Homemade Crunchy Maple Quinoa Cereal


Q: How many creeks does my house make in one night?

A: That depends if Eric is home or not!

Yes, that’s right folks. I made it a night…on my own, without the manly man. Eric stayed at his brothers last night as he was helping him with renos.

It was VERY scary.

Let me rewind a bit…before the part where I was quivering under the covers…

Dear John

Friday night was a fun girls night!

Krissy and I decided to go see Dear John, despite what all of the movie reviews were saying. I turned a huge blind eye to the poor reviews it received and chalked it up to critics being hard on a ‘chick flick’. I was in HUGE DENIAL. :mrgreen:

It started off ok and I really tried to ignore the fact that the acting was just plain old bad and there was no chemistry between the leads. They were no Allie and Noah…

There was a horrible plot twist about two thirds into the movie and then it ended with a huge thud.

As I said last night on Twitter, ‘Dear John was to the Notebook, as soy cheese is to cheddar- a pitiful attempt!’

However, Krissy and I are very excited for the Valentine’s Day movie next week!!! I think it will be fun!


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Homemade Crunchy Maple Quinoa Cereal

So as I mentioned, I tossed and turned all night with the empty bed and creepy noises.

However, I did have good dreams…dreams of homemade cereal, that is. It dawned on me that I have never made my own homemade cereal before, so off I was to the kitchen to do some testing!

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  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1/2-3/4 t cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla
  • pinch or two sea salt

Directions: In a small bowl mix everything together. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Break up into chunks with a spoon and flatten with a hand as if you were making flatbread. Cook for 30-50 minutes at 325F, being sure to check half way through and adjust cooking time if necessary. Flip cereal around with a spatula for more even cooking. Cereal should be slightly golden brown when finished. Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy in a bowl with your favourite milk + toppings over top!

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This cereal is amazing!!! High in protein and fibre too (approx 12 grams protein and 8 grams fibre for the entire recipe- without the chia seeds).

Slightly sweet, very crunchy, and it stays crunchy even when in milk.

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The best part about the recipe is that you can tailor the baking time to suit your needs- soft or crunchy. Personally, I love my cereal crunchy!

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You can also make crackers:

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I also had a lovely GLOWING ORANGE fresh juice made with carrots, ginger, and grapefruit to go with it. I think this is my favourite juice.

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I’m off for my scheduled 3 mile run and Booty Booster workout. Then, I have a house to clean. Not sure what is on the agenda for tonight yet.

I also added more Adore (S’more) Glo Bars and some X’s and G’los Valentine’s Day packs to the shopping cart. I am almost out of my S’more ingredients so if you want some, order them soon as I am not sure when the next order will be in.

Have a lovely Saturday!

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Annie February 6, 2010

That looks delicious!! I might even make it this morning!


Heather (Where's the Beach) February 6, 2010

Love the crunchy quinoa cereal! definitely going to have to try that one out.


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 6, 2010

I really liked how they made The Notebook into a movie. Most people disagree with this, but the book was SO LAME. The only reason the movie was so good was because they took out some really dumb parts in the book. Nicholas Sparks books in general are really really cheesy. Have you seen the movie Nights in Rodanthe? Also really bad. I have heard the book is much better than the movie though.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010

I LOVED The Notebook movie…have seen it several times! I also enjoyed the book too. Dear John didn’t even come close to the notebook.
I haven’t seen Nights in Rodanthe though.


Lindsey May 2, 2010

Nights in Rodanthe was terrrrrible


Karla February 6, 2010

I liked the Notebook! I was looking forward a little bit to Dear John! Too bad it was a dud! I’ll probably see it anyway!
I will say The Notebook has been the best movie version of a Nicholas Sparks book. A Walk to Remember… eh not great, neither was Nights in Rodanthe.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 6, 2010

YUM! that homemade cereal looks delicious! I LOVE The Notebook, and refuse to see Dear John. It looks like a pale imitation :-)

But, I too am looking very much forward to Valentine’s Day!!! :-) (the movie…well, and I guess the day, too!)


