Cranberry Zinger Instant Breakfast Porridge

This instant breakfast is rocking my world (I even feel a little guilty for taking soooo long to publish it- I feel like I`ve been holding out-but really I was waiting for the perfect photo!).

I have never really enjoyed cold cereal and I can take or leave oatmeal, BUT this hot cereal is so good, I could eat it every day and in between meals for snacks (and I do!).

I got the idea from Ruth’s Cereal which I thoroughly enjoyed (but the kids’ didn’t). I started wondering if I could make a grain free version (Ruth`s has buckwheat and while I know it isn`t a grain per say, I work with people with digestive issues for whom even the seed grains are not tolerable).

What I love about this is that it is pleasantly sweet with the greenleaf stevia, dried fruit and fresh fruit on top, but has no need at all for honey or unrefined sugar. I really don`t enjoy any kind of concentrated sweet flavour at breakfast so this recipe is just perfect being that it is naturally sweet, yet not in that yucky way that leaves you hungry an hour later!

This cereal is raw but way easier to digest because it is soaked in hot water for just a few minutes.

I have to say that this recipe is my absolute favourite of all the recipes that I have ever developed! It is totally kid tested and approved!

I am super excited to share this with you not only because it is nutritious and delicious, but because of the difference it could make in your mornings when you are in a hurry and need a quick healthy breakfast that is as easy as `just add boiling water`! Hooray!

Cranberry Zinger Instant Breakfast Porridge

What you will need:
1 cup unsweetened cocononut or shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 cup cranberries (unsulphured)
1 cup chia seeds
1 cup raw walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp greenleaf stevia (optional)

How to do it:
Pulse ingredients for 10-20 seconds in a food processor or coffee grinder and store in a glass jar in the fridge.

How to use it for 1 adult serving:

4 Tbsp cereal
½ cup very hot water

Let sit for a few minutes to thicken.

(Child-size serving: 2 Tbsp cereal and 3 Tbsp hot water)

Then add (all optional-the recipe is great on its own too!):

hemp milk or cream to your taste

1/2 cup fresh fruit chopped into bite sized pieces

I also want to share with you how one of my lovely clients (who is also our lovely designer) came up with a fun recipe developing activity with her kids based on this recipe (hopefully it will inspire you to do this with your kids too)!!

She took this base recipe and let the kids decide what kind of fruit and nuts they wanted to add to theirs!

Here is a shot of some of their creations:

When you are making your own versions, the most important thing to do is include chia seeds  (I also recommend keeping the proportions for the best texture).

Please share your favorite versions with us so that we can all have the benefit of a variety of nutrient dense fast food breakfasts!!

  • lori

    this is a great combo — thx for sharing, Adrienne. Kev is a HUGE cereal fan. Could we use flax too (or as a substitute for chia) ?

    • Adrienne

      You could add flax for sure. Both get kind of gelatinous altho it seems to me that flax takes a bit longer than chia to get that consistency so not sure you would want to go 100% but check it out! Also- you can get chia practically anywhere these days… I am pretty sure the Vita Health on Dakota carries it. If you were whipping it up tonight, sub in the flax tho!

  • Carrie

    We don’t have any cranberries in the house at the moment so I replaced with a mixture of goji berries and organic raisins. Then I swapped the ginger and cinnamon (I’m allergic) for maple flakes with a generous pinch of chili powder. Yum!

    • Sherry

      Omiword! That sounds amazing!

  • Jess gallagher

    so funny! I have been making a version of this for a few weeks now. I use both chia and flax (equal amounts). I also add raisins, goji berries, grated ginger, and whatever else I have in the cupboard. It’s delicious.

    • Sherry

      Great minds think alike!!

  • Kelly S.

    Do you pulse the cranberries??

    • Sherry

      Yip!I Throw it all in there!! The photo shows a few extra cranberries for the sake of a beautiful photo!

  • Cindy Balkwill

    I tasted this at Sherry’s house the other day during photo shoot and I can’t stop thinking about it, it was awesome!

    • Sherry

      Thanks Cindy!!