How to Replace Breakfast Cereals in Your Kids Diet (And Yours) And Why You Should Do So NOW!

Seed Cereal, A Healthful Alternative

Seed Cereal, A Healthful Alternative


by Janice Curtin

I developed the seed “cereal” recipe below for my daughter when she was unable to digest grains.  It’s based on a recipe by Sherry Rogers. M.D.  My daughter now can eat sprouted or soaked grains, but we continue to enjoy this alternative too.

Seed Cereal Recipe

Soak all day in a bowl on the counter:
1 ½ c. raw sunflower seeds
1 ½ c. raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 c. buckwheat groats
1 c. raw sesame seeds
2 c. raw pecan halves, chopped coarsely
water to cover by several inches
1T sea salt

Drain and put on a cookie sheet or pizza pan; bake
in a 150-175 degree oven overnight or until completely
dry and ”toasty”.  In the morning add:
1 cup flax seeds, ground if you wish and if desired,
coconut, raisins, dried cherries or dried cranberries.
Serve with milk, cream or yoghurt and enjoy for
breakfast.  This also makes a wonderful snack.

This healthy, delicious seed-cereal breakfast contains
Plenty of quality fiber and healthy fat.   It does not
encourage weight gain because there is no significant
starch or sugar, except if using dried fruit.   If you are
trying to lose weight, cut back on or omit the dried fruit;
instead sweeten with a little palm sugar, and serve with
pure cream, which does not contain milk sugar.
It’s very filling and travels well.


What’s wrong with factory made breakfast cereal?  “Boxed breakfast cereals should have no place on our cupboard shelves,” says nutrition researcher Sally Fallon, in her Nourishing Traditions cookbook.  They are made by the extrusion process, in which little flakes and shapes are formed at high temperatures and pressures.  Extrusion processing destroys many valuable nutrients in grains, causes fragile oils to become rancid and renders certain proteins toxic.  Soaked porridge, like our ancestors ate is a very healthful food, she says.  Her book has many soaked grain recipes.

Paul Stitt, who worked for cereal processors, tells in his book Fighting the Food Giants that an experiment showed that rats that ate the box lived longer than rats that ate Puffed Wheat.   Something about the puffing process turns nutritious grains into a poisonous substance.

Janice Curtin

Janice Curtin is a long-time member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Price-Pottenger Foundation.  Janice’s  philosophy is that to have good health and reduced health costs we must eat nutrient  dense farm food, digest and metabolize it well, and avoid toxins.   Our nutrition determines how our genes express. She grew up on an Iowa farm on a diet of real farm food and raw milk. She has a degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.  She has worked in Legislative Affairs on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  She is a WAPF chapter leader, coordinates nutrition talks, and is the coordinator for a farm buying club.  She also works with a TBM practitioner  (Total Body Modification) who uses a whole body approach to healing.

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  1. This sounds delicious! I have been looking for an alternative to granola cereals and this looks like a great one!

    Thanks so much,

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to trying it. Where do you get buckwheat groats? What is that anyway?? 🙂
    .-= Paula´s last blog ..Expensive Fruits & Vegetables =-.

  3. I am in the process of going gluten-free so this should be a big help in helping with breakfast. Just one comment on the recipe. Why would you ever put whole flax seeds into anything? My understanding is that if you want to get any nutritional value from flax seeds they have to be ground.

  4. Love this! I’ve been doing this too for us. I actually prefer this over homemade grain cereals.
    .-= Mare@just-making-noi´s last blog ..First Post of 2010: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Ice Cream =-.

  5. This is a great recipe. I never knew you can make your own cereal. This is much healthier. I am going to use your recipe for my kids. Thanks.

  6. What a wonderful cereal alternative! I’ve done the soaked cold cereal recipe from Eat Fat, Lose Fat and the kids loved it, but it still used grain so we don’t make it as much anymore. A nut/seed cereal sounds great and I’ll bet they’d go for it, too.

    Definitely kick those extruded cereals out of the pantry as soon as possible! It took me a few months to phase them out (the soaked recipe I mentioned above helped!), but now we seem to be doing fine without it. It was a giant step in the right direction for us!
    .-= Elizabeth Walling´s last blog ..Weight Loss Wednesday: How Sleep Affects Your Weight and How to Get More Quality Sleep =-.

  7. Hi

    I wrote a small, free e-book on how to make a breakfast of creamy, long-soaked & slow-cooked oat porridge, according to Sally Fallon’s book “Nourishing Traditions”.

    best regards

    Sambodhi Prem

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