I have always been a huge cold cereal person. There is just something so comforting about cereal, I don’t know what it is!
However, ever since being gluten and grain free, there are not a lot of cereals that I can eat. If a cereal is gluten free, it usually has corn or rice in it. I was so excited a few months ago, to see this recipe for a homemade grain free cereal on Eating Bird Food, and I have been making it ever since!
You basically make it like a granola – you cook the quinoa, let it cool, then mix it with buckwheat, and cook it until crunchy. The only problem is that it is a little messy to make – and you have to stir it every so often while baking so it doesn’t burn.
This last weekend, I had an epiphany – what if I cooked the cereal in a dehydrator, instead of the oven! I could spread it out on the dehydrator sheets, and let it dry out. Because that is really all you are doing – letting it dry out – not really cooking anything.
I really think one of my best investments this summer has been my dehydrator – I use it all the time!! This worked out so great – I made it before I went to bed at night, put it in the dehydrator, and it was ready in the morning! However, if you don’t have a dehydrator, you can definitely make this in the oven.
Quinoa Buckwheat Cold Breakfast Cereal
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1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 1/2 cups water
2 cups raw buckwheat groats
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, water, and salt. Cook over medium low heat for 20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Let cook slightly. (I actually only let it cool about 5 minutes because I wanted to go to bed!
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Spread out on dehydrator sheets OR on a cookie sheet. Dehydrate at 125 degrees for 6-8 hours, or at 325 degrees in the oven for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Store in an airtight container.
How do you like your cereal? I like fruit on mine! I chose not to add any sugar in this cereal, but instead add it when eating it if I want.
Or sometimes I might add chocolate chips and nuts and that adds enough sweetness for me!
I could eat this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Do you have a favorite cold cereal?