Hot Chai Cereal
This is a sweet, spiced hot cereal. It is reminiscent of a dessert but with the addition of chia seeds and hemp seeds it becomes a powerfully nutritious breakfast. The swirl of maple syrup and pinch of salt salt round out the flavors without tasting mapley or salty.
If you don’t happen to have mulling spices lying around, or given to you as a holiday gift as we gratefully were, you can substitute allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. Buckwheat groats are a gluten free source of insoluble fiber, minerals and B vitamins. They can be found in the bulk aisle, or in a Bob’s Red Mill bag on the cereal aisle. You could substitute steel cut oats. Chia and hemp are becoming very common, either in bags at the grocery store (even Costco!), or online.
For the kids, I omitted the brown sugar, and used whole milk rather than cream. They scarfed it up, not realizing their deprivation. I allowed myself those indulgent toppings and it was transformed from a breakfast cereal into a delicious treat. Coconut milk swirled in at the end also adds a decadent touch. Why shouldn’t breakfast be so intensely pleasurable? It makes starting the day a joy rather than a chore.
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- ¾ cup raisins
- 1 T mulling spices
- 1 T chia seeds (optional)
- 1 T hemp seeds (optional)
- 1 T maple syrup
- pinch sea salt
- cream, whole milk, or coconut milk to taste
- brown sugar to taste
- Bring buckwheat and 2 cups filtered water to a boil. Add mulling spices, raisins, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Reduce heat to low, put on lid, cook 12 minutes.
- Turn off heat, stir in maple syrup and salt. Add brown sugar and cream to top.
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