Today, after arriving home from my daughter’s swimming lesson, she was ravenous. Although it took about 15 minutes to prepare, I made a delicious hot grain cereal that was another Ali-Oops success.
Here’s what I used and how I made it.
- Cooked 1 ½ cups of steel cut oats in water
- Cooked ½ cup of kasha in water
- Combined both grains in the larger pot and added some soy and almond milk. I didn’t measure, but I added enough to make it the consistency our family likes. Not to thick…not too watery.
- I then added raw sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, 4 chopped dates (would use 6 next time), and some cinnamon. Again…no measuring…I just eyeball it until it seems like enough.
- I stirred it all together and then added some more soy milk.
I just loved it. My daughter added about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup to hers. I am in the process of making my own date syrup, so when that’s ready, I would offer that before the maple syrup.
This type of hot cereal can be created in whatever unique way you like. I happened to be out of bananas today (a rarity in my house), otherwise, I probably would have chopped up half a banana for each of our servings.
Other things to add instead of, or in addition to, what I used are: chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, other seasoning (nutmeg, ginger, all spice) and other beverages (regular milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or even just water).
I was thinking about the health benefits of pure maple syrup compared to homemade date syrup (which I just recently tried to make….delicious), so I looked up some facts online. Here is what I found:
Very Approximate Comparison of Pure Maple Syrup to Homemade Date Syrup
Pure Maple Syrup: 30 mL/2 Tbsp
Sodium: 2.5 mg
Zinc: 10% DV (daily value)
Manganese: 66% DV
Homemade Date Syrup: includes 2 medjool dates, soaked overnight and blended with water (amount of water depends on preferred consistency)
Potassium: 285 mg
Fibre: 3 g
Calcium: 2% DV
Iron: 2% DV
If you compare maple syrup with homemade date syrup, the date syrup has lots of potassium, and the maple syrup has a good amount of manganese.
Which is better for you?
In my opinion, the date syrup is better for you because:
- It is made in your home, so you can see exactly what goes into it and the environment in which it was prepared.
- Dates have fibre, even after they are blended, and maple syrup has none.
If you want to try this, but you think your family wouldn’t go for it…try easing them into the change. Start with a 3:1 ratio of maple syrup to date syrup, then move towards 2:1, then 1:1, then ½ :1.