Hot and Nutty Cereal

I love oatmeal (porridge).  That’s love with a capital “L”.  It was one of the highlights – or quite possibly the only highlight – of a damp, grey, cold winter morning in England.  A big, steaming bowl of stand-your-spoon-up-in-it-thick, freshly cooked oatmeal with ladles of clumpy, brown sugar spread over the top and milk splashed all over.  YUM.  And then a little more sugar sprinkled on as I scooped my way down towards the bottom of the bowl.  YUM.  Fast forward a few years and I would routinely run downstairs to the cafe and grab two bowls of steel-cut oatmeal for Geoff and I to scarf down in the office, before most of the crew showed up for the day; because oatmeal is healthy, right?  Well, it turns out, not so much.  So until last weekend, this was the only oatmeal I indulged in anymore.

Last Saturday, when my eyes flew open at 4:46 am, I wanted oatmeal.  Really, really wanted oatmeal.  The temperature has been slowly falling with the golden leaves, the blinds have all been drawn, and the big, fat, fluffy duvet is back on the bed.  Sure signs of an impending oatmeal craving over at the Brown house.  Spurred on by an inbox full of requests for some oatmeal *SANEity, I shuffled off to the kitchen in my oversized, chunky, cable-knit sweater, the bottom half of my red checked PJs, and my bed-head hair tied up in a happy, perky – if rather messy – ponytail.  I rifled through the cupboards to see what might work for tricking my mouth and my belly into feeling the oh-so-delicious and familiar comfort on a chilly, heading-towards-winter morning.

I lined up a row of Le Parfait jars - filled with an assortment of nutty, seedy things – across the kitchen counter like soldiers standing to attention.  I pulled out the tray of spice jars & breathed in the delicious scent from each one.  I flipped the switch on my trusty electric kettle.  I love that thing.  Almost as much as I love my friend, Trey, who sent it over from New York for the Holidays one year.  The same Trey who spent a morning in the waiting room at Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan 2 years ago while my left kidney was trying to decide whether it would be more fun to explode or to just quit working.  Fortuitously, having a rather indecisive kidney gave the doctors enough time to sort it out before it all went horribly wrong.  That was a 5-day, $50,000 dollar staycation that I have no wish to ever repeat.  I remember that it was the weekend Chelsea Clinton got married and that the weather was lovely.  I am in denial about everything else, particularly the mafia Grandma next to me who had a revolving door of mob members gathered around yelling & cussing at each other across her bed from sun-up to sun-down, and the 6 shots of morphine that they pumped through my veins at 1 am – in a desperate attempt to stop me screaming loudly enough to wake the entire Upper East Side - when a stone in my kidney made a run for it.  I was particularly grateful for lots of really good drugs that weekend.

Happily, the contents of my neatly aligned jars also have magic powers to turn an ordinary, dull, Fall Saturday into something akin to a huge hug from a favorite friend.  Like the friend that Trey was to me when I found myself stranded in New York, 3000 miles from home, with an angry kidney, a renewed appreciation for painkillers, and hospital beds that move into all manner of positions at the quick flick of a remote control.  That bed was fantastic.  I wanted to bring it home.

Hot Nutty Cereal

Between stumbling out of bed last Saturday morning, and falling back in the sack last Sunday night I had eaten 5 bowls of this stuff.  A couple of times I added raspberries, Sunday morning a sliced pear slid right on in, and the other bowls I downed au naturel.  By bowl #5 I was already getting a bit jaded with the whole open-8-jars-and-scoop-stuff shenanigans, so I determined that what we porridge-lovers needed was an instant version.  Yes!  Now I have a jar full of mix all ready in the ‘fridge and this Hot and Nutty Cereal has become the fastest route to a big bowl of warm, comforting *SANEity.

Bizarre, maybe, but this made me even happier than those Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies did.  There’s no accounting for taste.

First, here is the recipe for two servings.

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Hot and Nutty Cereal
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Ingredients
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 2 TBSP sunflower seeds
  • 4 TBSP unsweetened coconut
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seeds
  • 4 TBSP almond meal
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon if you don’t have Pumpkin Pie Spice)
  • ⅔ cup / 2 oz. / 55g vanilla whey powder
  • 1 cup / 8 fl oz. boiling water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp xylitol
Instructions
  1. Place chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a coffee grinder and grind until fine. (If you use a blender such as a Vitamix be careful you don’t eat up with a paste!)
  2. Pour ground mix into a bowl, add ground flax seeds, almond meal, spice and vanilla whey powder.
  3. Mix well until completely blended.
  4. Add cup of boiling water and stir well. Leave to sit for one minute to thicken.
  5. Stir.
  6. Add more boiling water if you prefer a runnier cereal.
  7. Add vanilla extract, and xylitol or equivalent to sweeten to taste.

