Vanilla Almond Breakfast Quinoa

042715_VanillaAlmondBreakfastQuinoaBDo you eat breakfast?

You’ve heard it a million times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And while some people argue that this is actually an old wives’ tale, I think we can all agree that starting your day with a nutrient filled meal that fuels your body is always a good idea!

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have a ton of time in the morning so we reach for baked goods at the Starbuck’s drive-through quick options like packaged cereal and instant oatmeal. While seemingly healthful, these foods are very deceiving. Yes, oats – a naturally gluten free grain high in fiber – are very healthy but the other stuff added to these convenient little packets (heaps of sugar, salt, artificial flavor and caramel coloring) is anything but.

So, in an attempt to save you from the same old “clean toast with nut butter” or “scrambled eggs” routine, I have created this recipe for Vanilla Almond Breakfast Quinoa. This warm and comforting dish is kid-friendly and very versatile. Better yet, it can be prepared the night before for a speedy and nutritious breakfast the next day.

Just consider yourself warned: Eating superfood quinoa first thing in the morning might make you feel invincible. So rise and shine, mama! Let the craziness of the day begin…

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (makes about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (toasted optional)
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Once cooked, add the almond milk, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and almonds to the quinoa. Combine everything thoroughly and cook over medium heat until hot.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for a few of minutes until mixture slightly thickens.
  4. Add your favorite topping(s) such as fresh berries, apples, pears, banana slices, and/or nuts. Serve hot.

Teachable Tips:

  1. The above mentioned ingredients make about 2-3 servings. Keep any extra in the fridge and reheat the next day.
  2. Adjust the almond milk depending on how thin/thick you prefer the quinoa mixture to be. For more sweetness add a little more honey or some organic maple syrup.
  3. Fresh raspberries and a few additional almond slices have been my favorite topping so far. Yum!

Enjoy!

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