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Strawberry Infused Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

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!

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Strawberry Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

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.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy cereal, strawberry
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 463 kcal
Author Alyssa

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!
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Infused Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 751mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 13g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin C 106.1%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 30.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This looks awesome! Does the strawberry “milk” keep well overnight? I live in an apartment with roommates and I don’t like using the blender too early in the morning. Thank you and I can’t wait to try this!

  2. Made this today with leftover coconut milk quinoa and was delicious. I heated the quinoa and the milk was cold. Thanks!

  3. Quinoa Halwa

    Ingredients

    ½ cup Queens Quinoa 100% Quinoa Flour

    2 tablespoon Ghee

    4 to 5 tablespoon sugar/ jiggery

    1 cup water

    Chopped almonds, Cashews and raisins

    ½ teaspoon Cardamom powder

    Preparation

    Heat Ghee in a PAN

    Add 100 % Quinoa Flour

    Sauté till the flour changes its color to little less than brown.
    Keep the flame on med-low as this tends to burn easily if put on a high
    flame. Keep an eye on it and keep stirring

    Add sugar and still keep stirring till the ghee leaves the sides

    Add cardamom powder

    Garnish with more cashews and raisins and serve hot

  4. I was having plain porridge every morning for lunch because it was quick and easy for me to eat at work and didn’t have a strong smell which is important as I work on reception. I recently discovered I am intolerant to oats & cows milk so I had to change my breakfasts, and this is what I came up with…
    Every Sunday evening I make a large bowl of quinoa, with it I mix in raisins (to make it sweeter), cashews, pecans, pine nuts, chia seeds and flaxseed and dish them into 5 different containers. I have a carton of coconut milk at work which I pour into the bowl and then put in the microwave for a minute and a half. Sometimes I add a sliced banana if it is a gym day.
    It is perfect but I have the same concoction every day! I am looking forward to trying this one out, get some extra flavours in. I also have some small cartons of strawberry coconut milk at home!

  5. I haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast but I think you guys convinced me! This looks so light and delicious. I love the idea.

  6. I guess I should jump on the quinoa band wagon. I’ve never actually made the stuff before. (you can gasp, I understand!) I grew up with hot cereal for breakfast most mornings – this would just be an extension of that hot cereal love for me. Great idea to use the fruit milk. Yum! 🙂

  7. What a great idea to serve quinoa for breakfast! Can’t wait to try this, it looks so healthy and colorful

  8. oooh, this sounds incredible! this is the second reference to strawberry milk I have seen today, I guess I better get on it! 🙂

  9. This is totally up my alley! I always have some quinoa in the fridge just waiting to be used. I’d love it for lunch too 🙂

  10. Not only does strawberry milk sound like it’ll taste great, but I love making my foods odd, bright colors 🙂 Great idea.

  11. 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!!

    • Pro tip (just kidding, I found this out while living abroad in China!): Check asian grocery stores! Goji berries super cheap there.

    • 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 🙂

  12. 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!!!

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