hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berriesMove over grape nuts, there’s a new cereal in town. Seriously, this is by far my newest cereal obsession.  I mean I’m literally OBSESSED!  I’m now substituting my regimented daily bowl of grape nuts for this warm and comforting cereal. This is a big deal folks because I have been eating grape nuts since I was 17.  Yes, it’s the honest to goodness truth, I kid you not. I explain more about my cereal habit/obsession in this old, what I ate last week post.  I’m really just a creature of habit, especially when it comes to my breakfast routine.  I’m a carb junkie and always have been.  I need carbs to get me going in the morning, and eggs or pancakes just don’t cut it.

This is seriously the easiest hot cereal (besides instant) to prepare. What’s even better is that it can be made the night before.  Whoo hoo! All you do is bring the quinoa, oats and goji berries to a boil, then shut off the heat, cover the pot, and let it sit till morning. Overnight the grains absorb the water and cook through perfectly.  All you have to do in the morning is get up (of course) and re-heat the cereal.  I love it because on a cold winter morning, it’s the perfect comfort fuel to start the day.  I love steel-cut oats and to mix them with the protein power and nutrition of quinoa and the antioxidants of goji berries, well you have yourself a breakfast fit for champions.  You could ski for hours or run a half marathon after eating this breakfast concoction.

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries:

recipe from bon appetit
Makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa - I like the brand from Ancient Harvest, as it’s pre-washed so you don’t have to rinse it
  • 1/2 cup dried goji berries – you can really use any dried fruit, such as dried blueberries, cranberries or barberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins - this is optional.  I’ve made this cereal with raisins and without, as my hubby is not a fan of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 cups (32-ounces) water
  • optional – maple syrup or raw honey for topping
  • your favorite toppings such as; toasted walnuts, sliced almonds, dried or fresh mango, dried cranberries, dried cherries, hemp seeds, sliced apple, bananas, fresh or dried blueberries, sliced strawberries

Here are all of the ingredients that you will need for the cereal, expect of course, the 4 cups of water and the toppings.  I love this brand of quinoa below because it doesn’t require any rinsing. Also, it’s on sale right now at Whole Foods, so stock up!DSC_0001-2Measure out your ingredients.

DSC_0011Get out a medium saucepan, soup pan or Dutch oven and add in the 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup steel-cut oats, 1/2 cup goji berries, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom.

DSC_0017Pour in the 4 cups water and give it a stir.

DSC_0021Now there are two ways to cook this up. I will give you the overnight version first, and then the instant version below.  I have tried the cereal both ways and love it.

 Here’s the overnight version.

Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring the cereal mixture to a boil.  Don’t stray to far as this comes to a boil within 5 minutes or so.

DSC_0026Turn off the heat, give it a quick stir, cover and then let it sit out overnight.  Yep, that’s all there is to it. Easy peasy.

Goodnight!

DSC_0001-3Good morning!

When you wake up and patter into the kitchen, open the lid and this is what you will see.  The quinoa and steel-cut oats have absorbed all of the water, genius.

DSC_0005Give the cereal a quick stir and turn on the heat to medium-low.  Stir occasionally, adding water if needed, (I didn’t need to add any additional water, as mine still had some water left) until the cereal is warmed through, about 5-8 minutes.

Please note that the cereal will naturally thicken up as it sits and cools. 

DSC_0051-2If you want to make this up fresh one morning, go for it. It really only takes 30 minutes for the whole process. Follow the first 2 steps and then when the cereal comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer (uncovered), stirring occasionally until the grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Top the cereal with a splash or two of maple syrup or drizzle on some raw honey, and then throw on whatever your heart desires.  The cereal is a bit sweet due to the cardamom and cinnamon so you may not even need to top it with anything.  I love topping mine with some toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or blueberries, and sometimes I will even throw on a sliced banana. Hey, I’m letting loose and breaking free here!

DSC_0020-2In the summer, I like to top my cereal with some sliced strawberries, blueberries and a touch of raw honey.

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berriesThis is seriously the perfect way to start the day.  They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not start it out right with a nutritional power packed breakfast like this.

Got leftovers?  Just re-heat the cereal in a sauce pan, covered, over medium-low heat.  The cereal will thicken as it sits, so you will want to add a bit of water or almond milk to thin it up as it’s cooking.

