5 Minute Warm Quinoa Cereal

5 minute warm quinoa cereal in a bowl.

I don’t know about you all, but I love a quick and easy breakfast! The thought of spending more than 10 minutes making breakfast is just too much for me, as I’m one of those people that wakes up hungry, or should I say hangry. That’s why I love this warm quinoa cereal, as it takes under 5 minutes to make and is perfect for those busy and cool fall and winter mornings. Who knew quinoa could work as a breakfast cereal? If you’re bored of the same old oatmeal for breakfast, then give quinoa a try. 

Last week I posted the recipe for perfectly cooked quinoa, and I told you all that I would give you plenty of uses for it, and this 5 minute warm quinoa cereal is one of them. This is a base recipe, so feel free to add whatever toppings appeal to you. Also, if you make this, please take a photo and tag me on instagram. I’ll share your photo in my stories. Come on, let’s have fun with this! 

5 minute warm quinoa cereal with strawberries, honey and walnuts.

Quinoa is a great way to start the day, as it’s naturally gluten-free, high in protein (one cup quinoa provides 8 grams), is richer in calcium than milk, and an important plant source of all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is also high in fiber (one cup quinoa provides 5 grams) good source of antioxidants, manganese, and iron. 

You could also save yourself some time and eat this cold. Steve actually prefers this quinoa cereal cold, he just adds the quinoa, milk, cinnamon and maple syrup to a bowl, gives it a good stir and then adds his toppings. 

Below I added some sautéed strawberries, coconut flakes and Manuka honey to my warm quinoa.

5 minute warm quinoa cereal with sautéed strawberries.

I have so many quinoa recipes on the blog, so feel free to check them out.

I also have some awesome breakfast ideas for those of you that are new to my website. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, and I like to jam pack it with goodies. Below are a few of my favorites to get you started. 

Overnight refrigerator steel cut oats with chia and strawberries. I take this breakfast with me to Tahoe, as it can be made ahead in cute little jars for an on-the-go breakfast.

overnight refrigerator steel cut oats with chia and strawberries

I make these easy overnight steel cut oats at least once a week, as they require 3 ingredients; steel cut oats, water and  salt. They also take under 5 minutes to make the night before. This is also a great travel breakfast if you’re heading to an airbnb or vacation home, because you can take the oats and salt with you, and all you need is a big pot and water. 

easy overnight steel cut oats

Here’s another fall and winter staple that Steve loves. Hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries. You can actually prep all the dry ingredients in a jar to take with you if you travel to an airbnb or rental, and all you need to do is add water. 

Hot quinoa and oat cereal with goji berries

One last one. I make this 5 minute hot quinoa cereal when I don’t have cooked quinoa on hand, as it uses quinoa flakes. This is another quick and easy breakfast.

5 minute hot quinoa cereal

 

With love Jackie

5 Minute Warm Quinoa Cereal

5.0 from 4 votes
Recipe by Jackie
Servings

1

serving
Cook time

5

minutes

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup leftover cooked quinoa – here’s the recipe for perfectly cooked quinoa

    • 2/3 cup almond milk, or milk of choice  – I love using my homemade vanilla almond milk - to add some flavor and a layer of creaminess, you can substitute coconut milk for the almond milk, or do a combination of the both. 

    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon – I love Ceylon cinnamon as it’s milder in flavor and higher quality 

    • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

    • optional - 1 teaspoon of tahini - I love this tahini with dates from SoCo, use code THANKS for 20% off

    • Drizzle of pure maple syrup, or Manuka honeythe amount you add is to taste – don’t add this if you you’re on a candida cleanse

    • Optional – add some protein and collagen by adding 1 scoop unflavored protein/collagen powder – I love @paleovalley grass fed bone broth protein,as it’s not chalky and doesn’t change the flavor – use code – marinmamacooks15 

    • Toppings
    • Fresh fruit such as; blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, sliced banana, or sautéed cinnamon apples

    • Blackberry chia compote – no added sugar I do this in the fall and winter months where there isn’t fresh fruit, as it uses frozen berries

    • Raw walnuts or almonds

    • Spoonful of almond butter, walnut butter or peanut-butter – I am obsessed with this almond butter from Sam’s Adventure Snacks. It’s locally made in SF and has the perfect consistency and the sea salt really amplifies the flavor. 

    • Tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal, or chia seeds

    • Spoonful of Tahini - I love this tahini with dates from SoCo, use code THANKS for 20% off

    Directions

    • Add quinoa, almond milk, cinnamon and a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt (plus scoop of unsweetened protein powder if adding) to a small sauce pan set over medium heat.

    • Give mixture a good stir to incorporate the cinnamon and combine everything.

    • Bring cereal to a low simmer, and simmer for roughly 3 minutes, or until cereal is warmed to your liking.

    • Pour cereal into a bowl and drizzle with a bit maple syrup or honey, add fresh fruit, sliced bananas, walnuts and enjoy! This is a base recipe, so feel free to add whatever toppings appeal to you. Also, if you make this, take a photo and tag me on instagram. I'll share your photo in my stories. Come on, let's have fun with this! 

    • I usually add 2 tablespoons hemp seed to the milk and quinoa when cooking, to add some extra protein.
    • You could also save yourself some time and eat this cold. Steve actually prefers this quinoa cereal cold, he just adds the quinoa, milk, cinnamon and maple syrup to a bowl, gives it a good stir and then adds his toppings.

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