Warm Chia Seed Cereal Bowl

I have always loved the idea of hot cereal in the morning, but I find that oatmeal or any other porridge leaves me feeling starved and unsatisfied or overly bloated. I can have oats in small amounts, but who can eat just 1/2 cup of oats and be ready for the day! I like to have a hot cereal that has substance and will keep me feeling full and ready to take on the day. Chia seeds are a staple in my yogurt parfaits and I decided to play with them to make a hot cereal. What I came up with was fantastic and can be reheated as leftovers with no issues! 

recipe (serves 2) 

Ingredients 

-1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil 

-3 Tbsp. organic chia seeds

-2 Tbsp. Trader Joe's Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend 

-2 cups almond milk (can use coconut milk or organic milk) 

-1 tsp. vanilla extract 

-1 tsp. cinnamon 

-1 Tbsp. maple syrup 

Toppings

-1 Tbsp. peanut butter 

-1/4 sliced pink lady apple

-extra cinnamon 

Directions 

-In a small pot over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp. of coconut oil, 2 cups of almond milk, chia seeds, and the super seed mix. 

-Let it simmer and cook until it start to thicken it up (about 5 minutes). Before the last minute, add in the vanilla extract. 

-Remove from heat and place in a bowl. 

-Mix in 1 Tbsp. of maple syrup.

-Place in two bowls and top with toppings.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving w/ toppings): 369 calories, 32 grams carb (12 grams fiber), 24 grams fat, and 10 grams protein

MACROBALANCED TIP: If you want to boost the protein, mix in 1/2 to 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder at the end for a boost of protein.