Sunday, April 1, 2012

Dragon's Den Inspired: Holy Crap & Skinny B Breakfast Cereal Recipe


I've been watching Dragon Den ever since it first started airing on CBC.    I'm always intrigued by the different pitchers on the show, and find it extremely entertaining.  I think it's safe to say that the pitch for "Holy Crap" cereal was one of the most successful, if not the most successful Dragon's Den stories to date.  

Always a fan of trying new things (especially healthy new things) I eagerly bought the cereal as soon as I saw it in my local grocery store. The first time  I tried the cereal I was hooked.  It's full of powerful and healthy ingredients and incredibly great for your digestive health.  I have heard numerous testimonials from people who claim it has worked miracles for them, and proclamations of how much energy they have after eating it.  Even still, $9.99 for a small 225g bag didn't really feel like I was getting my money's worth.   

I scanned the ingredients on the package and realized that most of them could actually already be found in my cupboard.  I stopped at the health food store in Jasper yesterday and picked up the few remaining ingredients... the entire recipe cost me around $20 locally (slash that price in half if purchased from bulk stores) and yields 5 cups (which is over 4 times the amount you get in a package of Holy Crap). 

I suspect the recipe isn't exact as mine comes out 30 calories less than the original - but I think they look/taste the exact same, and lower calories is a good thing, right? 

I'm really looking forward to trying different flavours - I've already made a pina colada inspired one (recipe below) to sprinkle on my yogurt this morning.  :) 

Ingredients

Base Formula ("Skinny B")
- 1.75 cup chia seeds
- 1.25 cup buckwheat
- 1.5 cup hemp hearts

Cran-Apple Cinnamon ("Holy Crap")
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dried apples
- 1 tsp cinnamon

Pina Colada (my version)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes (I prefer unsweetened)
- 1/3 cup banana chips, crushed
- 1/4 cup dehydrated pineapples

Directions

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container (such as a mason jar).

For cereal:  combine 2 tbsp cereal with 4 tbsp milk of choice (I like almond milk).  Stir gently and let sit for 5 minutes.

Both are also quite delicious sprinkled in yogurt.



Enjoy!

Can you tell the difference? ;)



- Nutritional Info Base Formula (2 tbsp - 28 g) - 
Calories - 92   Fat - 5    Carbs - 8     Protein - 4    Fibre - 4

- Nutritional Info Cran-Apple Cinnamon (2 tbsp - 28 g) - 
Calories - 101   Fat - 5    Carbs - 10     Protein - 4    Fibre - 5

26 comments:

  1. gonna try this one day, I like this cereal, but it is so expensive. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No problem! I make this all the time now, we love it and no one can tell the difference. :)

      Delete
  2. Thanks for posting this. I do have a question about the buck wheat.....is this stuff hard like steel cut oats (needing to be cooked or soaked) or soft and nutty like the hemp hearts? I wanted to try and make it as well after reading so much about it, but have the mind set that buckwheat would be like eating stones..... Please help, cause I really wanna try this.

    Debbie.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. In this recipe I used organic raw buckwheat groats purchased in the bulk section of a local health food store. You can eat buckwheats both by soaking and by cooking, however they are raw in this recipe (though somewhat softened by the addition of either milk or yogurt). They aren't nearly as tough as steel cut oats, but certainly not as soft as hemp hearts. They crunchy, but in a good way (I really like them). Hope this helps, I am a bit new to buckwheat myself. :)

      Delete
    2. The Nature's Path Qia version of rhis cereal uses toasted groats instead if raw buckwheat. The toasting seems to make them nicely crunchy, but easy to chew. Thanks for the recipe, I will be trying it out next week!

      Delete
  3. Thanks for the recipes with the nutritional breakdown :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Have you investigated to possibility of using barley in the recipe? At one time you could purchase "barley chop" from feed stores - very inexpensive...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've never used barley before but it's worth looking into. Thanks! :)

      Delete
  5. I thank you so much for posting the recipe. We are ready to try it tomorrow morning with my mom. I am so excited to start this new adventure. Thank you again!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you enjoy it, thanks for stopping by! :)

      Delete
  6. How much makes a serving? Like for a bowl of cereal?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Jax, have you tried adding ground flax to the mix? I figure this could help boost the fibre content.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Awesome recipe! Thanks so much. I love it! Made the "Holy Crap" version and I am going to make your Pina Colada recipe later today as well. I also picked up some dried strawberries which I will use to make a Strawberry Banana version. Love that you provided the nutritional info as well!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thank you for your comments.

      Delete
  9. Thanks so much for your version of a healthy breakfast. I love your website

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for detailing this but your base formula doesn't quite match what the original Skinny B looks like; placed one tablespoon side by side, the original has a far more visible ratio of chia seeds to hemp hearts and buckwheat (i.e. you should see much more dark seeds visible than light). The ratio is closer to 2:1:1 Chia seeds, Hemp Hearts, Buckwheat, so you would need to add at least 0.75 cups to the base.

    I encourage you to try the above ratio vs yours and see what's the closer formula.

    ReplyDelete
  11. so glad i just found this. my bag of Skinny B is almost empty and I did not want to shell out the $$ for a new bag. gonna mix some up and try out a bunch of flavors :0)
    yummy thanks for doing the dirty work!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Just to clarigy. To get the Holy Crap recipe start with the Basic Recipe of

    - 1.75 cup chia seeds
    - 1.25 cup buckwheat
    - 1.5 cup hemp hearts

    and then add the Holy Crap recipe?

    - 1/3 cup dried cranberries
    - 1/4 cup raisins
    - 1/4 cup dried apples
    - 1 tsp cinnamon

    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! The base recipe can be made into several different flavours - to have your cereal taste like the "Holy Crap" name brand cereal you would then add the ingredients listed under "Holy Crap Recipe". Hope that helps. :)

      Delete
  13. Thanks for the recipe! I eat steel cut oatmeal every day, and since I discovered holy crap I've been adding it to my oats before cooking and it cooks up so creamy and delicious, just sweet enough. Expensive though. So thankful for your recipe, especially the piña colada version! Had it this morning and was super tasty. Also made a version with dried currants, dried cranberries sweetened with raspberry juice and almonds. So much more variety in breakfast now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a great idea! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

      Delete
  14. This is amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to make a less expensive version of this and share. I don't eat wheat-free per se (follow Weight Watchers), but I try to pack in the nutrients during breakfast and lunch so I can share a somewhat more indulgent (but still healthy) dinner with my family. I've been eating either steel cut oats or Holy Crap cereal for breakfast so this is awesome!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Social Media Post Footer