"Birdseed" Hot Cereal

6:00 AM

So, for my first post of the new year, I decided to go with something healthy.  Try to keep up with those New Years' resolutions, right?  :) 

A few years ago, my aunt created this "Birdseed" Hot Cereal or "Daniel's Pulse" (taken from the Bible story of Daniel and the King's food, in Daniel ch. 1).  Anyway, my aunt was reading about the health benefits of a number of different grains and after reading this scripture, she decided to combine all these grains to make a hot cereal.  

I love this cereal.  It's a great quick breakfast in the morning, that is substantial and leaves you feeling full.  I often make a little extra and knead the leftover cooked cereal into my whole wheat bread for some seriously good seedy-bread.  

Disclaimer: Please note that this is not birdseed that you'd buy at your local home and garden store!   While it may look similar, please don't cook that up for breakfast.  Also note, I'm not a nutritionist, nor is my aunt.  This hot cereal probably won't cure cancer or make your cavities disappear.  It will, however taste yummy, and it just might be a little better for you than certain sugary cereals.  :)  

"Birdseed" Hot Cereal 

  • 1 c. Kamut Khorasan Wheat 
  • ¾ c. Rye 
  • ¾ c. Hulled Barley 
  • ¾ c. Oat Groats 
  • ¾ c. Millet 
  • ¾ c. Quinoa 
  • ¾ c. Spelt 
  • ¾ c. Buckwheat
  • ¾ c. Brown Rice 
  • ½ c. Teff
  • ½ c. Chia Seeds 
  • ½ c. Amaranth 
  • ¼ c. Flax 
  • ¼ c. Poppy Seeds 
  • ¼ c. Sesame Seeds 
  • ¼ c. Hemp Seed 
  • ¼ c. Sunflower Seeds 
  • ¼ c. Pumpkin Seeds 
  • ¼ c. Sorghum (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large storage container.  Mix thoroughly.  

1 serving = ¼ c. of birdseed

To prepare:  Combine ¼ c. birdseed with ¾ c. water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover and let soak overnight.  Reheat in the morning, stirring in any additions (a few drops of almond extract, cinnamon, chopped nuts, dried or fresh fruit, honey/maple syrup, brown sugar, or any other toppings you can think of).

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