Quinoa Cereal for Breakfast

by on March 22, 2012

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains! Not only is it high in protein, but the protein that it supplies is complete, meaning it includes all nine essential amino acids. Plus, it’s gluten free, which is always helpful for those avoiding wheat/ gluten products. I love adding quinoa to salads or having it as a side for dinner but I’ve experimented with having it for breakfast as well. I’ve made hot quinoa flakes, overnight quinoa, quinoa flake bakes and quinoa parfaits in the past and more recently I’ve been trying my hand at cold quinoa cereals.

I started off with a quinoa berry cereal with cooked and chilled quinoa. This recipe works out great for me because I usually make a big batch of quiona every Sunday and keep it in the fridge for meals during the week. You could make the quinoa in the morning and serve it warm as well, but it’s more like cereal if it’s cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

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Cold Quinoa Berry Cereal

I used a mix of red and white quinoa for the bowl in the photo, but feel free to use any variety of quinoa you like. And you’ll notice the blueberries turned my almond milk blue – quite a patriotic breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 quinoa, cooked and chilled **
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (or berries of choice)
  • 1-1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon nut butter of choice

Preparation

  1. Place quinoa and blueberries in a bowl, cover with almond milk and top with nut butter. Enjoy!

This cereal is really good but sometimes I want the crunch factor of regular cereal. This lead me to experiment with making a toasted quinoa cereal last weekend. I used Kath’s recipe for Crunchy Buckwheat Granola as a guide but added a little quinoa to the mix and changed some of the measurements.

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Quinoa Buckwheat Cereal

Adapted from Kath’s Crunchy BuckWheat Granola

This toasted cereal is not overly sweet but extra crunchy from the buckwheat, quinoa and sunflower seeds. You can use it as you would any cereal and eat it by the handful (my favorite method), serve it plain with milk or use it as a topping for things like oatmeal, yogurt, etc.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw buckwheat (buckwheat groats)
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked **
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil, liquid (or other oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. In a large bowl combine buckwheat, quinoa and oats.
  3. In a small bowl combine maple syrup, oil, vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Pour maple syrup/oil mixture over the grain mixture and stir well, making sure all pieces are covered.
  5. Spread cereal mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (for easy clean up).
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Color should be golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and stir in raisins.
  8. Let cereal cool before placing into a covered container for storage.
** Since both of these recipes call for cooked quinoa, I’ll share how to cook it as well. See below.

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How to Cook Quinoa

There are many different methods, but this is the one I like best.

  1. Rinse and drain quinoa before cooking if your quinoa hasn’t been pre-rinsed. (It will say pre-rinsed on the package if it has been.)
  2. Place 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water into a saucepan. For instance 1/2 cup quinoa would require 1 cup of water.
  3. Bring quinoa and water to a boil, cover, reduce to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, keeping the saucepan covered and on the burner for another 4 to 7 minutes.
  5. Fluff quinoa gently with a fork and serve (or store for later use).

I hope these recipes give you some ideas for including quinoa into your morning routine. Let me know what you think if you try either of them. :) Have a lovely Thursday. Woo-hoo – it’s almost the weekend.

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 22, 2012 at 8:37 am

I’ve yet to try quinoa for breakfast, but this looks incredible! I need to start making extra to have on hand.

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LizAshlee March 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

Thanks for sharing! I just had quinoa blueberry cereal for breakfast yesterday…I made it on the stovetop with chia seeds so it was the warm version…so delicious!! I am excited to try your variation!

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Kate @ NaturaStride March 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

Great idea – thanks for sharing!

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Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) March 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

I have been really wanting to make my own cereal from buckwheat, but I never thought about adding quinoa too. It is one of my favorite grains, so I’ll have to try this sometime. Looks delicious!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes March 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

This sounds amazing!! I must try :)

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Jess March 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about quinoa breakfasts lately. I just recently fell in love with quinoa, but the idea of it being in something sweet seems so strange to me! I can’t even imagine what it will taste like, but of course I just haaavvee to try it ;)

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Eating Bird Food March 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I felt the same way at first, but you get used to it. It’s kind of like having savory oatmeal – it’s seems funny at first but it’s really good. Let me know if you try it.

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Jess March 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

I have yet to try savory oatmeal either, but I will definitely try that at some point too. I’m making a big batch of quinoa tonight, so I’ll probably have it for breakfast tomorrow!

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Jess March 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

i FINALLY tried this, except I used chopped up banana instead of berries. Kind of weird, but delicious all the same.

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Lauren March 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

This sounds delicious Brittany! I’m always looking for new cereal ideas. I still haven’t made quinoa for my morning meals yet but I think that should change!

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Hilary March 22, 2012 at 10:05 am

A friend recently started a juice cleanse and I was (still am) skeptical. I think it depends on the person, but for me, I prefer to actually eat/chew on something. A meal replacement smoothie is nice now-and-then but I have a hard time convincing myself that I am getting everything my body needs from a juice. Great article, thanks for sharing!

