It began as a simple kitchen experiment. Could wellness expert Robyn Youkilis invent a recipe for cereal lovers and still give them something easy, gut friendly and packed with nutrition? With more than 15 grams of easy-to-absorb fiber (thanks to the apple and chia seeds), the answer is a very delicious yes. Find more of Robyn's digestion-friendly recipes in her book, Go With Your Gut (Kyle Books, 2016). Photo by Ellen Silverman.
Apple Chia Cereal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk or other milk
- 2 to 3 drops vanilla liquid stevia
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon spirulina (optional)
- 1 small apple with peel, chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (more or less to taste)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened, shredded coconut
- Stir together the chia seeds, milk, stevia, salt and spirulina (if using) in a small bowl or mason jar. Chill in refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, toss together the apple, cinnamon and walnuts.
- Once the chia mixture has thickened, stir and taste; add more stevia if necessary.
- Stir the apples into the chia sauce and top with coconut and another dash of cinnamon, if desired.
The chia mixture can be made the night before and chilled until ready to eat. The entire dish can also be prepared the night before as long as you don’t mind slightly brown apples that are a little softer in texture.