My obsession with granola is pretty clear from my new book Dream Deli as I have 5 recipes for the stuff in there! All sugar free and a great way to start the day. But I’ve been looking for a raw version. A living granola of sorts. I’ve come across lots that require a dehydrator and in 8 hours you can enjoy a delicious bowl of it. But I wanted something more instant. I don’t like food to be work, I like it to enjoyable. Instant gratification in a bowl. So here’s my delicious blend of chia seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut and buckwheat. Buckwheat isn’t related to wheat and is gluten free and a rich source of protein. This mix needs to be soaked for 30 minutes but I’ve had it every morning for the past two weeks and it’s well worth the wait! Generally speaking I tend to get really hungry, breakfast at 6:30 then starving by 8. This actually, almost, keeps me going till lunch.
I’ve grated raw turmeric into this which is totally optional and I only do it to make it healthier and not for taste! Turmeric is one of the few foods I didn’t like (the other being truffles, yock!). I’ve read so much about it and how amazingly good it is that I’ve started to just add it to everything and TaDa! I love it! Phew. I add it to juices, pilaf, curries, and now in this breakfast.
I’ve read on lots of other blogs and websites about how delicious chia pudding is. To me it has no real taste. It’s a texture. Mixing it with water for 30 minutes won’t result in an amazingly gorgeous breakfast. It needs a little help. I won’t lie, this tastes like it HAS to be healthy but you feel fantastic after it, full of energy with no sugar crash. I actually love it now and change it each morning with different fruits or by adding grated raw ginger, cinnamon or crushed cardamom. I got my turmeric at my local farmers market at the organic stall.
I use coconut milk that’s really diluted with water. Coconut water would work too, any nut milks, soya or of course cow milk all taste great. Coconut is said to be good for curbing those sugar cravings so here’s to a great start to every morning!
Buckwheat, Chia and Turmeric Breakfast Bowl
125g sunflower seeds
100g chia seeds (whole)
60g coconut flakes
70g chopped nuts (Almonds, hazelnuts or brazil nuts are great)
Mix everything together in a jar.
Each morning simply place a large scoop of the mix in a bowl and pour over 250-300ml milk of choice. Add 2″ grated fresh turmeric root or 1 tsp cinnamon. Stir and leave soak for 30 minutes. Top with fresh fruit before serving. Clementines, apple, banana, pineapple and berries are all gorgeous with it.