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Monday, 11 February 2013

Breakfast Quinoa

I'm a big fan of breakfast food (just like that chick in Magic Mike - although I probs sound more genuine than she did =P). Always up for trying new things, while I was looking for different ways to cook quinoa I stumbled upon a couple of recipes for Breakfast Quinoa. Intrigued by the idea of sweet quinoa, I set out to make my own version.

You cook this similar to the way you cook porridge - boil it in milk pretty much. I added some brown sugar to sweeten it, but if your really health conscious you could always add stevia and a bit of molasses. Best thing about this is that it's super easy, healthier for you and still tastes heaps good. It has way more bite than porridge (I for one intensely dislike the texture and mouthfeel of porridge).

Just a note on the chia seeds - completely optional, they are a great source of omega 3, fibre, protein and antioxidants. They don't taste like much added they way I have here, they do provide an extra textural component. Just beware, they are slippery little buggers so they can easily get stuck in your teeth haha. Also, because of their high fibre content you should drink plenty of water.

Breakfast Quinoa
Adapted from Martha Stewart

2 cups milk (I used full-fat but you can use low fat, skim, almond, soy, or even water)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed (I also dry toast mine after rinsing, for a bout 10 minutes on medium heat, gives it a nice toasty taste)
3 & 1/2 tbsp light brown sugar (or stevia plus a bit of molasses)
1/8 ground cinnamon
Handful of chopped up dried apples & cranberries (you can actually add whatever you like - blueberries, strawberries, other dried fruits, nothing at all....)
1 tbsp chia seeds (Optional)

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. Stir in dried apples and cranberries, and cook for 30 seconds.

3. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and dried fruit. (I didn't bother adding anything extra, didn't feel like it needed it - you might need to if you used water to boil them).

I also did another variation of this - I added a bit of cocoa powder and a cheeky sprinkling of choc chips! Chocolate Breakfast Quinoa! Add the cocoa powder right after taking it off the stove and letting it cool for about 5 minutes. Add it a bit at a time, tasting as you go. Sprinkle the choc chips at your discretion ;) its good to add them while the quinoa is hot/warm so then when you stir them through they melt slightly......

YUM! So addictive! Healthy cocopops =P

Enjoy =D xx

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