Breakfast Quinoa your kids will (probably) love!

Here are 4 breakfast quinoa recipes to try. They take a little bit of time, but no real work to make. If you have 25 mins in the morning, put the quinoa in the pot and let it cook, then add your “flavours”. You can put the pot on before you start making lunches, or before you go wake the kids. You know your morning routine, work it into it, I guarantee you’ll enjoy the change. I believe you can probably make this ahead of time and then re-heat it (add a bit of liquid) if you choose, I just haven’t tried that yet.

I’ve made two quinoa “bases”, you just add the ingredients you would like. The possibilities are endless. Think dried fruits, seeds, homemade jam (watch the sugars you add) and nuts.

The ingredients:

For a plain quinoa:

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup of milk
  • “flavour” #1: brown sugar and real maple syrup or
  • “flavour” #2: 1/2 diced apple (or 1 tsp of apple butter) and cinnamon

For a chocolate (yep chocolate for breakie!) quinoa:

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup of chocolate almond milk (I’m sure you can use soy, rice or even cow’s milk)
  • cocoa about 1 Tbsp, you can add this to the pot after it’s cooked.
  • “flavour” #1: 1/2 ripe banana mashed and honey or
  • “flavour” #2: almond butter (you can probably use natural peanut butter as well, I just didn’t have any on hand)

The steps:

  • Place the quinoa and milk of choice in a pot and heat until almost boiling, cover and reduce to medium/low for about 10-15 mins. Then I usually turn the heat off and leave it on the burner until the liquid is absorbed. I did find using the milk that you have to keep a bit of a closer eye and stir it a few times to keep from sticking.
  • Divide into bowls (this makes about 3 servings) and add “flavours” to taste and stir! You can add the flavours right to the pot after cooking, but I found making the quinoa as a “base” allows each of the kids to personalize their own bowl.

Trying to get our kids to kick cereal has been an ongoing battle that I have somewhat given in to. This is a great alternative and this time of year it is nice to be able to send them off with a warm breakfast that I know isn’t going to cause a spike in their blood sugar and bring them crashing down just in time to be cranky with the teachers in school. Quinoa is considered a protein, not a carb so it will also help keep you fuller longer.

The most popular flavour in our house was the apple and cinnamon, followed by the chocolate with almond butter (my personal favourite). My notoriously picky 9yr old, who refuses to give up instant oatmeal actually said she would prefer the maple and brown sugar quinoa! This was a break through, because I have tried to add maple and/or brown sugar to so many things over the years (steel-cut oats, plain oatmeal) to no avail. So, needless to say, I am over the moon about this one! Funny enough, no one in our family liked the banana and chocolate. I included it here, because many of the recipes I researched in trying to come up with a breakfast quinoa included bananas, so I thought someone out there must like it!

Mix it up! I would love to hear what combinations you come up with, and how your family enjoys it!