DSC_0027-3This cereal is the perfect cereal to bring as a hostess gift, (especially if you’re staying overnight) teacher gift, or to take with you on a trip (provided you have a stove and pan). All you do is get a cute jar or container with a lid.  Add in the dry ingredients and then cap it off.  All you have to do to make it, is just add 4 cups of water.  Easy peasy!

IMG_3301If you like the thought of quinoa in the morning, but are short on time, or didn’t plan ahead, then you have to try my 5 minute hot quinoa cereal.

5 minute hot quinoa cerealHere’s another simple recipe for easy overnight steel cut oats.

overnight steel cut oats (1 of 1)-2

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

Rating: 51

Yield: 4 servings

hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa - I like the brand from Ancient Harvest, as it's pre-washed so you don't have to rinse it
  • 1/2 cup dried goji berries - you can really use any dried fruit, such as dried blueberries, cranberries or barberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins - this is optional. I've made this cereal with raisins and without, as my hubby is not a fan of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 4 cups (32-ounces) water
  • optional - maple syrup or raw honey for topping
  • your favorite toppings such as; toasted walnuts, sliced almonds, dried or fresh mango, dried cranberries, dried cherries, hemp seeds, sliced apple, bananas, fresh or dried blueberries, fresh strawberries

Instructions

Get out a heavy bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven and add in the 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup steel-cut oats, 1/2 cup goji berries, 1/4 cup raisins, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom.

Pour in the 4 cups water and give it a stir.

Now there are two ways to cook this up. I will give you the overnight version first, and then the instant version below. I have tried the cereal both ways and love it.

Here's the overnight version.

Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring the cereal mixture to a boil. Don't stray to far as this comes to a boil within 5 minutes or so.

Turn off the heat, give it a quick stir, cover and then let it sit out overnight. Yep, that's all there is to it. Easy peasy.

When you wake up and patter into the kitchen you will see that the grains have absorbed all of the water. Give the cereal a quick stir and turn on the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally, adding water if needed, (I didn't need to add any additional water, as mine still had some water left) until the cereal is warmed through, about 5-8 minutes.

If you want to make this up fresh one morning, go for it. It really only takes 30 minutes for the whole process. Follow the first 2 steps and then when the cereal comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer (uncovered), stirring occasionally until the grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Top the cereal with a splash or two of maple syrup and then throw on whatever your heart desires. The cereal is a bit sweet due to the cardamom and cinnamon so you may not even need to top it with anything.

I love topping mine with some toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or blueberries, and sometimes I will even throw on a sliced banana. In the summer, I love topping it with some fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Got leftovers? Just re-heat the cereal in a sauce pan, covered, over medium-low heat. The cereal will thicken as it sits, so you will want to add a bit of water to thin it up as it's cooking.

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  1. okay i must make these pronto. as in got to get dried goji berries NOW! I have no idea where to get them though- the internet? We do not – not ever- have those in our stores or the market. Hummm? Must think about this while at the same time think about how lovely and warm and inviting this would be to wake up to! Motivation to get the berries

    • Hi Jessica. You really can use any dry fruit in the cereal. I just used goji berries because chock full of antioxidants. You could use dry cranberries, blueberries or barberries. I will update the post so that people know that. Don’t you have a Whole Foods down there? If not, then you can certainly order these on-line at Amazon! Have a great day girlfriend :)

  2. Yum, so glad you posted this! I think I’m going to try it this weekend. I love your story about you being a cereal girl. I’m so not, I love eggs or protein smoothie in the morning, have to have the higher protein. But I do love hot cereal like on the weekend and this looks so hearty, healthy, and best of all delicious! Also good to know about that brand of quinoa. I get one that you have to rinse. Anything that saves a step is good in my book!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the mirrors. I left you a reply back but I forgot to mention that you can see a little bit of the new bamboo roman blinds in the mirror reflection. I love them! :)
    Okay Sunshine, I’ve got to get going. It’s mammogram day for me so I’ll be heading out soon. Talk to you later! xoxo, Sharon

    • Ugh, mammograms, not the most exciting way to spend an afternoon, but its always good to get these things done. Zoe and Eli are egg white fans. I fry up 4 egg whites for them every morning and they pair that with either toast or cereal. I prefer eggs more at lunchtime,but in the morning time they just don’t taste good to me. When we go out to breakfast somewhere I always order the steel-cut oats. Yes, make your life easier and get the no-rinse quinoa! It has saved me so much time! I hope all goes well for you today :)

