Recovery Crunch Cereal Bowl

June 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm 11 comments

I’ve been on a BIG cereal kick these days…going through one box of peanut butter puffins and/or granola a week by myself has been routine. I think all the sugary and carb goodness is catching up with me so I kicked it into gear and created a more healthy alternative for my everyday snack/meal.

This recipe can easily be deemed “chilled dessert soup with a crunch” but considering my recent love affair with cereal, I felt the current title was more appropriate. Not to mention, I first made this after a morning run and it was the perfect high-protein meal that was both filling and refreshing!

The crunch from the cacao nibs, walnut and pecan pieces along with the buckwheat groats makes this quick and easy “cereal bowl” squash any craving for a bowl of puffins or granola. I am not saying I will be staying away from cereal but eating a box (or more) per week might be overkill, what do you think? No need to answer that 🙂

This is one of those recipes too that you can tweak to your liking — change up the nuts, fruit/avocado, protein powder, extracts, and toppings and you can make a ton of different variations. Add in a tablespoon of two or cacao or carob powder for a chocolate-ly punch or make a coffee-inspired version by subbing some of the milk for your favorite coffee. Decisions, decisions!

Recovery Crunch Cereal Bowl


1 cup ice cubes
1 cup non-dairy milk (I’ve used unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk)
1/2 avocado, 1/2 frozen banana or 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (I used 1/2 chocolate Vega performance and 1/2 scoop vanilla whey)
splash of pure vanilla extract (almond would be good too)
2 Tbsp raw buckwheat groats
1 Tbsp cacao nibs
1 – 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (I used 2 T)
1 – 2 Tbsp chopped pecans (I used 2 T)
optional: drizzle of honey, agave or maple syrup to taste (depends on sweetness of protein powder)
optional: 1/2 Tbsp of your favorite nut or seed butter (if using, blend with milk/ice/protein)
optional additions: chia seeds, fresh or frozen fruit chunks (frozen blueberries would be yum!), flaxseeds, shredded coconut, 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, etc.

1. Blend ice, milk, avocado/banana/mango, protein powder and vanilla until smooth.
2. Pour into a bowl, top with remaining ingredients and enjoy!

Entry filed under: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Sides and Snacks, Vegan, Vegetarian. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , .

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11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie  |  June 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Awesome recipe idea! I will have to try this out : )

  • 2. Erin @ Texanerin Baking  |  June 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I’ve been on a rice krispie kick lately! I don’t know why. They don’t even taste like anything and they’re a specialty item here. This looks like a waaaay better thing to eat. 🙂

  • 3. Nikki Marie  |  June 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

    This looks really great! Is the taste of avocado really detectable or is it just used for thickness and the other ingredients make it sweeter etc?

    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  May 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      I can’t taste it at all! Just adds a nice creamy texture 🙂

  • 5. Cara  |  June 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I need this for breakfast. Right now!!! Love you friend. xo

  • 6. Heather  |  June 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    What a great breakfast idea- I am always looking for new quick and easy recipes – this is totally perfect!

  • 7. Ashlae | Oh, ladycakes  |  June 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I’m all over this – it looks and sounds delicious! We can’t even keep Puffins in the house because I’ll find any excuse I can to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • 8. jasminelthompsonim  |  September 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Reblogged this on Jasmine Thompson Pages.

  • 9. lizzthinkz  |  September 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Reblogged this on lizzthinkz and commented:
    This recipe looks so scrumptious. So creative, too!

  • 11. Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl « Natural Noshing  |  November 17, 2012 at 8:42 am

    […] Carrot Cake Crunch Bowl (inspired by my Recovery Crunch Cereal Bowl) […]


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