Hot Quinoa and Oat Cereal with Goji Berries
This is one of my go-to overnight breakfasts and I make this at least 2 times a month. It only takes 5 minutes to prep the night before and 6-8 minutes to heat up in the morning. I love that this breakfast is gluten-free and dairy-free, and I can add in healthy fats and pair it with season fruits and chia seed to give me energy to do all that I have to do in a given day! It’s the perfect breakfast to serve up on a fall and winter morning.
recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
Makes 4 servings
- 4 cups (32-ounces) filtered water
- 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
- 1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa – I love the brand from Ancient Harvest, as it’s pre-washed so you don’t have to rinse it
- 1/2 cup dried goji berries
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, I love using Ceylon cinnamon as it’s less intense in flavor and healthier
- Fresh fruit such as; strawberries, blueberries, smashed raspberries, blackberries, 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
- 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.
- Maple syrup or honey – I love Manuka honey
- I love this tahini with dates from SoCo, use code THANKS for 20% off
- ground flax meal
- unsweetened coconut flakes
Get out a medium saucepan or Dutch oven and add in 4 cups water, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup steel-cut oats, 1/2 cup goji berries, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Stir to combine.
Take off the lid, give the cereal a quick stir and set the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally, adding water if needed, until the cereal is warmed through, about 5-8 minutes.
Please note that the cereal will naturally thicken up as it sits and cools.
Scoop the cereal into a bowl and pair it with anything your heart desires, or any of the above toppings. In the fall I love topping mine with sautéed cinnamon apples, walnut butter and some chia.
Got leftovers? Just re-heat the cereal in a sauce pan with a bit of almond milk (or milk of choice) over medium-low heat. The cereal will thicken as it sits, so you will want to add a bit of water or almond milk to thin it up as it’s cooking.
This cereal is the perfect cereal to bring as a hostess gift, teacher gift, or to take with you on a trip (provided you have a stove and pan). All you do is get a cute jar, or container with a lid, add in the dry ingredients and then cap it off. Everything is set to go and all you need to do is add 4 cups water when you’re ready to make it.
If you like the thought of quinoa in the morning, but are short on time, or didn’t plan ahead, then you have to try my 5 minute hot quinoa cereal. This seriously takes 5-minutes from start to finish!
I love making this 5 minute warm quinoa cereal when I have leftover quinoa. It’s perfect for those busy fall and winter mornings.
Here’s another easy overnight recipe for cooking up steel cut oats. Easy overnight steel cut oats.
If you don’t feel like oats, then try my overnight buckwheat porridge.
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!
Another one of my favorite go-to healthy breakfasts are these almond flour pancakes. They’re packed with protein and will keep you going all morning long!