Delicious Warm Wholesome-Meal – an alternative to Oatmeal. Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free

Wholesome-Meal ready to be enjoyed

Wholesome-Meal ready to be enjoyed

Hi Warm Breakfast Lovers,

For 12 months I enjoyed a wonderful warm oatmeal breakfast.  It was full of goodness but alas, with my gluten sensitivity, I eliminated oatmeal.  When I saw Quinoa Flakes and Buckwheat Flakes at Organic Garage, I did a big skip and jump for joy.  Could I go back to eating a warm breakfast occasionally?  How would I make my new recipe?  So with faith that I would find a solution, I purchased both and then put them in the cupboard waiting for an idea to come.

After reviewing several recipes, I created a new version of my old favourite oatmeal.  This one uses the ingredients I already own – hello quinoa and buckwheat flakes your time to shine is here!

 Warm Wholesome-Meal

  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • ½ cup buckwheat flakes
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp hulled hemp
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried golden berries
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 green apple
  • Lemon juice


  1. Just before going to bed, you need to make this recipe.  You can do it after dinner too, just remember to do it the night before as I am not sure if it makes a great dinner.
  2. Get out a glass container that you can seal with its lid or with a larger plate (avoid plastic wrap if you can)
  3. Assemble the quinoa flakes, buckwheat flakes, chia, hulled hemp, ground flax seeds, golden berries and cinnamon.
  4. Mix to combine.
  5. Add the almond milk and stir to combine until thoroughly mixed.
  6. Put lid or plate on the glass bowl and leave out on the counter until the morning.
  7. In the morning, the almond milk will be totally absorbed and the flavours will have combined to create a wonderful taste.
  8. Makes three servings

Serving suggestion

  1. To have a warm serving, take one serving and add it to a small pot.
  2. As soon as you can smell it (about one minute) it is ready.  Do not over heat as you will kill off the enzymes that were created by soaking the ingredients.
  3. Add your single serving to a bowl.
  4. Add a small bit of almond milk – cold from the fridge.
  5. Cut small segments of ½ a green apple and add to top of Wholesome-Meal.
  6. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon on top of the green apple.
  7. Enjoy your gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free warm morning meal.


  • Why did I add lemon juice to the recipe?  It is for the ½ apple you did not use.  Squeeze some lemon juice on the exposed apple half.  You can store the ½ apple in the fridge and it will not brown and will taste great.
  • On the first night make the almond milk so it seems like less work.  Or you can soak your almonds in the morning, make your almond milk just before you make Wholesome-Meal and use 2 cups for the Wholesome-Meal recipe.  The remaining 4 cups of almond milk will fit into a one litre mason jar.
  • You can add dried cranberries, dried cherries, or raisins.  Just read the ingredients list as many are coated with sugar.  Some are coated in apple juice which is not bad.  The dried golden berries I used did not have any sugar or apple juice on them so they added a sour, tart and sweet flavour.
  • You can also add almonds, walnuts or pecans.   I chose to keep to one nut for the day to reduce any chance of food reactions.
  • The Wholesome-Meal stores well in the fridge.  I enjoyed it for three days in a row but you could also rotate it with another breakfast option.  Alternatively, you could share it with members of your family and it will go fast.
  • If you decide to use oatmeal but have gluten sensitivities, make sure you buy organic oatmeal that is processed in a gluten-free environment so you don’t get cross contamination (most organic stores carry it).
  • Store your nuts, seeds, quinoa flakes, buckwheat flakes, chia seeds, flax and hemp in the freezer to keep them fresh once you open the package.

May your day be filled with warmth, kindness, food discoveries and wholesome goodness.

To the warmth of Wholesome-Meal,

Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge

This post was submitted for:

  • Raw Foods Thursdays, run by Heather at the Gluten-Free Cat.  Sharing our journey is wonderful.

3 thoughts on “Delicious Warm Wholesome-Meal – an alternative to Oatmeal. Gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free

  1. Pingback: Living an amazing life with the 9CupChallenge – what is it and what inspired me to create it « 9 Cup Challenge

  2. Organic Garage in Oakville and Wholefoods Square One carry Buckwheat Flakes and Quinoa Flakes. I will let you know other places to purchase them as I discover who carries them.

    I have seen the Organic Oatmeal processed in a Gluten-free facility in Organic Garage, WholeFoods, Organic Planet and HeatBeets.

    The West GTA is a thriving community of organic choices.

    Please share where you have seen them so others in your area can make this recipe.

    Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge partner

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