It’s the middle of summer and I’m sure (if you don’t have air conditioning) the last thing you want to do is cook up a nice hot breakfast. Cereal is always a favourite especially when you taste that nice cold milk on a hot summer morning. Unfortunately most cereals have a lot of sugar in them, so why not make your own? Better yet, why not make you’re own milk too? Try this banana milk fruit and granola cereal bowl once and you’ll be hooked.
The banana milk is really easy to make, all you need is a ripe banana (try it frozen for those extra hot days), 1 cup of water, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 tsp of vanilla. Throw it all in a blender and there you have it! You can add in extra sweetness with some maple syrup if you’d like. This really brings your cereal game up a notch, trust me. Take is easy on the cinnamon though, I added a bit too much and it was a little intense.
Next you’ll want to throw in a nice variety of chopped fruit. I use apples, blueberries, strawberries and peaches. I cut up quite a few so I can throw the rest in an air tight container and keep it in the fridge for the rest of the week. Use whatever you have in the fridge, try kiwi or pear!
So far the recipe has been pretty straight forward however this part requires a little more work. I’ve been purchasing the Q’ia buckwheat cereal lately and thought it might be less expensive to make my own. I googled recipes that were based around Buckwheat and found one from blisfulbasil.com. Their recipe is for chocolate almond buckwheat granola, the chocolate flavour isn’t super strong so feel free to add more cocoa/cacao if you wish.
Once you’ve got the milk and fruit in the bowl, add the homemade granola on top with some slivered almond pieces.
- 1½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup raw buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup shelled hemp seeds
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅓ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil (I used only about a tablespoon)
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao or ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix dry ingredients in a larger bowl. (rolled oats, buckwheat groats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and cinnamon, salt)
- In a saucepan over low-medium heat, mix the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, cacao, vanilla extract until all ingredients are melted together.
- Pour the warm liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and toss to coat.
- Line a large baking pan with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil and spread the granola evenly over the pan.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, tossing halfway through, and remove from oven.
- Once the granola has cooled, add to your cereal and save the rest in an air tight container