Breakfast

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

To say that breakfast is my favorite thing in the world is an understatement.  Sometimes I go to bed at night and get excited just thinking about having breakfast the next day.  When I am feeling down I often scroll through my favorite food Instagram’s looking for photos of rich rainbow bagels and fantasy French toasts. So I think it is only appropriate to have my first recipe be a breakfast item.  Before I adopted a whole food, plant-based diet, my favorite breakfast food was a breakfast quinoa that my Aunt made.  It was one of those recipes that never tastes the same unless the person who made it for you first cooks it.  Trust me, I tried (unsuccessfully) many times to make it exactly like hers.

But it’s no wonder hers tasted so good…Unbeknownst to me, she cooked the quinoa in whole milk and loaded it with butter.  Luckily, I have been able to adapt the recipe to fit my diet and it still tastes amazing.  (Dare I say, even better.)

This is a great recipe to make the night before and keep in the fridge.  If you are looking for a healthier option than those sugary, processed breakfast cereals (which were honestly very difficult for me to give up) then this is perfect.  It’s sweet & satisfying, but more importantly, nourishing & natural.

 

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Prep Time: 2 min

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Serves: 2+

Ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 cup white quinoa (rinsed)

½ sliced almonds

1 large apple (peeled and diced)

2 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. vanilla extract

 

Steps:

  1. Gather, rinse, peel and dice.
  2. Bring the almond milk, and quinoa to a boil. Add salt.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 17-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Add remaining ingredients
  5. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.

 

There are many different variations to this recipe.  Feel free to add raisins, flavored honeys or maple syrup!

 

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