Move 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:
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!Measure out your ingredients.
Get 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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note that the cereal will naturally thicken up as it sits and cools.
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 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!
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.
This 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!
If 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.
Here’s another simple recipe for easy overnight steel cut oats.