I’m breaking up with oatmeal. Sounds harsh, and I do love all the great health benefits of oatmeal, but something’s been missing. Protein! I solved that problem for a while by adding protein powder, but in all reality, I’ve just become bored. I needed something new in the morning WITH protein to keep me going till lunch time (or beyond.) Quinoa’s been around for awhile and I’m just now jumping on the breakfast quinoa kick. Sure, I’ve made it several times as a savory side or salad, but never as a warm breakfast cereal. I finally gave it a try last weekend and LOVED IT! I love the bite of the quinoa and it takes to whatever flavor you desire so easily. If you need a break from oatmeal, give this Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa with Chia and Wild Blueberries a try, you won’t be disappointed! And it’ll keep you energized MUCH longer.
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This Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa with Chia and Wild Blueberries is super simple to make. You will need: 2 cups milk, 1 cup quinoa (rinsed), 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 squeeze stevia extract, 1/4 cup each wild blueberries and raisins, 1 apple (chopped), 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, and fresh mint leaves. We’ll talk about substitutions in a minute.
The basic recipe for the quinoa is easy. Bring the milk to a boil over medium heat, add the rinsed quinoa, return to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer the quinoa for 15 minutes. That’s it!
Now for substitutions and alterations. Just like any recipe, you can add, delete or alter the ingredients to your liking. You can use any kind of milk you like, I’ve made this with coconut milk and it was delicious. The only thing I didn’t like was losing out on the protein of the milk. I added chia seeds to up the protein and for their omega-3 content, but you can omit them if you’d like. I like to use liquid stevia extract as my sweetener, you can sub honey, brown sugar, or just leave it out completely. The fruit can be anything you like or have on hand. I added a garnish of vanilla Greek yogurt for it’s probiotic quality (and it just tastes yummy), but if you’re trying to cut back on dairy, this can be omitted as well. Lastly, I added mint because it grows in our garden and my family and I love the flavor. Get creative and have fun with this breakfast, this recipe makes 4 servings so everyone can flavor theirs as they like.
Once the quinoa is cooked, throw in the additions. Garnish and serve immediately with a little extra milk and enjoy!
Here are some of my other favorite breakfast recipes:
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