5 minute hot quinoa cereal

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5 minute hot quinoa cereal

5 minute hot quinoa cerealOk, 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.

DSC_0023I 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 berries you don’t even need honey or maple syrup.  The peanut butter adds amazing flavor to the quinoa, and it melts into the cereal making it taste like a peanut butter sandwich. YUM!5-minute hot quinoa cereal and Thug Kitchen cookbookYou 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).  You can also use sweetened almond milk or coconut milk, the list goes on and on….

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

5 minute hot quinoa cereal:

makes 1 serving

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, sweetened almond milk, coconut 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.

DSC_0040When the milk comes to a boil, add in the 1/3 cup quinoa flakes, the 1/4 cup goji berries (or dried blueberries) and a pinch of salt, turn off the heat and give the cereal a stir.

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.

DSC_0044Give the cereal and give it a final stir. See how much thicker and creamier it is?

DSC_0056Ladle the cereal into a bowl and top with one of the below toppings along with a nice drizzle of maple syrup.

hot quinoa cerealMy favorite toppings are a sliced banana, dried cranberries, mulberries, and toasted walnuts.  Those are my go-to toppings and I pile them on!

5 minute hot quinoa cerealMy 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.

5 minute hot quinoa cerealI adore it topped with some chunky peanut butter and sliced strawberries. It tastes like a peanut butter and strawberry sandwich!5 minute hot quinoa cerealI also love it topped with some peanut butter, homemade granola and dried blueberries!

5-minute hot quinoa cereal  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!

5 minute hot quinoa cerealLike hot cereals?

Then try my hot quinoa and steel-cut oat cereal with goji berries. This is an overnight cereal that’s packed with the heartiness of steel cut oats and the protein of quinoa.hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berriesOr you can try my easy overnight steel cut oats.  This is the simple and classic way to enjoy steel cut oats.

easy overnight steel cut oats with blueberries and honeyToasted overnight steel cut oats. Toasting the oats in butter adds a new depth of flavor and richness, as well as a chewier and nuttier taste and texture. Double YUM!

toasted overnight steel cut oatsWhen I have some time on the weekends, I love to make a batch of these almond flour pancakes. They’re packed with protein and will keep you going all morning long!

almond flour pancakes

5 from 1 reviews
5 minute hot quinoa cereal
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, sweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, 1% milk , or milk of choice
  • ⅓ cup quinoa flakes - you can find these flakes in the cereal section next to the oatmeal
  • ¼ 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
Instructions
  1. In a small to medium sized saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the almond milk to a boil.
  2. When the milk comes to a boil, add in the ⅓ cup quinoa flakes, the ¼ cup goji berries (or dried blueberries) and a pinch of salt, turn off the heat and give the cereal a stir.
  3. Let the cereal sit for 3 minutes, (set your timer here) to allow the quinoa flakes to cook through.
  4. Give the cereal and give it a final stir. It will be a lot thicker and creamier.
  5. Ladle the cereal into a bowl and top with one of your favorite toppings along with a nice drizzle of maple syrup.
  6. My favorite toppings are a sliced banana, dried cranberries, mulberries, and toasted walnuts. Those are my go-to toppings and I pile them on!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving
 
5 from 1 reviews
5 minute hot quinoa cereal
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, sweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, 1% milk , or milk of choice
  • ⅓ cup quinoa flakes - you can find these flakes in the cereal section next to the oatmeal
  • ¼ 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
Instructions
  1. In a small to medium sized saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the almond milk to a boil.
  2. When the milk comes to a boil, add in the ⅓ cup quinoa flakes, the ¼ cup goji berries (or dried blueberries) and a pinch of salt, turn off the heat and give the cereal a stir.
  3. Let the cereal sit for 3 minutes, (set your timer here) to allow the quinoa flakes to cook through.
  4. Give the cereal and give it a final stir. It will be a lot thicker and creamier.
  5. Ladle the cereal into a bowl and top with one of your favorite toppings along with a nice drizzle of maple syrup.
  6. My favorite toppings are a sliced banana, dried cranberries, mulberries, and toasted walnuts. Those are my go-to toppings and I pile them on!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving
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  1. Carolyn

    I’ve been eyeing these same quinoa flakes at my local natural foods store but just haven’t purchased a box for some reason. I’m glad you were the guinea pig:) Next time I’m there I’ll grab a box.

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  2. Sharon B.