  3. Hey mountain mama! I was a bit surprised that I had the cardamom, as I don’t remember using it in anything before. It must have been something John picked up for one of his recipes. Let me know what you think, as well as what you add to it! You always have great ideas! :)

  4. Hi Jackie! I just made this for breakfast and it was so delicious I had to tweet about it!! I used cranberries in place of the goji and it worked well. Topped if off with brown sugar and walnuts – oh my! Can’t wait for breakfast again tomorrow :-)

    • I just saw your tweet Cheryl! Thanks so much for the shout out. I’m so glad you loved this cereal. I love your additions and I actually tried brown sugar on mine this morning as well (great minds think alike) and I loved it. I think I will add that to the above post. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts and additions to the recipe. I know it helps readers to see what people think, as well as what they add or change to a recipe. You’re the best :)

  5. oh yum yum yum!! Oatmeal used to be my total go to breakfast and I loved cooking it up with the raisins so that they got all puffy again and also made the water they were cooked in go sweet as well. I bet this would be delicious topped with some cream in addition to the maple syrup! Oh I cannot wait to get back into my cooking grooove. I also totally still owe you that email Im always going on about – but I also know youre a laid back chick about stuff like that :). STILL so much to tell. Love you always xoxo

    • Hey Emmie! Yes, cream would be good and so rich! Yum! No rush on the proper email. You’re a working woman right now, and I get it. I will email you because I do have two simple questions for you! Miss you my London friend :)

  6. i am so excited to have this in the morning!! Everything just boiled and it will all sit overnight!! Yum!! Thank you for having a video on how to cut squash!! That was very helpful!!
    love,
    deb

  7. you are amazing!!! can’t wait to try… can i ask, though – i have a boatload of “quick” steel cut oats (Coach’s oats from Costco)….do you have any ideas on how i could use those instead of regular steel cut? Do you think i could substitute them into your recipe? or maybe add them in closer to the end of the cooking process? thank you!!! :D, christina

    • Hi Christina! You asked a tough question as I’m not to familiar with instant steel-cut oats. I know that steel cut oats are hard little pellets and really need a good amount of water and time to soften up. I don’t know what instant ones look like nor do I know how they cook up. I don’t want to say, go for it and add them at the end, if it’s not a good idea. I would advise trying this recipe with the regular old steel-cut oats and save the instant for those days when you just want a quick and easy bowl of oats. I know that’s not much of an answer, but I also don’t want to have you waste all of those other ingredients if it’s not going to work! If you do try it with the instant oats, let me know how it goes! Have a great day girl!

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  9. I am such a creature of habit too…especially breakfast…my go to is old fashioned oats, wheat germ, flax & agave. I can eat that every morning…especially in the winter when it is so cold here…in the summer I flip over to smoothies :-) I love quinoa so you may get me to change now! And I love when you can put all the ingredients in a pot and let it cook overnight…wake up to a fresh meal. love that!!!

    • Hey girl! Your breakfast of choice sounds great and right up my alley. Speaking of smoothies, I’m about to whip one up for the kids as I write this. Try the quinoa version, you will love it and what’s great about it, is that you can add anything to it. Have a great weekend :)

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  13. Great recipe! Have you ever tried using almond milk with the steel cut oats and/or quinoa & not cooking it? Would it turn out the same or would it turn out funky?

    Love your pictures & great instructions!

    • Hi Journey, love your name btw! I have actually tried throwing my steel cut oats in the fridge overnight with almond milk. It was good, but I wasn’t in love with it because it was a bit chewy and really didn’t do it for me. I was going to try the overnight oats with yogurt and regular old oats, I hear that is good. Thanks for your sweet comment about the steps and pics! Let me know what you think when you try the cereal! xoxo, Jackie

  14. Sprouts carries gogi berries in their bins:) 15.99 a pound they are yummy! Recipe sounds delicious cant wait to try it !

    • Hi Linda! Gogi berries are not cheap. I think I pay $9.99 for an 8oz bag, but they do last me a couple of weeks, so to me it’s worth it. I eat them as a snack with almonds and dark chocolate as well as use them in this cereal and my 5 minute hot quinoa cereal. I hope you enjoy this cereal! :) xoxo, Jackie

  15. loved reading remarks about quinoa. i’ve been wanting to try it in salads. also the gogi berries. haven’t found either yet (haven’t looked). we don’t have any of that kind of stores in fort pierce, fl. was prepared to do the steel cut tonight but now just want to get in bed.