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Grain-Free, Nut-Free Hot Breakfast Cereal

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My body thrives on a grain-free diet. Sadly, as much as I love {gluten-free} oats, they do not love me. Due to the recent drop in temperatures, I was craving a hot breakfast cereal. What’s a girl to do when too many nuts make me feel icky, grains make me feel icky, etc? Well, the inspiration for this Grain Free, Nut Free Hot Breakfast Cereal actually came from a hot cereal I saw in a very expensive little bag at the store (and for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it). It’s ingredients were buckwheat, hemp protein, and chia seeds. I decided to go home and see if I could make something similar since I had all of the ingredients on hand. I was pleasantly surprised with my results, and the kids even liked it, too. 

Grain-Free Nut-Free Hot Breakfast Cereal Recipe- Allergy Free AlaskaI don’t normally like buckwheat, but I’ve found that freshly ground buckwheat flour tastes amazing. When you make this cereal and serve it right away you can’t even pick up on the distinct buckwheat flavor. It’s when you make this cereal in advance and it sits, that the flavors have a chance to merry. That’s when the distinct buckwheat flavor tend to shine through. So… fyi. 😉 And yes, I agree – the name buckwheat is deceiving. Buckwheat is actually not related to wheat at all, but is a fruit seed in the same family as rhubarb, making it gluten-free and grain-free. 

This recipe is so versatile, feel free to personalize it according to your taste. Swap out sweeteners, add pureed pumpkin (see recipe notes for the recommended amount), a mashed banana, stir in dried or fresh fruits, etc. You could probably add a little cocoa powder and extra sweetener for a chocolate variation (I guess I need to try that one, my girls would love it)!  

How do you prefer your hot cereal? 

All my love,
Megan (with a long E)


Grain-Free, Nut-Free Hot Breakfast Cereal

Grain-Free, Nut-Free Hot Breakfast Cereal

Yield: 1 large serving



  1. In a coffee grinder, grind the raw buckwheat groats into flour.
  2. Add the raw sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and palm sugar and grind again until the mixture is flour-like in consistency.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the contents from the coffee grinder, with the chia seeds, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and 1 cup hemp milk. Whisk until the cereal starts to thicken and just comes to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat, and whisk in the vanilla extract. Add additional hemp milk to thin out the consistency if desired. Serve immediately and garnish with additional seeds, dairy free milk, and/or berries.


For a pumpkin version of this recipe, simply add 2 tablespoons of pure pumpkin puree to the saucepan while waiting for the mixture to thicken/boil.

You can use whatever sweetener you'd like in this recipe - honey, maple syrup, liquid stevia, etc. Simply add it into the saucepan instead of adding it to the coffee grinder.

This post is linked to Savoring Saturdays, Saturday Night FeverGluten Free Wednesday, Create It Thursday, Gluten Free Friday and Foodie Friday

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Judith Lainer

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

I love it!!! I used maple syrup and topped it with blueberries and raspberries. Yeah!!! I miss oatmeal so much! I also can’t do gluten-free oats. Thank you!!


Thursday 23rd of April 2020

That's wonderful, Judith! Thanks for coming back here and leaving me a comment and letting me know you tried this recipe. :)


Wednesday 18th of April 2018

I regularly make Bob’s Red Mill creamy buckwheat cereal. Your recipe sounds delicious. I’m going to add your ingredients to the creamy buckwheat. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Wednesday 12th of November 2014

Just made this for Breakfast!!! It's yummy! Thanks for the recipe.


Wednesday 12th of November 2014

You bet! Glad you enjoyed it! ;)


Monday 27th of October 2014

Now I know what to make with my soaked buckwheat groats :) Sounds great!


Tuesday 28th of October 2014

I've never tried it with soaked groats, Paula! Do you dehydrate them to dry them out after you soak them?

Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

Monday 13th of October 2014

Buckwheat always gets a bad name from that wheat part. I bet it hates gluten too LOL Looks great! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!

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