Strawberry Infused Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Strawberry Infused Breakfast Quinoa Cereal - gluten-free, vegan & only 5 ingredients!

For many of us, breakfast is the hardest meal of the day. I mean in reality it’s probably one of the easiest meals to physically make, but being creative, different, interesting and flavorful isn’t something that usually happens. At least for the majority.

Let me guess. Your breakfast looks similar almost every morning. Maybe it’s a smoothie, a bowl of oatmeal, a juice or even some eggs and toast; if you don’t eat the same thing almost every day, I bet you’re rotating through a set three or four. I know that’s how it is for me. It’s hard to push yourself to come up with something new and different when all you’re trying to do is get out the door.

Why? Because mornings are stressful and breakfast needs to be fast. You’re trying to get your day started as quickly as possible, while still getting something healthy and nutritious to eat, and it yet seems totally unrealistic to get up half an hour early just to make sure you have enough time for a fabulous breakfast.

Let’s be honest…we all know how important our beauty rest is. And breakfast will almost always take a back seat to an extra 30 minutes of sleep.

Strawberry Infused Breakfast Quinoa Cereal - gluten-free, vegan & only 5 ingredients!

Which is why I love quinoa.

Quinoa is the ultimate breakfast food. It’s packed with protein, it’s a complex carbohydrate meaning it digests slowly in your system to help keep you feeling fuller for longer, but it also has many hard-to-find nutrients.

And what makes quinoa so perfect for breakfast is that you can jazz it up for whatever you’re in the mood for.

Let’s take this recipe for example. I made a conscious effort last week to switch up my breakfast routine, so I decided to make a big batch of quinoa on Sunday and use it throughout the week to make something different every day.

Strawberry Infused Breakfast Quinoa Cereal - gluten-free, vegan & only 5 ingredients!

Some mornings I add it to my smoothie, other times I toss it with some veggies (with the occasional egg on top), but it’s been my quinoa breakfast bowl discovery that has made me realize how perfect this little seed truly is.

You can serve it hot or cold, with or without toppings, sweetened or unsweetened, spiced or not. It truly affords you the luxury of creativity and variety, without creating a roadblock for your morning.

While I plan on sharing many of my latest quinoa breakfast recipes with you, this first one is a little extra special. I feel like I’ve come up with something legendary here.

Strawberry Infused Breakfast Quinoa Cereal - gluten-free, vegan & only 5 ingredients!

The secret? The milk.

I’ve always been a cereal fan. It’s what I grew up on and still to this day is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. It’s true; when I came back from studying abroad in Spain, the only thing I wanted to eat (as my first meal back in the United States after 6 months) was a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with homemade granola on top. I kid you not. And it was probably the best bowl of cereal I ever ate.

But that little tangent is beside the point. The point here is that while breakfast cereal is totally delicious, I’ve found a way to take it up a notch without doing anything crazy. Instead of using plain milk, I’ve started making fruit infused milks to eat with my cereal and it’s totally rocking my world. Seriously, you’re going to love it.

This recipe is for strawberry infused milk, poured over a simple bowl of quinoa, then topped with blueberries, goji berries and almonds. Honestly, the whole breakfast has fewer than 10 ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make.

Can’t wait to hear what you think. And make sure to come back and share your fun quinoa breakfast creations with the rest of us…I’m dying to know what you’re waking up with!

Strawberry Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 packet stevia (or 1 tablespoon liquid sweetener of choice), optional
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (any variety)
  • Toppings: blueberries, goji berries & almonds

Instructions

  1. Add top 4 ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy (will be the consistency of milk). Set aside.
  2. Place quinoa in a bowl, pour milk over and sprinkle on toppings.
  3. Enjoy immediately with a warm cup of tea or coffee!
http://www.simplyquinoa.com/strawberry-quinoa-breakfast-bowl/

  • Lottie Parker

    sounds amazing. Making it this morning. Thanks loads

  • Suzan Vasica

    This intrigues me.

  • Judy

    Will definitely be trying this!

  • http://www.chiroholistichealth.com Dr. Alyssa Guglielmo

    First off, the strawberry infused cashew milk is just brilliant! This morning I added chia seeds, walnuts, a some gluten free oats and it was delicious! Thanks for the continually awesome ideas!!!

  • sun

    Hi, how to prepare quinoa and keep it for a week supply?
    I do make oatmeal and normally can keep for 4 days.

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      Simply make a big batch – maybe 2 cups at a time – and keep it in the fridge. Heat it up as needed :) Enjoy!

  • Samantha Carson

    I love eating quinoa as a cold cereal. I do have a questions though – where do you find your goji berries? I could only find them in one small local health food store near me and they were over $10 for a very small container of them. I would love to try them, but I can’t imagine doling out that much money for a couple handfuls of dried fruit!!

    • http://www.simplyquinoa.com Queen of Quinoa

      It’s true, goji berries are definitely super expensive. If you live in the US and have a store like TJ Maxx, Marhshalls or HomeGoods, you might be surprised to actually find speciality items like that there. If not, you can also try to get them online where they might be cheaper. I do think they’re worth it though :)