I’m a child of the 80s, which means that my early years were filled with Full House and Reading Rainbow, playing with Cabbage Patch Kids and Gameboy and eating bowls of Lucky Charms.
Today, looking back at those boxfuls of pretty, colorful “marshmallows,” I realize that there is nothing “lucky” about a bowl filled with sugar, modified starch, modified corn starch, corn syrup, dextrose, gelatin, calcium carbonate, yellow 5 and 6, blue 1 and red 40 ... and that's only the marshmallows!
I may be older and wiser now, but I still enjoy that comforting feel of a sweet, multi-textured cereal. So how about a charming bowl of goodness that actually brings luck and happiness to those who taste it?
This healthy version of my all-time favorite childhood cereal is packed with protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It may not guarantee luck, but it will provide nourishing food for the brain and body and luck is sure to follow! Have a magically delicious day, everyone!
Luckier Lucky Charms
Serves: 1 hungry adult or a few lucky children
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup of raw buckwheat groats (sprouted/dehydrated or soaked – see directions below)
- A pinch of vanilla powder
- A pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
- A handful of Sunbiotics probiotic almonds (original or chocolate) OR a handful of almonds and your favorite probiotic powder
- 1 Medjool date, pitted
- 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter
- 1 cup of coconut water (preferably raw and unpasteurized like my favorite, Harmless Harvest)
- A pinch of vanilla powder
- Hearts – Raspberries or strawberries
- Blue moons – blueberries
- Stars – pumpkin and/ or sunflower seeds
- Horse-shoes – walnuts or cashews
- Clovers – fresh sunflower sprouts
- Pots of gold – sliced bananas
- Rainbows – fresh bee pollen
- The red balloon – Goji berries
Bonus prize: ½ - 1 tsp of Matcha powder (I buy mine at gotmatcha.com)
Matcha will put a kick in your step and a smile on your face, not to mention add some Leprechaun-green to your bowl! Plus, its antioxidant content will keep you looking like the child-at-heart that you are!
Soak, then sprout some raw buckwheat groats for 1 to 2 hours. Rinse well, then leave in a strainer, spreading out evenly. Rinse every few hours for a couple of days until they start to grow cute little white tails.
Add the buckwheat groats to a Teflex sheet and dehydrate at 115° for 6 to 10 hours, or until crispy.
Or, if you don’t have a dehydrator or don’t want to wait until your buckwheat has sprouted, you can simply soak the buckwheat groats overnight, then rinse and, voilà, they’re ready to eat.
Add the date, the coconut water, vanilla and the nut butter to a blender and mix for around 20 seconds or until it turns (magically!) to “milk.”
Add the buckwheat to a bowl and mix with the coconut flakes, cinnamon, vanilla and almonds and your “marshmallows” of choice.
Have a great day filled with rainbows and pots of gold!
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