Hot Nutty Cereal

Here is the recipe for 10 servings of instant mix:

  • 10 tbsp chia seeds
  • 10 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 20 tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 10 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 20 tbsp almond meal
  • 10 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 10 scoops / 3 1/3 cups vanilla whey powder

In batches, place chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and coconut in a coffee grinder and grind until fine. (If you use a blender such as a Vitamix be careful you don’t end up with a paste!) Pour ground mix into a large bowl, add ground flax seeds, almond meal, spice and vanilla whey powder. Mix very well until completely blended.  Store in an air-tight glass jar in the ‘fridge.

Then, when you stumble into the kitchen, bleary-eyed from your 7 hours of shut-eye, here’s the recipe for 1 serving of instant Hot and Nutty Cereal:

  • 1/2 cup instant cereal mix
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp xylitol
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Place cereal mix in a bowl, pour on boiling water and stir very well.  Leave for a minute to thicken, and add more boiling water if you prefer a thinner cereal.  Add vanilla extract and xylitol or equivalent to sweeten to taste.  Voila!

Once you have figured out how much sweetener you use, you could also add that to the bulk instant cereal mix.  You don’t even need to do this at home.  Take your instant mix in a lidded bowl to work with you, add hot water when you get there and have instant yum right there at your desk.

Hot Nutty Cereal

 

 

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Cowgirl Rae - I’m going to try this for my DH, he is Canadian and LOVES Bobs Red Mill thick rolled oats cooked thick to stand up a spoon and chock full of flax and raisins. He is trying hard to forgo the oats but misses them. He may find this tolerable. I think he’d prefer a little texture so I will coarse grind it, more of a chop.

Thanks again for a creative solution.

To make it a bit more instant one could add vanilla powder?

carrie - Vanilla powder is a great idea – I have never used it – so will check it out. As always read the ingredients :-) I ground mine course too – I like texture in my porridge – otherwise it’s like a seed smoothie!

Kayla McColl - What an excellent idea Carrie!! It looks divine! BTW, I love your voice and attitude on the show- how you are always “reeling in” Jonathan. haha! It’s so enjoyable to listen to! Thank you for sharing your blog, stories, recipes and the podcast :)

carrie - That boy is such a problem ;-) Thanks for your kind words – you make it all worthwhile.

Kyle - I used Vega plant-based vanilla protein powder and part hazelnut meal, part almond meal and added chopped hazelnuts, golden raisins, and blackberries at the end. Was much uglier than yours, but still delicious. I no longer miss Kashi vanilla oatmeal! Next time I’m going to use my vanilla chai protein powder! From one bacon lover to another, this is a great alternative to eggs for breakfast. . Thank you!

carrie - Oh I love hazelnuts! I’ll have to try that :-) I love eggs, but for me there’s nothing quite like a steaming bowl of porridge on a cold morning. PS. Bacon lovers unite!

Shawna - Another home-run. This is very filling and VERY tasty. And I love that you can make it ahead of time for a really quick breakfast. I don’t know what xylitol is or where to buy it…imagine in the sweetener section? But I’ve been using Torani sugar-free syrups (the stuff they use in coffee/espresso)in my tea, hot cereals, yogurt, and occasionally on squash. I used the vanilla version in this. It’s sweetened with Splenda, so I assume it’s safe to use in a mostly SANE diet?

carrie - Shawna – Xylitol goes by brand name of Xyla. It will be in the sweetener section if stocked. I buy online in bulk because I use so much in recipe testing. Splenda is fine, so thumbs up on the Torani!

Heather Carson - Carrie, THANK YOU!! I just ate your porridge for the first time and it was fantastic!!
I so missed my oatmeal but not today. I didn’t even add the sweetener. I am going to make up the 10 servings above as I plan on eating this often.
-Heath

Cowgirl Rae - I made this for DH, I chopped the sunflower seeds coarsely and used raw flaked coconut and added 2T psyllium powder. For DH benefit I added 2T of thick rolled oats (he needed to SEE the value of it) He tasted it and said he would eat it. This is a LOOOOONG time oats eater and he misses his oats and flax.

