January 20, 2010

Cinnamon Raisin Cereal Pudding

I’ve been having some redness and irritation in my eyes for some time now, so I finally went to the eye doctor today, hoping to find out what’s up and get rid of it. Easier said than done. Diagnosis? I’m allergic to my contact lenses.

This means I’m not to wear contacts at all for at least three months, after which time I might be able to wear them again, but only if I get the single-use kind. After 14 years of contact lens wearing, I barely know how to function wearing my glasses, nor can I survive without them since I can only see clearly to the end of my nose. Suffice it to say that I’m pretty unhappy with my sentence. Faced with a lifetime of eye drops and frequent contact lens replacement, I’ll be looking into Lasik pretty soon.

Given that the eye exam and purchase of aforementioned eye drops cost me this week’s salary (not to mention the fact that I’ll now have to replace my glasses as well), I was not in a position to purchase the kind of dessert that I started craving when faced with a bummer of this magnitude. Instead, I forced my thinking cap on and came up with something pretty awesome in the end.

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Cinnamon Raisin Cereal Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup puffed cereal (I actually used a combination of kamut puffs and Kashi Go Lean)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • sweetener to taste (agave, maple syrup, stevia, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened hemp milk)
  • 1 tbsp raisins

Directions:

  1. Combine dry ingredients (cereal through sweetener) in a small bowl.
  2. Add milk and stir to combine.
  3. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or so and stir again (placing the mixture in the fridge between stirs can speed the process). Wait another 20-ish minutes and stir. The mixture will look something like this when ready:

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4. Use a hand blender (or regular blender) to puree the cereal smooth.

5. Serve and top with raisins.

Serves 1

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I recommend putting this together before you make dinner. That way, you can tend to the occasional stirring while you cook and it’ll have congealed enough for you to blend by the time you’re ready for dessert.

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A dollop of nut butter would also be a really nice addition, I’m sure. I sprinkled some extra cinnamon on top because I can never get too much. And if it’s Saigon cinnamon, it’s extra-special zingy!

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My dessert was satisfyingly rich and creamy, yet super-duper healthy—huzzah! Between the hemp milk and chia seeds, I got a dose of really healthy fats along with my whole grains.

And since it’s made of cereal, it would also be a great breakfast, naturally. I might double it in that case, however, in order to make it a meal. Just mix it the night before and do your blending in the morning.

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Now that’s a sight for sore eyes.

25 comments:

ktbwood said...

HELLOOOOOOO!! that looks SOOO GOOD!! im drooling! gota go eat a snack..NOW!

Gelareh @ Orange Truffle said...

Cinnamon Raisin anything is awesome...

Marina said...

Oh Diana, just as the same thing happened to you with your apartment situation, the same thing happened to me with my contact lens situation! Let me give you the best advice ever, get lasik eye surgery! It was seriously the BEST thing I'd ever done. I can even give you a great doctor to go to... Dr. Eric Donnenfeld. He's one of the best eye doctor's in the country. My vision is BETTER than perfect now.. at around 20/10 or 20/15. And I had terrible trouble after wearing contacts for only a year or so. I couldn't take it anymore and I'm SO glad that it isn't an issue for me anymore. Plus contacts are so much more damaging to your eyes in the long run! E-mail me anytime if you want to know more!

mrssturgis said...

YUMMY. Wow, you're a genius in that kitchen of yours. Gotta try this soon!

BTW - do you like hemp milk? I'm assuming you do since you have it, but I have it and it tastes odd to me! Aftertasty.

Christine said...

Oh wow that looks good, I have not had cinnamon raisin in awhile!

melonshots said...

WOWZA that snack sounds bang on :)
i'd definatly make that for breaky.

sorry about your eyess <3 your a beauty no matter. glasses or no glasses

moretolifethanlettuce said...

bummer about your eyes! contact allergy? who knew? glasses are hot though :) that cereal pudding looks soooo good, my fave flavors too!

Mama Pea said...

So I told you on FB that the same thing happened to me and I'm still wearing contacts. So aggravating. I just made a list 30 seconds ago of things I want to buy when I...uh...get some money:

1) LASIK
2) Laptop
3) Vitamix

Maybe they can do a 2 for 1?

