recipe | breakfast quinoa

Warm nutty quinoa has quickly become my favorite go-to breakfast on the weekends. It is simple and super fast to prepare, not to mention you can easily switch up a few ingredients to suit your current cravings. The flavor possibilities with breakfast quinoa are seemingly endless; you can add nuts, seeds, berries, bananas, dried fruit, sweeteners, spices, zest, and the list goes on. Check out a few of my favorite combinations below!

Quinoa, pronounced [keen-wah] is an amino acid-rich seed originating from South America. Besides its unique protein, quinoa is a great source of manganese, magnesium, folate, and the amino acid lysine essential to tissue growth and repair. Quinoa is gluten-free, and is often times mistaken for a grain, because of its ability to be substituted for almost any grain in a recipe. It is easy to digest, light, fluffy, a bit crunchy, and has a slightly nutty flavor. Best of all it’s a great basic staple to any meal. You can make it savory or spicy and load it with veggies for a satisfying lunch or dinner. Or make a recipe like the one below, served a bit sweet with fruit+nuts+non-dairy milk for a comforting, healthy breakfast.

Banana+Walnut Breakfast Quinoa 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk (or coconut, soy, rice or any other dairy free milk)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (whichever color you like best – or mix them like I did)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (or hemp or flax seeds)
  • 1 heaping tsp, cinnamon
  • 1 medium banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • optional – sweetener (few drops of stevia or 1 tbsp of organic, grade A maple syrup)
  • optional – a sprinkle of coconut flakes for topping

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium-sized sauce pan over medium heat, combine the non-dairy milk, water, quinoa, and chia seeds.  Bring the mixture to a rapid boil, add cinnamon, mix well, and then reduce heat allowing mixture to cook on a low simmer for about 15 minutes or until about three-quarters of the moisture has been absorbed. Remove quinoa mixture from the heat, and stir in sweetener if you are using. Place quinoa into individual serving dishes, and top with sliced banana, walnuts and coconut flakes (if desired). For a creamier texture, simply pour a bit more of the almond milk on top of the mixture. Serve warm!
For other flavor combinations, make the basic quinoa mixture with non-dairy milk, cinnamon, water, and chia seeds. Then add whatever toppings your little heart desires. Here are just a few other delicious ideas to try:
  • blackberries+raspberries+pecans+brown sugar
  • goji berries + silvered almonds + hemp seed
  • strawberries + blueberries + lemon zest
  • dried cranberries + walnuts + orange zest
  • raisins + dried apricot + sunflower seeds

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