Thanks for the recipe.

carrie - YAY!!!! Love it, Heather! This totally makes me not miss oatmeal too :-)

carrie - Awesome job, Rae!!!

Sarah - Fantastic recipe, Carrie. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I just ate this, and I am looking forward to having many more bowls of this in my future.

Alison - Thanks carrie love this recipe have made it with choclate whey protien delicious and added little greek yogurt also works well with strawberry whey protein . Looking forward to trying other recipes from your site.

carrie - YAY! Thanks so much for the feedbasck, Alison! I’ll have to try the chocolate whey – YUM :-)

carrie - Oh I am so glad you love it, Sarah! THANK YOU for your support :-) Did you make the big “instant” batch? I love a hot 15 second breakfast!!

Susan - Carrie, This recipe has been exactly what I needed to get over my need for oatmeal! As I am 1/2 British, I have seriously been missing my oatmeal with warm milk. This is great and I use warm unsweetened almond milk poured over it!

THANK YOU!

carrie - YAY!! Porridge lovers unite!!!

Bob - I’m going to have to try this. I made it through the Summer pretty well without missing my Scottish Oatmeal too much, but now that Fall has rolled around I’m jonesing for it.

I find breakfast so difficult because it has to be satisfying and fast. I get sick of eggs and just don’t like yoghurt for breakfast. The strangest thing is that I’ve found stir-fried vegetables with ham, a little fish sauce, Siracha and soy sauce makes an excellent breakfast, but not everyday.

carrie - Bob – have you tried mixing flavored whey powder into yoghurt? I find that helps me a lot – and then I eat it with the granola recipe I posted. It’s fast and very filling. I love your ham and veggie breakfast!

Sarah - One of my favorite things about this recipe is its ease of travel. I mixed up enough of the instant mix (everything but the water and vanilla)for two breakfasts and packed it for a 2 day trip to the in-laws. My in-laws try to eat healthy, so of course they offered us a bevy of carb-heavy, sugar-heavy breakfast options (bagels, muffins, pastries, cereal, muffins, and yogurt/granola parfaits). So glad to have this SANE cereal instead! Thanks for helping me make my Thanksgiving SANEr, Carrie!

carrie - Sarah – do you have any idea how happy your comment makes me??!!! I travel a lot and breakfasts can be really hard on the road. Since I drive most everywhere I usually end up taking my blender with me so I can make smoothies! When I can’t do that though, this and the SANE granola are total lifesavers. Happy, happy Thanksgiving!!

Janknitz - LOVE this, but OMG, Carrie. I was making the large recipe, going along adding 10 tbsp of this and 20 tbsp of that. I was on autopilot, so instead of adding 10 TEAspoons of cinnamon (I don’t like pumpkin pie spice) I added 10 TABLEspoons. OY!

I had to go out and buy more ingredient$ so I can add 2/3 more of the other inngredients to make the proportions right. This is turning into very expensive cereal, but I think I’ll have a lifetime supply. It’s yummy, so that’s a good thing! LOL!

Two thoughts:
1. If the protein powder is sweetened you may not need to add any more sweetener (I surely don’t!).
2. This is a GREAT travel breakfast idea! All you need to do is add hot water, easy to carry and you are always assured of a SANE breakfast when traveling. I plan to also pack some boxes of whipping cream (Trader Joe’s) to add to my coffee and a little on the cereal. I’m good to go. (Cream for a road trip, wouldn’t work in carry-on luggage if flying because of TSA rules but you could put it in checked luggage).

carrie - Janknitz – you made me LOL. OY, indeed!!!! Make sure you are using a SANE whey powder. The one JB and I use has 1g of sugar per scoop. You are right, it is a fabulous travel companion!

Catherine - Hi Carrie, BIG fan of the show and I’m lovin your recipes. This one I just made and it is Delicious!! Thanks for everything you do and keep the recipes comin!! :D

carrie - THANK YOU, Catherine! Your note makes it all worth while.