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Cinnamon Raisin Cereal Pudding totally, 100% looks like real rice pudding, spiced with cinny and raisins. Creamy, satisfying, delish. WINNER. Thank you! One to remember and MAKE.

Onto more serious matters. Your eyes, contacts and the whole ordeal. Diana, I am sooooo sorry to hear this. I cannot imagine what I would do faced with that kind of blech "diagnosis". I know that one's vision is better with contacts vs. glasses and that the whole limiting factor of glasses, i.e. yoga, running, etc it's just gotta be tougher. This is coming from me, a person who wears nothing. But my whole family has baddddd eyes. I am the only one who's not blind. Anyway my friend, hang in there and i am so sorry to hear this!

shannonmarie said...

Never seen chia done that way. I like the different textures.

cleaningitup said...

Very excited to try that pudding, especially since I think those are the only ingredients I have in my house right now...what luck!

I've had LASIK and definitely recommend it. Like the other offers on this page, if you have any questions or hesitation, feel free to email me. I read all the scary stories beforehand and drove my doc crazy with all my questions but so glad I did because it made me feel better knowing what I was getting into.
It puts a dent in the pocket, but very worth it!

cleaningitup said...

Very excited to try that pudding, especially since I think those are the only ingredients I have in my house right now...what luck!

I've had LASIK and definitely recommend it. Like the other offers on this page, if you have any questions or hesitation, feel free to email me. I read all the scary stories beforehand and drove my doc crazy with all my questions but so glad I did because it made me feel better knowing what I was getting into.
It puts a dent in the pocket, but very worth it!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

Thats a great thing to do with cereal! I always find it a little boring so I never buy it, but that looks YUM!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Aww, sorry about your eyes! Lasik HAS gotten alot cheaper though fortunately.

Go for it!

Mo Diva said...

DAMN girlie- that is yummy looking!

i had the same issue with my contacts so i got lasik. 4 years and counting of perfect vision. :-)

Diana said...

Thanks for the Lasik suggestions, folks! I hope to get a consultation as soon as possible.

katherine said...

Such a bummer about your eyes, lady :( If it's any consolation, I haven't been able to wear contacts consistently for years (I blame my desk job for that) but I made peace with my 4-eyed future by finding frames I loved!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Diana,

Sorry about your eyes. I know that is a huge bummer for you. {{{{hugs}}} But, good for you that you kept it together and made a healthy sweet treat instead of the other option. ;-) BTW...the pudding looks delicious.

Jenny said...

just recently I've discovered the magic of blended cereal. Fee-nommmmmmz.

chrystad72 said...

ooohhh Im so making that tonight!! Thanks so much for the awesome recipe. I love puffed kamut with anything. What a great idea.

So sorry to hear about the eye allergy. What a bummer. Anything dealing with doctors can be ssoo expensive. Its ridiculous! I really hope you feel better though. That must be hard. hopefully at least the single use ones will work. I had no idea you could become allergic to contact lenses. Feel better hon!!!

BroccoliHut said...

Considering my total addiction to GoLean AND cinnamon raisin anything, this recipe has me salivating! YUM.

peacelovenutrition said...

ooo that looks delicious! I make oatmeal each morning that looks similar to that but I'd love to try it!

xo
Jocelyn

http://peacelovenutrition.wordpress.com/

Gabriela said...

This looks yummy- so easy to make! I wonder if it would be good with different seasonings, too...like cocoa and cherries!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness about the contact lenses! I don't know what I'd do. I've worn contacts for 26 years!!! I'd be going for Lasik surgery if I had to wear glasses all the time.

And that looks really good. Especially since I've been in the mood for rice pudding. I've been craving it. It must mean my body needs something. Maybe I'll make some this weekend.

Hannah.Kamut®International said...

Dear Diana!

Greetings from Montana! Wow that raisin pudding looks like a keeper. My name is Hannah and I represent Kamut International. We are always excited to see great new spins on our product! We are on Twitter and Facebook and would love to see you on there!

Take care!
Hannah