    Good morning Sunshine! First of all, you make me smile by the way you write. “I need the sweet people!” Ha! I would too! :) I use either maple syrup or agave syrup on oatmeal or your other “hot and healthy cereal” recipe and it just makes it taste so good!
    I just realized I’ve been calling you sunshine in the last couple comments I’ve written and now I figured out why. It’s because the way you write is so…sunny! I always look forward your posts. :)
    Anyways, this recipes looks like one to try! I’ve never had dried mulberries or quinoa flakes before – I didn’t even realize either of those existed! I’ll have to look for those. I like your other cereal recipe too but you’re right that it takes awhile to make. I’ve got to pin this one too and try it too! Okay girl, I’ll talk to you soon! xoxo, Sharon

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      jackiegrandy

      Awwww, you’re super sweet and you made my morning. Hey, I’m being honest there, I love these healthy quinoa cereals, but I need to top them off with something sweet, I can’t eat them as is. Dried mulberries are a super food, so of course I bought them. They are dried so they are not plump and moist like raisins. The cereal really tastes great with the sliced banana on top. I mean you gotta put that on there. I hope you have a blissful day. I’m attempting to make another veggie burger to sample at lunch today. It’s from my Meat Free Monday cookbook, so I think it will be good. I have tried a few recipes from there and have loved them all. xoxo, Jackie

  3. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)

    5 minutes? Girl! I can do this! homemade cinnamon rolls in the morning (a daily request) i think not but 5 minute quinoa- i can do that. It looks delicious my friend. Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Got to make it short today- no time- as if I ever really have time but today definitely no time but I wanted to stop by:)

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      jackiegrandy

      Girl, I so get it! I’m so excited for vacation next week :) I need a break from the routine! I can’t believe that you make homemade cinnamon rolls each morning. WOW, you have me beat.

  4. Michelle

    The consistency on this looks creamy and delicious! I’m going to look for quinoa flakes and give this a try! Maybe you’ll help me get over my dislike for quinoa like you did with kale!

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      jackiegrandy

      Ok, knowing you, you will definitely need to add a drizzle or two of maple syrup girl. It needs a bit of sweet! xoxo, Jackie

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      jackiegrandy

      Awww, Annie you’re too sweet! I do agree that we have been visiting each other’s blogs for so long that it’s like we’re chatting on the phone. It’s great how you can develop an on-line blogger friendship. Yes, 5 minutes for a healthy breakfast, that’s a winner in my book. xoxo, Jackie

  5. angela@ another bite please

    i haven’t seen quinoa flakes before…can’t wait to try it out. i love a hot breakfast…just something about the warmth…or maybe i say that since there is still some snow piles on the ground outside my front door. lol and i must admit i don’t know if i’ve ever had a mulberry…wanna check those out too. have a wonderful day!

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Angela! I love a warm breakfast even when it’s warm out. There’s just something so comforting about a warm breakfast. You should try these. I seriously have been eating this concoction for the past 3 weeks. It’s just too easy not to and I feel so good afterwards! xoxo, Jackie

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Lisa. You should totally give this a try. I was never a huge fan of quinoa cold like in a salad, but give me quinoa all warmed up in a patty or cake or in cereal, and I’m hooked! This cereal is too simple not to give it a try! xoxo, Jackie

  6. Anonymous

    Ok, lady! I’m getting bored with my breakfast – same thing for years – but this I will try! Fast, healthy and hot…how I like to start my day ;).

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      jackiegrandy

      Hey Cathie! You should totally give this a try. I mean it’s too easy not to and tastes awesome! It’s the perfect fuel for one our Lauren workouts. xoxo, Jackie

  7. foods for the soul

    That looks amazing! I hadn’t heard of quinoa flakes before, and they look so creamy. Sometimes my regular oats get a little temperamental, so this would be something fun to try to mix things up! And I’m with you — I definitely need my sweetness!

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      jackiegrandy

      I had never heard of them either until I stumbled upon them in the grocery store. This is simply the easiest hot breakfast I have made and I have been making it every day. Let me how you like it when you try it. :)

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      jackiegrandy

      Awesome Katherine! I’m so glad that you tried the cereal and loved it! It’s my absolute favorite morning cereal now, and it’s so easy to prepare. My favorite way to eat it now is topped with fresh strawberries. Give it a shot, so good! :)

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  11. Sarah Simons

    Many thanks for this fantastic simple but yummy breakfast recipe, which I had this morning – I’m new to your blog but have looked a many of your recipes today and I shall try them out, I’m from Western Australia and have a 5 year old and spend lots of time in our kitchen – many thanks for sharing – love your website :)
    Best wishes
    Sarah

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hi. I’m so happy that you tried and liked this cereal. I loved it the first time I tried it and I love how quick it is to prepare. Its sometimes nice to have a hot cereal on a cool morning. I have 2 other cereals that you might enjoy as well, and both are just as easy as they are made to sit out overnight. I love hearing that you’re from Australia. The internet makes it such a small world. I can’t wait to hear what you and your 5 year old make up next. :) xoxo, Jackie

  12. Lori

    Thank you for this fabulous recipe :)

    I’ve had quinoa flakes in my cupboard for a few months now. In the past I’ve made a porridge with water, and neither the taste nor the texture was very appealing, so I was delighted when I saw this recipe. I added some coconut oil and dessicated coconut, while ‘cooking’ it, and added chopped 1/2 banana, some raspberries, and soya yoghurt to serve. Super delicious- it’s like eating pudding for breakfast! :) However, with the fruit and yoghurt to serve, I think I could have done with 1/2 the quinoa portion size- it’s very filling, and very calorific (with the coconut, it takes it to around 550 calories-eeeek!! And that’s without the extras to serve!)