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 6, 2010

This cereal looks great! I have both quinoa and chia seeds on hand, so I need to try it…do you think honey would work, or do you definitely recommend maple syrup?

I’ve tried two of your recipes in the last few days (pumpkin quinoa and the ‘cheesy’ pizza) and loved them both. Your blog was one of the biggest influences in me starting my own! Thanks for all the great tips!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010

I think honey should work too!

Glad you enjoyed the recipes :)


Lindsey @ Sound Eats February 6, 2010

I could just be naive, and I haven’t seen Dear John yet, but I personally feel that unless you read the book the movie is going to disappoint. The book’s ending has the same terrible plot twist and ending, so it’s no surprise the movie did too. Plus the book “Dear John” wasn’t as good as the book “The Notebook”. Even though they’re both written by Nicholas Sparks, it’s definitely not apples to apples.

Just my .02!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010

I find that I am always even more disappointed when I read the book first, and then see the movie. The only exception being The Notebook…every other time I have read the book first I was disappointed with the movie. One example was Marley and Me- LOVED the book, did not care for the movie as much as the book.


Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) February 6, 2010

I hated the movie version of Marley and Me! The book was fun and hysterical and heartwarming, while the movie was a total downer :(


Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life February 6, 2010

I just bought a bag of quinoa, and now I know what I’m going to do with it! I would have neverrrr imagined quinoa for breakfast, thanks for the recipe!!


Nicole, RD February 6, 2010

The cereal looks wonderful! Have a great workout!


Katie February 6, 2010

I am going to go see Dear John tonight. I read the book and I really enjoyed it. I hope the movie lives up to my expectations!

That cereal would be perfect raw, made with sprouted quinoa instead of cooked. :) I think I will give it a try!


Laura February 6, 2010

Thanks so much for the cereal recipe! I am a cereal addict but am tired of looking for tasty cereals where the main ingredient isn’t sugar (and that doesn’t cost a fortune). Can’t wait to try this!


Erin February 6, 2010

You may have mentioned this somewhere in your blog but what of juicer do you use?!?! I am wanting one, but want a good one that is going to work before I spend the money. Your juices look soo yummy…THANK YOU!!!


Danielle (Coffee Run) February 6, 2010

I think it would be hard to top the Notebook…sorry the movie sucked!
The cereal look fantastic- I like mine crunchy too :)


Ricki February 6, 2010

Looks great! I may have to try it with stevia ;)

I’m like you with scary noises in the house–just get a dog (or two) and you’ll sleep like a baby, even when alone!


Sarah February 6, 2010

The Notebook is my fiance’s favorite movie. He actually owns the DVD :) What a softee! I loves it too.

That cereal looks amazing! Have a wonderful Saturday, and say hi to Sketchie!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 6, 2010

I am EXTREMELY upset about Dear John. I too thought that the critics must be overreacting but after hearing bad things about it from everyone, I must admit that it must be… well bad. I will still probably rent in when it comes out on DVD just because. But I can’t wait for Valentine’s Day!!!!

And kudos to you for staying alone. I HATE staying alone. Freaks me out.


kalli@fitandfortysomething February 6, 2010

You are so creative in the kitchen!


Tush February 6, 2010

Did your house spring a leak?


Jenn @ Livewellfit February 6, 2010

Sorry the movie was such a dud! I too had heard the reviews and was worried about whether it would be worth our while. I think I’ll save it for netflix. :)

Enjoy that run and Booty Blaster!


Lauren @ eater not a runner February 6, 2010

I would never think to make my own cereal, you have the best ideas!!!


Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 6, 2010

My house makes noises too and I hate it! Looks like you made it through the night though. :) That granola looks awesome, what a great idea.


pam landy February 6, 2010

I was hoping Dear John movie would be good. I read the book last week…it was really good, not your typical romance with a typical happy expected ending. I am sad it didn’t make a good movie. But really, who can top Allie and Noah?? If you haven’t read the Notebook, it’s a quality fiction, even better than the movie!