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Eating Bird Food March 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I am the same way Hilary. I like to have something to chew as well. For this reason I love adding a little granola to smoothies and eating them like soup. :)

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Emily Littlefield March 22, 2012 at 10:07 am

This looks great! I cant wait to try it :) Thanks for sharing

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Cat @ Breakfast to Bed March 22, 2012 at 10:12 am

I LOVE quinoa. I got tri color quinoa at TJs and can’ wait to try this!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

I love quinoa!! One of my favorite foods because it’s so versatile!

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Eating Bird Food March 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Me too!!

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Sandra March 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

Looks yummy! The Quinoa Buckwheat Cereal really does look like bird food!

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Eating Bird Food March 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I didn’t think about that, but you’re totally right!!! :)

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Love both options! Great use of leftover quinoa. I always always make extra quinoa when I cook it up.

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Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit March 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I had quinoa for dinner last night. Love it. Definitely going to have to try it for breakfast.

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Avery @ YoungAspirations March 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I keep saying I need to try quinoa for breakfast but I have yet to take the plunge! These recipes are so creative! I haven’t ever tried buckwheat either. These options look like a great place to start! Love your recipes :)

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Eating Bird Food March 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Thanks Avery. Let me know if you try it!

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Eva @TheHealthyParty March 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Does anyone know if you can make Quinoa in a rice cooker? I just got one but I haven’t tried that yet? :)

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Eating Bird Food March 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I don’t have a rice cooker so I’m not sure. You could probably google it though. :)

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Eva @TheHealthyParty March 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I googled it (Great idea hehe) and you can! You just cook it in the rice cooker for 15 minutes rather then 50 minutes with normal rice. Looks like I’ll being having lots of Quinoa cereal! :)

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Liz @ iheartvegetables March 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast but I was totally thinking the other day that I should start eating it. It’s like cereal… but healthier!! I love that it’s a complete source of protein :)

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Jane March 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

This sounds so good! I love quinoa, and I love buckwheat! I bet it would be a good topping … like as granola, or just with milk! Love this!

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Catherine @ Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth March 23, 2012 at 4:27 am

I had no idea you posted so many quinoa recipes! I want to try them all right now haha
Have you ever tried quinoa burger patties? Sooo yummy! I will have to do a post on those and quinoa cereal :)

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Lauren @ vegology March 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

I did a juice cleanse last year and the first two days were rough but around day 3 or 4 I felt great. The main benefit for me was an unexpected one: I became more in tune with my body and became better at distinguishing between hunger and cravings. Some people don’t have a problem with that but I did. When juice is the only food option, you can pretty easily decide if you are hungry or just wanting a piece of chocolate or a baked potato.

As for the detoxifying effects? I already eat a pretty healthy diet and I saw no evidence of detoxing or cleaning out my digestive system, while some of my friends, who hit up the drive-thru more often than I, did experience the signs of detoxification. Also, while this wasn’t my goal, I did lose weight and have kept it off, for what it’s worth.

I had a good experience overall, but when I weigh the costs and benefits, I won’t do a juice cleanse again. I just love chewing too much.

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Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I need to shake my cooking routine up a little by doing more with quinoa…I call myself the “Oatmeal Doctor” with all the oatmeal creations I make, but I feel like there’s probably a whole new world out there as far as breakfast goes. Maybe I’ll have to do a little more experimenting myself! ;)

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Elle @ nutritionella March 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I would never think to eat it cold. The blueberries sold me though! Thanks for the new breakfast idea.

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 24, 2012 at 9:33 am

Mmmm, that quinoa breakfast cereal sounds great!

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Kathy March 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I’m curious about cooking raw buckwheat groats. Do you have to soak them first? Thanks!

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Eating Bird Food March 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

It does seem odd not to cook or soak them but no soaking is necessary. :)

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Kathy March 25, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thanks….I’ll give it a try!

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Tyler April 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

Love the idea. Something I wouldn’t necessarily thought of. First time on your blog. I like it a lot. Congrats on the following. Will be checking in often.

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Sam @ Fit for My Fork April 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I made your quinoa buckwheat granola last night and had it for breakfast this morning, having never had buckwheat before! I’d also never had quinoa for breakfast. This recipe is going to be an absolute staple in my house! I am always looking for good breakfast ideas and it was SO good!

Thank you for much for your creative ideas for quinoa!

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Judy June 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

I’m having a hard time finding buckwheat groats – any idea where would be a good place to find them? Should I try a “natural foods” store?

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Eating Bird Food June 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Yes, I would try a natural foods store and look in the bulk bin section. That’s where I’ve always found them.

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katey @ superfoods August 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Whenever I throw a tablespoon of Quinoa seeds into something, i also always throw a tablespoon of chia seeds as well. Full up your tummy and fools it into thinking it does not need food for a few hours

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