    Thought I’d add the calorie info, because I’m in the process of losing weight by monitoring my calorie intake, and I often equate ‘super-healthy’ to mean ‘low in calories’ . Not so! Just thought I’d mention it in case the info is of value to anyone else :)

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Lori! Thanks so much for the calorie info. I think it’s really helpful for people and I never even thought about it, but adding on too many toppings can add up! My new fave way is just to top it with peanut butter or almond butter and throw in a banana, then I don’t need the sweet! I like the idea of coconut oil, that sounds very appealing! I love hearing the different ways people top their cereal as it keeps things interesting when you get in a cereal rut! Thanks for your info! xoxo, Jackie

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  14. Thomas

    Thank you for the great ideas. I’m preparing for a multi day trek, but as a gluten intolerant the options are very limited. This seems like a really wonderful idea. I’ll try it out and give you feedback on how well this worked while hiking.
    Thanks again!

    1. Thomas

      Tried it and loved it! During the trek I couldn’t bring almond/soy milk, so I added some almond meal to the pre-packed dry mix. Worked really well! Having a good breakfast in three minutes is scoring gold when you’re just out of your tent and still cold.
      This one is a keeper! Thanks again. Thomas

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        jackiegrandy

        Awesome Thomas! I’m so happy that this worked out for you and that it warmed you up! What did you use to heat it all up, hot water? Good to know that when I go camping in the future that I can make up a batch of quinoa flakes. I will just have to remember to bring a few packets of almond butter or peanut butter as I’m addicted to that this cereal! Have a great day and thanks for letting me know how it all turned out :) xoxo, Jackie

  15. Michelle

    I made this this morning and topped it with crunchy peanut butter and half a banana…DELICIOUSNESS!!! It was a bit too much for me to eat, but not enough to split in half. I’ve had the quinoa flakes in my pantry for a while and am so glad I now know a way to prepare them that is tasty! I also recently bought a bag of goji berries and have loved putting them in various recipes, including your overnight quinoa and steel cut oats recipe. Now that made a ton of servings and was yummy too!! I would rate this one a little higher than the overnight one. Thank you so much for some new breakfast recipes I can add to my routine :))))

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      jackiegrandy

      Yaay Michelle! I’m so glad that you loved the quinoa flakes. I have been eating them everday for the past 3 weeks topped with peanut butter and fresh strawberries. Goji berries rock and they’re so healthy to boot! I have an easy overnight steel-cut oat recipe that you should try as well. Super easy and super yummy! Thanks for saying hi Michelle! xoxo, Jackie

      1. Anonymous

        Thanks Jackie!! I made the steel cut oats last night and added crunchy PB, half a banana and goji berries. It needed a little extra salt and something else a little sweet, but I didn’t add anything. Maybe just a tad organic brown sugar or almond milk?

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          jackiegrandy

          You can really add just about anything to sweeten it up. You could add a touch of dark brown sugar and mix it in or some honey. I also add fresh strawberries or blueberries when in season and that really helps to sweeten it up! :) xoxo, Jackie

  16. Angel

    I like quinoa and all kind of berries a lot. I’m gonna try the hot quinoa and steel-cut oat cereal with goji berries, look delicious.
    Greetings,
    Angel

  17. Raylene

    Thankyou – after just being diagnosed celiac – i miss my porridge aka oats – i bought quinoa flakes and had no idea what to do with them until i found you. I appreciate you.

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      jackiegrandy

      Hi Raylene! I’m so happy that you found another hot breakfast alternative that you can enjoy just as much as oats. I just ate a bowl of the quinoa flakes today topped with some peanutbutter and raspberries, so yum! xoxo, Jacquelyn

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      jackiegrandy

      You can get regular quinoa at most grocery stores like Whole Foods and such. Quinoa flakes might be a bit more difficult to find, but they will usually be located near the oatmeal in the cereal isle. I always buy my quinoa flakes at Whole Foods! :)

  28. Kim Breen

    Hi. I am totally new to Quinoa and purchased some Ground Quinoa Cereal. Can I make pancakes and hot cereal with the ground quinoa or do I have to use flakes? Thanks for any advice. Kim

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          jackiegrandy

          Hi Kim! hmm…. I’ve never seen or used that brand before, but it says that you can mix it with water, so give it a try. I think the consistency is going to be very much like that of cream of wheat. It seems like it’s regular old quinoa that has been pureed down into an almost like flour texture. I would give it try.

          I’m also going to be posting an overnight quinoa and steel cut oats recipe this week that uses regular old quinoa. You may want to give that a try.

          Let me know how this quinoa turns out! Check out their website, as they have lots of great recipes to make with this quinoa. I may actually give it a try myself, so please report back on how you liked it! xoxo, Jacquelyn

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