scoops / 3 1/3 cups vanilla whey powder
In batches, place chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a coffee grinder and grind until fine. (If you use a blender such as a Vitamix be careful you don’t end up with a paste!) Pour ground mix into a large bowl, add ground flax seeds, almond meal, spice and vanilla whey powder. Mix very well until completely blended. Store in an air-tight glass jar in the ‘fridge.
Then, when you stumble into the kitchen, bleary-eyed from your 7 hours of shut-eye, here’s the recipe for 1 serving of instant Hot Vanilla Seed Cereal:
- 1/2 cup instant cereal mix
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 tsp xylitol OR erythritol
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Place cereal mix in a bowl, pour on boiling water and stir very well. Leave for a minute to thicken, and add more boiling water if you prefer a thinner cereal. Add vanilla extract and xylitol or equivalent to sweeten to taste. Voila!
Once you have figured out how much sweetener you use, you could also add that to the bulk instant cereal mix. You don’t even need to do this at home. Take your instant mix in a lidded bowl to work with you, add hot water when you get there and have instant yum right there at your desk.
Top Recipe Tips
- Use either black or white chia seeds – nutritionally there is no difference. White is just prettier to look at in some recipes.
- Check out the Ingredients Guide for information on ingredients.
- Where Are The Macros and Nutritional Info?
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