Cereal expands in milk

Homemade Gluten Free Cereal

March 23, 2016 by Michelle

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This recipe for a super simple homemade gluten free cereal is delicious, whether you follow a gluten free lifestyle or not!
Homemade Gluten Free Cereal Recipe

Here’s the thing. I love breakfast. I love breakfast foods. I love cereals and muffins and eggs and quiches and oatmeal and smoothies and… all the good stuff. My problem? I get busy taking care of my kids and forget to eat. Or I have too much on my to do list and anything I “want” to eat takes too long. And yes, I include smoothies in there sometimes because the extra two minutes to clean the blender is sometimes just too much for me.

That’s where the idea for this homemade gluten free cereal came about. In addition to liking breakfast, I try to be somewhat health conscious in my everyday decisions. I may love certain sugary cereals, but we never have them in the house. Between my husband and the wee ones, they disappear in a blink. And if I eat my fair share?… Nope, that doesn’t work. Most granola bars don’t appeal to me either, so I’m left grazing on leftovers in the fridge or often “forgetting” to eat.


Fortunately, this homemade gluten free cereal is quick and easy and it is surprisingly filling for just eating a little bit of it. I usually mix up a batch and store it in my cabinet, then dole it out a third of a cup at a time. Yup, a third of a cup is plenty filling – how many cereals do you know that can say that?

Add cereal to a bowl or cup

I add it to a bowl (or *cough* a pretty cup) and pour some milk over it. It absorbs the milk and expands after a few minutes, which works out well for me. The exact milk measurement isn’t critical (is it ever with cereal?) but I probably put around a half cup or a little more in with the cereal.

Add milk to homemade gluten free cereal

While I’m waiting for it to absorb some of the milk, I grab a few dried cherries – literally a few, maybe 5-6 for my third of a cup of homemade gluten free cereal – and toss them in on top.

Add dried cherries to cereal and milk

Then I slice up a banana and add that to the mixture. I happen to prefer my bananas on the greener side. I like the bite they give to the cereal and the firmer texture works well for me, but I know that’s my personal preference. You may like your homemade gluten free cereal with bananas just shy of banana bread stage for all I know.

Add sliced banana to homemade gluten free cereal and milk

Can you see already how the cereal is starting to expand and fill the glass? It isn’t just because I added milk; there’s real bulk forming.

Either way you like your banana ripeness, once the bananas are added, mix it up gently to distribute your add ins and enjoy. Healthy, guilt free, and gluten free. Interestingly, I didn’t realize this concoction was gluten free at first. It wasn’t until I started thinking about everything I put in it that I realized I was making a homemade gluten free cereal.

Cereal expands in milk

Yes, it has buckwheat groats in it, but they contain no gluten. They’re a grain that comes from Eastern Europe and have a mild, grassy flavor and a crunch that works perfectly in this cereal. It is a gluten free grain that combined with the chia, flax, hemp, and pumpkin make for a unique homemade gluten free cereal. Go fig!

Buckwheat groats

How to Make Homemade Gluten Free Cereal

This is truly as easy as mixing up your ingredients and shaking them to combine. Yes, that easy. Embarrassingly so for me to call this a recipe, but apparently I have the hubris to do so.

The homemade gluten free cereal is mostly the buckwheat groats. There are more of them than there are any other ingredient. Besides them, all you need are hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds, and toasted pumpkin kernels (the pepitas!).

Ingredients for homemade gluten free cereal

I add them to my container one by one, then….

Add all ingredients to a container

…shake to ensure they’re distributed evenly. I don’t want to get all chia or have only flax left behind in my breakfast. And because of the different sizes and textures they do tend to separate a bit in the container as I set it down and pick it up again. Each time before I serve some from the container of homemade gluten free cereal, I turn the container upside down and shake to redistribute to ensure I’m getting an even mix of ingredients.

Shake gluten free cereal until mixed

Yeah… it’s that easy.

Homemade Gluten Free Cereal

Homemade Gluten Free Cereal

Yield: 1 3/4 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

This embarrassingly simple and easy recipe has a ton of taste and is incredibly healthy, as well. Enjoy it with milk, a few dried cherries, and banana slices for a perfect quick and easy gluten free breakfast.


  • 1 c buckwheat groats
  • 1/3 c pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 c hemp hearts
  • 1/4 c flax seeds
  • 1/4 c chia seeds


  1. Place all ingredients into a container.
  2. Shake. Store in a tightly sealed container on counter for up to a month.
  3. Before serving, turn the container upside down and shake to ensure all ingredients remain evenly distributed.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1/3 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 180 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 6mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 1g Protein: 7g
This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself.

I like my homemade gluten free cereal with banana and dried cherries. How would you eat yours?

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