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.
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.
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.
Adapted from Kath’s Crunchy BuckWheat Granola
This toasted cereal is not overly sweet but extra crunchy from the buckwheat and quinoa. 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.
There are many different methods, but this is the one I like best.
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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