Dolores - Carrie, We come from the land down under. My husband loves oatmeal (no doubt due to his English ancestry), and really enjoyed this but we didn’t have any Vanilla Whey, so we substituted Chocolate Whey, it tasted really yummy. Ever inventive he put cold water in his and popped it in the microwave until it puffed up like oatmeal. A great success.

carrie - Hi Delores! Thanks for stopping by! We Brits do love our porridge :-) Glad that you loved it, and love your little tweaks to make it fit with your lifestyle. Feedback always appreciated!

ladyp1234 - I made this morning, and have just finished the second half now. I enjoyed it so thanks v much for incorporating all that goodness. Any ideas for how to get veg portions in alongside? Nothing from the veg drawer appealedto me….

Tracy - this was delicious. I just made it this morning and it tastes just like cream of wheat to me. next time, I think I will put cocoa in it and make it cocoa wheats. thanks!

tracy - very filling too. good for a winter morning or any summer day in England. lol

carrie - Hi Pen – when I eat this for breakfast, it’s pretty much all I can manage, so on “porridge” days I make sure I get extra veggies at lunch and dinner. I look at the day as a whole when figuring out the balance of veggies / protein etc, not each meal individually, because I just find that easier to manage and less daunting.

carrie - Great idea, Tracy!

Jennie Tod - Hi Carrie, love this recipe. As it is summer in Oz, I have been having it mixed with cold green tea and blueberries. I don’t add any sweetner or cinnamon but use chocolate protein powder. A fast and enjoyable breakfast before work.

carrie - Great use of Green Tea, Jennie!!

lorrie - Okay I’ve always despised any type of oatmeal, however since I’m always reading through everything out here, these ideas sound amazing!! I’ll be trying a few this weekend. Thank you all for your ideas hmm I might have to try some now these made me hungry :-D

Mel - Loving your blog and even more the podcasts, this recipe sounds great , after thinking oats ere good on a clean diet ( I soak mine overnight …. Half a cup oats to 1 cup of water, and a tbs of nay yog, its supposed to release something?? Any way I want to try this but don’t have a grinder??? I have a kmix blender and a rather crappy but ok processor is that ok. Don’t fancy pestle and mortar!! Ha ha

carrie - Thanks, Mel! Your food processor should work, it just may not grind as fine though. Oats are not good :-(

carrie - Lorrie – I’ll make an “oatmeal” lover of you yet!

Lorrie - My hubby now prefers this over oatmeal. I made a huge batch of it last week and we are now out and he requested more! Success.

carrie - Love this, Lorrie! YAY!

NM - What’s the weight or volume of “a scoop”? :-)

carrie - Great question, Nick! I thought I had gone back and updated all the recipes with an equivalent in cups, but I missed this one, sorry about that. 1 scoop = 1/3 cup. I will also weigh it and add a weight. Hope that helps!

Diana - I am making up my third batch of this right now, in industrial quantities. :-). My 4-year-old asks for this for breakfast now and even my husband grudgingly tried some and ate the whole bowl. We make it with plain whey powder and no sweetener and add fruit and creme fraiche. Heavenly!

carrie - Diana – love, love, love!!

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Matilda - I can’t believe I haven’t posted my thoughts on this recipe.

Another winner with this one Carrie. It’s so filling! I love it.
I love it even more with warm milk, or warm coconut milk, just like hot porridge. So very good. I didn’t need the extra sweetness or the essence as I loved the flavours just as they are.

Will so be making this one in bulk!

carrie - Oh Matilda – I love how excited you get about everything!! :-) I do love this cereal. And it is SO easy if you make it in bulk. Scoop, scoop, stir, done!

Barbra - Another fabulous recipe Carrie!! I have been enjoying this – a great replacement for the oatmeal I’ve been missing. I need to try Matilda’s suggestion to use coconut milk. Today I added some egg white and cooked it up as a pancake with a few strawberry slices on top – super yummy :)

Wildgeraniums - I just made this cereal this morning, and WOW!!! I actually like it BETTER than oatmeal-easy to make, full of flavour, and healthy. It is a great idea to make a large batch for the week. However, I wanted to mention that most seeds and nuts start to oxidize once they are ground, and it is recommended to keep them in the freezer after they have been ground to maintain the high level of goodness.
Thank you so much for this recipe, which needs to be shouted out around the world! Now I can offer my son something tasty and nutritious in the morning, and he can have his ‘cereal’ that he missed so much.

carrie - Wildgeraniums – your comments made me so happy!!!! THANKS for taking time to drop a note :-D

Pip - This recipe has really made a difference to me, Carrie. I was trying to go sane but I thought I couldn’t give up my bowl of oats (I didn’t even cook them, just added milk) but starting the day with starchy carbs made it so much harder to not eat them all day long. I started having this for breakfast instead and now the cravings have gone. Thank you!

