A simple but delicious chia cereal that is gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan. It's quick to make for breakfast and bursting with taste!
It seems like everyone is jumping on the chia cereal bandwagon these days, and not without good reason.
I’ve yet to see another breakfast option that is as quick, nutritious and easy to make as this is. You literally mix the ingredients together and leave them to soak.
When combined with the fact that you can customize it to your own preferences, this makes it a winner! It's a great combination of healthy fats, carbohydrates, fibre, protein and vitamins.
This Chocolatey Pecan Chia Cereal recipe was created by combining some of my favourite toppings.
I love using cacao beans or nibs for a burst of rich flavour alongside berries to add sweetness and colour, and nuts to add crunch. Coconut adds some delicious fattiness to the mixture and gives it a nice creamy taste. The banana adds sweetness and a nice colour contrast.
CHOCOLATEY PECAN CHIA CEREAL - SUBSTITUTIONS
I love that you can play with the ingredients in this recipe. It means that there are endless flavour combinations and you won't get bored of eating the same thing for breakfast each morning! Feel free to try your own favourite combinations of toppings if pecan and cacao don't work for you.
Other topping options - blueberries, toasted hazelnuts, almond butter and cinnamon.
Goji berries - try raisins instead if you're looking for a more cost-effective option.
Pumpkin seeds - can also use sunflower seeds instead. These are less expensive and are still really good for you.
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Chocolatey Pecan Chia Cereal (vegan & gluten-free)
- ¼ cup buckwheat groats (or ground flax seed)
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (or sunflower seeds)
- ¼ cup goji berries (or raisins)
- 6 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1½ cups almond or hemp milk
Optional - for sweetness
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ cup raspberries
- 3 tablespoon cacao nibs or cacao beans
- 12 pecan halves
- 2 tablespoon toasted coconut
- Mix all dry ingredients together.
- Divide the mixture between two cereal bowls, add almond milk (and maple syrup, if using) and whisk.
- Set aside for at least 15 minutes (stirring regularly) to allow the chia to expand.
- Add toppings and enjoy!
If you’ve tried this recipe, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I'd love to know how you’ve made it your own!