quinoa? for breakfast?

Breakfast has always been one of my favorite meals.  Whether it’s scrambled eggs, steel-cut oats, or a simple bowl of Special K Red Berries, breakfast rocks!  Not quite a year ago, I came across an article on Epicurious about eating quinoa for breakfast, along with a tasty sounding recipe, which I tucked away for later.  Much later, apparently, because I didn’t get around to trying it (or a variation thereof) until last week.
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The combination of flavors was quite delicious.  Quinoa has a subtle nutty flavor that was complimented well by the sweetness of the banana and the tartness of the dried cherries.  But what I like most about quinoa for breakfast (in addition to the fact it’s uber healthy) is that it’s a blank canvas.  Don’t like bananas?  Substitute diced apple or pears, instead.  Prefer berries?  Toss in some blueberries or blackberries.  What’s that?  You don’t care for processed brown sugar?  Drizzle in pure maple syrup or organic honey or agave, if you please.
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You can, quite simply, write your own recipe.  If you do, though, please share it.  I’m a sucker for breakfast!  Enjoy!!
Breakfast Quinoa
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups whole or low-fat milk, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • dried tart cherries, optional
  • toasted walnuts, optional
Directions:
  1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes.
  3. Toss sliced bananas on top and sprinkle generously with additional brown sugar.
  4. Place quinoa with bananas and brown sugar under a pre-heated broiler just long enough for the brown sugar to start to soften (not too long or your bananas will turn to mush).
  5. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, banana, and dried cherries or toasted walnuts.

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5 responses

  1. Just make sure you remember to rinse the quinoa before you cook with it if you’re not using a “pre-rinsed” variety. Otherwise the flavor will be off. Oh, and I read your FB post about school tomorrow. Blah! You guys are going to be in school until July at this rate! Hang in there…or, better yet, come to Scottsdale!!!!!! :-)

    • You know, if you like really creamy breakfast cereals, quinoa is probably not a good choice. The quinoa seed maintains its consistency pretty well during cooking, so the finished product has a lot more texture than, say, oatmeal. But it was quite good and I’d definitely make it again. Now I have to go hunt down a copy of Big Night so I can watch the whole thing, again. :-)

      Have a great day!!

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