Tired of Oatmeal? Try this tasty (and crazy easy) Quinoa Breakfast

I am a big fan of oatmeal, but I eat it a lot. Every time I travel it’s my go-to breakfast (just for the record, Jamba Juice has the best one, but the new Blueberry Oatmeal at Starbucks is pretty good too) so when I’m at home, it’s not the first thing I think of making. But recently we had guests staying with us, and I wanted to make them something special for breakfast. I had come across a recipe for Bon Appetit and I wanted to check it out. And it was a winner. Super easy to make, easy to customize, and healthy to boot. The main ingredients are quinoa and steel cut oats, and everything else could be customized or substituted if your pantry doesn’t totally match the recipe. You make it the night before, so all you have to do is wake up, warm it up, and eat. It’s a really great and easy option for breakfast. (Plus it’s delish leftover!)

oat and quinoa cereal

Bon Appetit Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

Cereal:

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (such as cranberries, blueberries or a mix of dried berries)

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats

  • 1/2 cup well-rinsed quinoa

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (I use a 50/50 mix of cinnamon and nutmeg)

Toppings:

  • Toasted walnuts

  • Toasted pumpkin seeds

  • Milk (soy, regular..whatever you got)

  • Maple syrup or honey (your choice – I love maple but the hubbs like honey)

  • Fresh fruit such as blueberries, strawberries or bananas

Mix all the cereal ingredients with 4 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Bring that to a boil over medium or high heat. Cover and let sit off heat overnight. Go have a drink. No seriously, that’s it. It’s that easy. (If you do want to make it the morning of, you can bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.)

Before serving, reheat cereal in the saucepan, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed. You want to warm it up, which should take 5-8 minutes. I like to serve it with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey and a nice little soak of milk. It’s easiest to set it up like  breakfast bar and let your guests add whatever they’d like. Full recipe here.

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