5 Minute Hot Quinoa Cereal
Want a hot and healthy breakfast in 5-minutes? Well, here you go, this quinoa cereal takes 5 minutes from start to finish and will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied! 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.
So, if you’re at all like me and want something quick, hot and healthy, then give this a try! What have you got to loose?
I will admit that this cereal is kind of bland on its own, but top it off with a large spoonful of your favorite nut butter or maple syrup, some fresh seasonal fruit, 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! Come on, doesn’t that bowl of cereal look amazing?
You can use water here, but I wanted to add to the nutritional value and flavor by adding almond milk (which is vegan and dairy free). I love using my homemade vanilla almond milk. You can also use coconut milk, or rice 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 cereal:
makes 1 serving
- 1 cup 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
- Optional – 1/4 cup goji berries, dried blueberries or cranberries
- pinch of Celtic sea salt
- peanut butter, almond butter, maple syrup, or honey – I adore topping this cereal with peanut butter, that’s my go-to!
- toasted walnuts, toasted or raw almonds, or raw sunflower seeds
- fresh fruit such as; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mango, peaches, sliced banana
- dried fruit like blueberries, goji berries, mulberries, cranberries, cherries
- chia seed
- Medjool dates, sautéed cinnamon apples and or persimmons in the fall
Below are all of the ingredients that you will need to make a bowl of 5-miute hot quinoa cereal. Easy, right?
Let the cereal sit for 3 minutes, (set your timer here) to allow the quinoa flakes to cook through. Below is what the cereal looks like before it sits for 3 minutes.
I love it topped with unsweetened shredded coconut, walnut butter and smashed raspberries.
I also love it topped with peanut butter, smashed raspberries mixed with chia seed.
Hey, why not make this breakfast even healthier by adding in chia seed. Add in 2 tablespoons of chia seed along with the goji berries, peanut butter and strawberries!
Did you know that just 1 tablespoon of chia seed is high in protein, provides energy and helps the body maintain sustained hydration? Pretty cool! This is what I eat before I go for a long bike ride!
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!
If you have leftover quinoa, then you need to make my 5 minute warm quinoa cereal. It takes just 5 minutes and is perfect for those busy and cool fall and winter mornings.
Like 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.
Or you can try my easy overnight steel cut oats. This is the simple and classic way to enjoy steel cut oats.
Toasted 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!
When I have some time on the weekends, I love to make a batch of these almond flour pancakes. They’re packed with protein and healthy fats to keep you going all morning long! They’re also kid approved, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo!
If you’re looking for a another grain-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo warm porridge then you have to try my grain-free, paleo, vegan breakfast porridge. It’s loaded with healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats, contains tons of fiber, antioxidants, magensisum, and minerals. It takes only 10 minutes to make from start to finish, and the best part is that it’s low in carbs, and a warm, tasty and satisfying way to start the day. It will also give you the necessary fuel to get you through your morning.