Grain-Free Buckwheat Cereal for Travel

View to NYC from water taxi |

After going to Miami for BlogHer Food a few weeks ago, Alan and I took a side trip to NYC. BTW, can you tell that I’ve lived in California for most of my life…I assumed that flying from Florida to New York would take, oh, about an hour? WRONG! It took 3 1/2. Hrmph.

Nonetheless, once we got to our destination, we hit the ground running. I wrote last week about some of my tips for staying healthy while traveling, and one of my “must-do” items is to bring along foods for breakfast. I’ve written before about my Chocolate Travel Overnight Oats and today I’m sharing a grain-free version that you don’t even have to soak overnight.

Grain-Free Hotel Breakfast: Easy Buckwheat Cereal from Carrie on Living |

Traveling is expensive and I estimate that preparing breakfast in our room saved us at least several hundred dollars over the course of the time we were gone. Also, I should mention that this recipe doesn’t have to be just for travel, it’s great prepared and eaten at home, too! 🙂

You can see the oh-so-lovely and (expansive…not!) mobile kitchen I set up on our hotel room window ledge including coconut yogurt, almond milk, nut butter, the packets of cereal I brought along, and the bowls and spoons I got from the Whole Foods Market salad bar (unpictured are the berries and banana):

Grain-Free Hotel Breakfast: Easy Buckwheat Cereal from Carrie on Living |

Just how I like it – delicious, nutritious, unadulterated food:

Grain-Free Hotel Breakfast: Easy Buckwheat Cereal from Carrie on Living |

I made sure that we had a mini-fridge in our room where I was able to defrost the berries and store leftover yogurt, milk, and fruit, but you could actually work around that even if you didn’t have a fridge. In that case, you would just buy the single-serving non-dairy milks, yogurt, and fresh berries instead.

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Here’s the recipe:

Grain-Free Buckwheat Cereal
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  1. Place the buckwheat groats, cocoa powder, protein powder cinnamon, flaxseed, and currants into a bowl. Stir in the blueberries, coconut yogurt, and nut butter and serve cold.

This is not a view I can get at home, that’s for sure:

Grain-Free Hotel Breakfast: Easy Buckwheat Cereal from Carrie on Living |

I plan to share more of my eats and adventures from my trip later this week, but now you know at least how I started each day:

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  1. says

    Sounds delish! I don’t have a dehydrator….if I make this at home, can I soak the groats overnight, drain/rinse and then combine with the other ingredients without dehydrating? thanks!

    • says

      Hi Jill, the groats won’t be crunchy if they’re not dehydrated. I have made a porridge using soaked/rinsed and un-dried buckwheat groats, but it’s not my favorite way to serve them. In this case, I would probably suggest using rolled oats. 🙂

      • says

        I went ahead and tried it anyway and I loved it! I rinsed the groats multiple times …..they get so slimy when soaked! But then I mixed it in a mason jar with cacao, cacao nibs, chopped apples, hemp protein, almond butter, chia seeds, chopped dates, slivered almonds, shredded coconut and over the top poured some chocolate cashew milk I had made the day before, and took it with me in the car…it was delicious! I guess it depends if you like the texture or not. But I thought it was really tasty and satisfying. Thanks again for the idea!

  2. says

    YUM!! I have vacationed in New York, and if you can make breakfast like this in New York size hotels….you can make it ANYWHERE! Great post, thanks for the new recipe 🙂

  3. Kathy L. says

    Do you mind sharing where you stayed in NYC? In the past I’ve always stayed at The Paramount near Times Square – no fridge. I’m going back in November and will be staying on the Upper West Side. I got a room with a fridge but it’s MEGA $$$. Curious what other options there are.


      • Kathy L. says

        Thank you! The nearest one to what I’m doing this trip is still a half hour walk after dark. And the savings aren’t really that great compared to what I’ve already booked. So this time for the Upper West Side I’m sticking with The Hotel Beacon. But for future trips it’s good to know there are friddge/micro options near midtown. Thank you, thank you.


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