Quinoa might just be my favorite grain. Well, pseudograin if you want to get all technical on me. But seriously, I am kind of in love with quinoa. What once was something I only thought about using in savory dishes for lunch or dinner is quickly becoming a breakfast staple. So far I’ve made berry hot cereal, quinoa parfaits and banana quinoa flake bakes, all of which used either regular quinoa or quinoa flakes. The last quinoa item I needed to try out was quinoa flour and I marked that one off the list this week by making overnight quinoa cereal.
Into the mix went quinoa flour, oats, unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, sliced almonds and raisins. I popped the mixture into the fridge overnight and woke up to a thick and protein packed overnight cereal. It’s definitely thicker than regular overnight oats and it has over 15 grams of protein per serving.
This is super easy to make the night before and it’s so nice to wake up and have breakfast already made. Feel free to experiment with a variety of mix-ins and toppings. Adapted from Quinoa 365.
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup quinoa flour**
- 1 cup almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I use Sun Warrior)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- sliced banana, for topping
- In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Scoop into serving bowls and top with sliced bananas .
**I made the quinoa flour by blending regular quinoa in my Vita-mix. I’m not sure how it would work in regular blenders, but you could certainly give it a try. But, quinoa flour is also sold in health food stores or regular grocery stores that have a large gluten-free/organic selection.
In other non-quinoa news, Tuesday I was a guest on the Fitsmi radio show!! Fitsmi is a website for teenage girls who are struggling with their weight and ready to make a change. This site hits close to home and I was so excited to share my story and advice with the girls listening to the show last night. We talked about everything from my eating habits as a teen and how I lost my weight to kombucha and probiotics… it was a blast. If you want to check out the interview, the full recording is available here. You just have to promise not to laugh. I was nervous and said “um” and “a lot” way too many times 🙂
Alright, I have to run. I’ve got an early morning body pump class to attend.