While we were on the road we once munched on Chia Seed Porridge from Russell James’ No Dehydrator Recipes e-book. A true breakfast of champions! We enjoyed it topped with banana slices, chopped apple, a little maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Really very good and filling too. One day for the life of me I couldn’t locate the oat groats! I was momentarily bummed but then decided to improvise with what I had. That turned out to be a good thing after all as I came up with this yummy and lighter grainless variation. You’ll need to plan a little ahead as it requires that you soak a few ingredients overnight.
The night before soak in a bowl:
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 ⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup dry coconut
- 1/4 cup almonds (although you could also use 1/2 cup of almond pulp left over from making almond milk instead!)
In a second bowl, soak:
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 6 small dates or 3 Medjhool dates
In a third bowl, soak:
- 1/4 cup chia seeds in 1/2 cup water
You will also need 1 1/4 cups of almond milk (link) for this recipe, so if you don’t already have some handy, you’ll want to soak your almonds overnight as well.
The next morning:
- If necessary make your almond milk first. (I usually use 1 cup almonds to 5 or 6 cups water)
- Drain and rinse your seeds/nuts from the first bowl. Then place in a high-power blender such as the Omni V 3HP blender.
- Drain the dates/raisins soak water (don’t throw it away!!!). Then place dates along with half of the raisins in the blender.
- Add the chia seeds to the carafe of the blender, along with 1 1/4 cups almond milk, 1/4 cup dried fruit soak water and 1/4 tsp cinnamon (or more!)
- Blend briefly so as to retain some texture.
- Transfer to bowls and fold in remaining 1/4 cup raisins.
- Top with fresh fruit of choice (I’ve used banana slices and chopped apple) and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.
– If it’s too the cereal’s too thick to your liking, simply add more almond milk or fruit soak water. –
– On a cold winter morning, for a warm cereal you could gently heat up the almond milk on the stove before adding it to the blender. Just make sure that the burner is on medium and stir the mixture constantly to avoid destroying the enzymes. –