Updated: Mar 23, 2021
Did we say... quinoa for breakfast?! You read that correctly. Quinoa. Breakfast. Game changer.
Quinoa is a whole grain, and is an excellent source of plant protein and fiber. It also has high levels of magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, E vitamins, and antioxidants. PLUS it is extremely versatile in recipes - you may have only used it in lunches and dinners up until now!
What you'll need for this recipe: a stove, a small or large pot + its lid, a wooden spoon (ideally for mixing), a serving bowl
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
½ cup uncooked (dry) quinoa
½ cup regular unsweetened or vanilla almond milk (or any nut milk of choice)
½ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp sea salt
Green apple slices
Cinnamon (other spices such as nutmeg also work well)
Rinse and drain the quinoa.
Place the quinoa in a small pot
Add the almond milk (or alternative nut milk), coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
Turn on the heat, and bring the pot to a high simmer, then reduce the heat. Stir frequently so that the liquid doesn't dry out.
Add your sweetener of choice, this could be honey, agave, maple syrup, monk fruit, or anything else you would like.
After the 15 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the hot burner
Allow the quinoa to sit and cool for approximately 5 minutes (until majority of the liquid has been absorbed)
You can take a taste at this point! Feel free to adjust the flavor by adding any additional condiments/spices according to your own personal liking.
Scoop the cooked quinoa into a bowl, and top with desired toppings such as apple slices, berries, cinnamon, shredded coconut, coconut cream drizzle, honey, flakey sea salt, etc.
During the cooking process, if you feel liquids are too low or too high, feel absolutely free to adjust as you wish. Do you want it thicker? Let it cook for longer to allow more moisture to absorb. Do you like it to be runnier? Add more of the almond or coconut milk, or even water! (Don’t forget that quinoa can be cooked with plain old water if you do not like nut milk flavours). Enjoy!