carrie - Pip – this makes me so happy!!!! GO, Hot and Nutty Cereal! We don’t need no oatmeal :-))

Rochelle - Carrie~Does the ground chia and flax make this “gloppy-gooey” when prepared? My boyfriend doesn’t like the texture chia sometimes gives. The cereal sounds great to me though.

carrie - Hi Rochelle – the reason I grind the chia seeds is to avoid that gloppy-gooey-ness, so it really does not have a typical chia seed texture. I didn’t want people to know they were eating chia by the texture. Hope that helps! This is still the most popular recipe I have ever created :-D

Tricia H - AMAZING! I have been missing oatmeal for the past few years as I am trying to live grain free. I heard this recipe talked about on the Smarter Science of Slim radio program and knew I needed to try it this weekend. So excited to have hot cereal back in my life. Thanks! :)

Karen - I’m eager to try this for breakfast but I’m not entirely sure what you mean by unsweetened coconut. Is this what we would call desiccated coconut in the UK?

carrie - Hi Karen – yes desiccated is fine as long as it is unsweetened. Here in the US we can also get flaked coconut. It doesn’t matter which you use.

Rochelle - I made up a two serving batch and loved the flavor and it was plenty sweet without the xylitol but it mine did have the typical gooey chia texture. One serving kept me full for the entire morning! I blended the rest in a smoothie with banana and cacao powder and it was wonderful.

carrie - HI Rochelle, I am thrilled you loved the flavor! If you are looking to lose fat then you will want to go easy on starchy fruits like bananas.

Rochelle - Thanks Carrie, Fortunately, weight isn’t an issue for me but I generally limit my intake of high glycemic fruits and consume them with a high fiber food such as this cereal to reduce the glycemic load.

carrie - Lucky you, Rochelle! Good job on the combining with fiber too.

Sandy - I absolutely love this hot and nutty cereal, and its so adaptable, sometimes I add chopped walnuts, and extra sunflower seeds for more crunch, sometimes I add some cranberries to it, and sometimes I add a little coconut milk, almond milk, or just heavy cream (abt a Tbs) which makes it extra creamy. I generally always top with more cinnamon.

Now thanks to Kyle I will try with some chopped hazelnuts. Another possibility is pecans.

I personally do not add any xylitol since its sweet enough for me without it.

Alvin - Carrie you are a genius! I don’t know how you made all those random ingredients taste amazing, but it does! Thanks for helping us become more SANE

Chas S. - Delicious. I substituted shelled hemp seeds for the sunflower seeds as I’m not a big sunflower seed fan. As previous commenters mentioned, this recipe looks very flexible and easy to modify to fit your tastes.

Jean J - Call me weird, but I don’t grind anything up. I like the texture of the nuts and the coconut left whole. Sometimes I add walnuts or chopped almonds to add even more texture and nuttiness.

Kathleen - So, I recently tried ground flax and it caused me to have a severe acne breakout. Is there something I could use to replace flax in your recipes? I’d like to try this one.

carrie - Kathleen, I would simply replace with more sunflower seeds. Enjoy!

Sharon - Hello Carrie! I love this recipe. I’m trying to go SANE–am in my second month after a short break to eat pasta and miss a meal or two. First eating plan that makes me feel TOO FULL most of the time. Anyway, back to fulfilling daily protein requirements. Have you or anyone else calculated the PROTEIN AMOUNT PER SERVING? I would love to be able to chalk up several grams after this yummy treat. Thanks so much, and I hope you are still feeling better.

carrie - Hi Sharon – thanks for the recipe love! Hope this helps: http://marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/27141 Check out the tool towards the end of the post.

Kathleen - Just tried it. It was delicious, but super rich and filling. I couldn’t eat all of it. :)

James - Hi Carrie!

What is the reason to suggest a glass jar instead of plastic here and in other recipes like the lemon curd?

Thanks for all the hard work! I love this website!!!

Tiffany Crain - I finally made this Carrie! It was delicious! And, my daughter had used all the cinnamon. Even without cinnamon it was delicious. I went for the ten servings, also. Very pleased with this recipe!

carrie - James – I don’t use plastic for anything. I believe the chemicals in plastics can readily transfer into our foods, so I stick to glass for storage purposes. Hope that helps and thanks for the website love!

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