Ok, here’s another quinoa cereal that I tell you is super simple to whip up, like 5 minute simple. I love my other quinoa and steel-cut oat cereal, but I have to plan ahead the night before in order to make it, and sometimes I just want to wake up and have some hot cereal, like NOW! I’m not the type of person who likes to fuss a lot when it comes to breakfast. I like to have my coffee and cereal ready within 10 minutes of waking. That’s just how I roll. I’m finally getting tired of my traditional cold cereal fix (after 20 some years) and have been experimenting with some new hot and healthy (ooh, I really like the sound of that) cereals. I recently saw these quinoa flakes (see below photo) at the grocery store (in the cereal section, next to the oatmeal) and decided to try them. I mean the package said it could be ready in minutes, and that sentence alone sold me.
I will admit that this cereal is kind of bland on its own, but top it off with a freshly sliced banana, antioxidant rich mulberries, blueberries, cranberries, toasted walnuts, and of course, some maple syrup to give it some sweetness (I need the sweet people) and this cereal goes from bland to “wow,” all in an instant. It’s all about the toppings baby! If you top it with peanut butter and bananas you don’t even need honey or maple syrup. The peanut butter adds amazing flavor to the quinoa and almost tastes like a peanut butter sandwich.
You can use water here, but I wanted to add to the nutritional value by adding some unsweetened almond milk (which is vegan and dairy free). The milk also helps to make the cereal a bit creamier. I also threw in some antioxidant rich goji berries, just because I like them, and they’re a super food you know! You don’t have to add those if you’re not a fan though. You could keep the cereal as is with just the milk, or add in some dried blueberries or cranberries in lieu of the goji berries. Ok, set your timer and let’s make some cereal!
5 minute hot quinoa cereal:
makes 1 serving
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, rice milk, 1% milk , or milk of choice
- 1/3 cup quinoa flakes – you can find these flakes in the cereal section next to the oatmeal
- 1/4 cup goji berries, dried blueberries or cranberries – You can also make this without any of the berries
- pinch of sea salt
- maple syrup, raw honey or peanut butter to top
- toppings such as toasted walnuts, toasted almonds, granola, fresh or dried blueberries, goji berries, mulberries, sliced banana, cranberries, dried cherries, sliced strawberries, sliced peaches you name it
In a small to medium sized saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the almond milk to a boil.
Let the cereal sit for 3 minutes, (set your timer here) to allow the quinoa flakes to cook through. This is what the cereal looks like before it sits for 3 minutes.
My other favorite way is to top them with my favorite peanut butter and sliced banana. It actually tastes like a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
I hope this becomes another cereal staple in your house! You could even make this cereal with a bowl and hot water if you didn’t have a pan or milk handy, like say on a trip or at the office. Just microwave or boil the water in a bowl and then add in the quinoa, salt and goji berries. Stir and let sit and serve as usual! When I travel, I pre-mix the quinoa flakes, salt and goji berries in a small jar or bag so that I can have a healthy breakfast when traveling. All I then need is some hot water, hot milk and a banana. Easy peasy!
Like hot cereals? Then try my hot quinoa and steel-cut oat cereal with goji berries.
Or you can try my easy overnight steel cut oats.