Multigrain Hot Cereal with Apples and Raisins
Serves 4 (makes about 4 cups)
A steaming bowl of hot cereal is one of the most comforting ways to start the day. Our version combines rolled oats, quinoa, and buckwheat groats (kasha) for a tasty, high-protein breakfast loaded with fiber. It will keep you satisfied until lunch time!
Buckwheat groats and quinoa add a slightly chewy texture and a mild, nutty taste, while grated apple, raisins, and cinnamon lend sweetness and spice. Groats are readily available in natural food stores, but you can easily substitute pearled barley or cracked wheat if you prefer. Kids can vary the cereal by adding other favorite fruits (fresh or dried), a handful of nuts, or by using maple syrup instead of honey.
For even more protein, mix in a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter. Depending on their age, kids may be able to make this cereal for themselves, or help out with the measuring and stirring. Leftovers reheat beautifully in the microwave.
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt1/3 cup buckwheat groats (kasha)
1/3 cup quinoa
2/3 cup thick rolled oats
1 large organic apple, coarsely grated (unpeeled, cores discarded)
1/3 cup Earthbound Farm Organic Raisins
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more to taste
Honey or brown sugar, optional
Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium-size saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat and add the groats and quinoa. Cover and simmer the mixture over low heat for 7 minutes. Add the rolled oats, cover, and simmer for 6 minutes. Stir in the apple, raisins, and cinnamon, cover, and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the cereal sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
Divide among bowls and serve hot with honey or brown sugar, if desired. Add milk if you like a thinner consistency.
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