Sheri February 6, 2010

Your cereal looks fantastic! Can’t wait to make it :)


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 6, 2010

I loved the book Dear John so much. I read it in one day. I still want to see the movie, but usually the movie versions don’t compare to the books.


Amy February 6, 2010

Would you mind sharing the amounts of each ingredient in your Glowing Orange Juice? Thanks! Oh and I must make that cereal tomorrow! Quinoa is one of my favorite grains of all time! I actually really love quinoa and steel cut oats together (equal amounts of each)…I mix in vanilla, cinnamon and golden raisins then pour some almond milk over top…delish!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 6, 2010

lets see if i canremember… :)

4 carrots
1 grapefruit
tiny piece of ginger (little goe a long way)- mabe 3/4″ x 3/4″?



Cynthia (It All Changes) February 6, 2010

So excited. And your PB & J parfait was delicious. I adapted it for breakfast this morning and really want more :-)


Ameena February 6, 2010

Of all your great recipes I think I love this one the most. I am getting a bit tired of oatmeal and I can’t eat most cereals so this will really work for me! I am definitely going to try it ASAP.

PS – I’ve been alone for the last 4 nights (4-year-old was with me though) and I couldn’t sleep well either!


Kelly February 6, 2010

I am excited for the Valentine’s Day movie as well! There are soo many well known actors in it!

That homemade cereal looks delicious. I may just have to try making it! Thanks!


Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 6, 2010

Hi- I’m so glad I found your blog! I feel like your running plans/philosophy are very intune with my own, as I’ve been injured many times so have been forced to rethink how often I can run.

Btw, I read “Dear John” and it was alright, a classic Sparks book- very, very sad! I love the film version of “The Notebook”!


Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 6, 2010

I noticed the lack of chemistry when I first saw the trailer for Dear John, so I was never really gung-ho to see it! I felt like I was less of a girl for feeling that way too, haha. I mean, after Noah and Allie – no one can ever compare!

I cannot wait to make quinoa cereal. It looks SO. GOOD!


Anais February 6, 2010

Ugh… Dear John was so disappointing… I usually love the actress but I thought she was awful in this!!! I hope the book is better…


Betsy February 6, 2010

Angela you always come up with the most delicious looking creations!! That cereal looks awesome, I definitely want to try it soon!! Maybe someday you’ll be selling that along with your glo bars :)


Tay February 6, 2010

Agree with you 100% about the movie! As hot as Channing is, he was a horrible actor in the movie – no personality and just kind of mumbled. I was wondering what they saw in each other because I got NO chemistry between them either. Not much plot…and then the ending – BLAH!! My roommates and I sat there like “Wait – is it really over? No!” And we were kind of creeped out by the twist if you know what I mean ;-)

Oh well, I too am looking forward to Valentine’s Day!


Anne P February 6, 2010

Wow what a great idea with the homemade cereal! Totally going to try that :)


Amy February 6, 2010

The Notebook is the saddest movie ever. I ncry uncontrollably at the end, and need to be consoled for hours afterwards! I usually watch it once a year, thats all I can handle.

PS- Save yourself the torture of watching Nights in Rodanthe. It was brutal. :)


Heather February 6, 2010

That juice looks fantastic. I must also make that quinoa cereal. You always come up with such great recipes.


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 6, 2010

I absolutely LOVED Dear John (minus the ending) and can’t wait to see V.day next weekend =)


Ally (Exercise and Pies) February 6, 2010

Ok, you make the most fabulous foods i’ve ever seen!

I’ve been following your blog for about a week and I seriously love everything you’ve posted.

I’m thinking I might take a stab at homemade cereal soon… your recipe doesn’t look too scary :)


Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 6, 2010

How disappointing that the movie wasn’t good! I really liked the book. I’m excited about Valentine’s Day too . . . but not sure I can convince my boyfriend to go see it with me. I will have to figure out a good bribe :)


MEgan February 6, 2010

That looks amazing!! I’ve been trying to find ways to eat chia seeds without that vaguely slimy texture and cant WAIT to try it!!


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