Enjoy a Protein-Rich Start to Your Day with Quinoa “Oatmeal”

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When I was a little girl, I remember waking up to a bowl of oatmeal on most mornings. With my stomach full and warm, I’d be filled with energy, and ready to take on the day.

This gluten-free, protein-rich, and vegan quinoa hot breakfast cereal can be cooked in no time, a perfect option if you're on the go! Get the recipe for this "oatmeal" now: https://foodal.com/recipes/breakfast/quinoa-oatmeal/

While I still enjoy having a bowl of oatmeal every once in a while, I also like trying out other types of grains and seeds.

Quinoa is one of my favorites right now.

I like that it’s a superfood rich in protein, which means that it keeps me fuller much longer than other empty-calorie options (though no one can deny that a freshly fried doughnut is a delicious sweet indulgence!).

This nutritious recipe for quinoa hot “oatmeal” is gluten-free, filled with wholesome ingredients, packed with protein, and is naturally sweetened.

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Now that the cooler months are here to stay for quite a while, starting my day with a warm meal is pertinent to combating the cold.

And since this recipe can be made in just 20 minutes, it’s something I eat on a very frequent basis these days.

With just a handful of ingredients required – quinoa, coconut milk, honey, vanilla extract, almonds, and strawberries – I’m sure this will soon become a favorite of yours in the morning!

Love oatmeal, but tired of oats? Learn how to make a new kind of hot breakfast cereal, using quinoa instead! We share the recipe now: https://foodal.com/recipes/breakfast/quinoa-oatmeal/

It’s easy to use this recipe as a base for your desired add-ins. Try a touch of molasses instead of honey for deep sweetness. Add a few dashes of a variety of warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg for that extra fall flavor.

Strawberries not in season? Substitute your favorite fall and winter fruits. Apples would be perfect.

Ready to start your day with this hot breakfast cereal? Go straight to the recipe right now!

The Recipe

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This gluten-free, protein-rich quinoa "oatmeal" is quick to make and will give you plenty of energy to start your morning.
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2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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The Best Quinoa “Oatmeal”
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Rating: 3
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Print Recipe
This gluten-free, protein-rich quinoa "oatmeal" is quick to make and will give you plenty of energy to start your morning.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup dry white quinoa
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
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Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa with water until the water runs clear.
  2. In a medium skillet over high heat, combine the rinsed quinoa, coconut milk, vanilla, honey, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Bring to a boil before reducing the heat to low. Let it simmer for 10 minutes, until thick and creamy.
  4. Add additional coconut milk if the quinoa is too dry. Stir well to incorporate the milk.
  5. Divide the cooked mixture evenly between two bowls, and top with chopped almonds and sliced strawberries. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Lauren Howard. 

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Quinoa “Oatmeal”
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Sodium 23mg 1%
Potassium 241mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 20g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 9%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 –Mise en Place

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Measure the dry white quinoa, coconut milk, vanilla extract, honey, and salt.

Set out the almonds and strawberries. Chop the almonds and slice the strawberries using a sharp knife and a sturdy cutting board.

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Step 2 – Rinse the Quinoa

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Make sure to rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer or colander with water to remove the natural coating of saponin, which tends to impart a bitter or soapy taste.

It is ready once the water runs clear.

Step 3- Combine and Cook

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Combine the rinsed quinoa, coconut milk, vanilla, honey, and salt in a medium skillet over high heat. Bring to a boil.

Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy.

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If the mixture is too dry, add a drizzle of coconut milk, and mix well until the milk is evenly distributed.

Step 4 – Garnish and Serve

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Divide the cooked mixture evenly between two bowls, top with chopped almonds and sliced strawberries, and serve!

A Warm and Comforting Start to Any Day

Now that we’re in fall and the cooler months are here, it’s always a good option to begin the day with something warm and substantial.

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In this case, a large bowl of protein-rich quinoa breakfast cereal will definitely give you plenty of energy and warmth to combat the cold!

Be sure to check out all of our other breakfast recipes, to start your day in the most delicious way.

Have you tried quinoa as a breakfast porridge before? How do you like it? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!


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If you enjoy eating a bowl of warm oatmeal, but would like to try something different, here’s a protein-rich option that uses quinoa instead of oats. Made with white quinoa, coconut milk, sweetened with vanilla and honey, and garnished with almonds and strawberries, this is one healthy and delicious way to kick off any morning. Let’s get the recipe from Foodal today!

Photos by Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. With additional writing and editing by Nikki Cervone.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

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