Breakfast Quinoa

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IMG_5129 First of all - just trust me on this one. I totally get how weird it might sound...

In Barcelona last weekend I ordered a bowl of quinoa and oat milk with fruit and honey. I expected to get a delicious warm bowl of quinoa porridge but what actually arrived was a bowl of very fluffy, white, cold quinoa, a small jug of milk and the toppings. I was open minded and very pleasantly surprised. So much so that I tried to recreate this as soon as I got home. The result bears almost no resemblance to what I was served but I think I have found a totally dreamy new breakfast idea that works hot or cold! I often workout before breakfast so I like to include some sort of protein in the morning to help my muscle recovery and fuel me through my day. Quinoa is one of the few complete plant-proteins, making it a great breakfast!

I tried to make this two ways - by cooking the quinoa in water in one pan and in almond milk in the other. The almond milk was the absolute winner - it almost caramelised, leaving the most delicious, sweet breakfast base that is high in protein, making it perfect for a post-workout breakfast! You can prepare the qunioa in advance and just add the milk and toppings in the morning for mornings when you need to get up and go, or cook it fresh and either eat it warm or let it cool before eating when you have a little more time. Either way, I think I have found a new breakfast staple and can't wait to hear what you think!

Ingredients (serves 1)

75g of quinoa

200ml of almond milk

200ml of water

Toppings

100ml of almond or oat milk

a small handful of berries

1/2 a chopped banana

a drizzle  of honey (although it is already sweet so I recommend trying it first without honey!)

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Place the quinoa and almond milk in a sauce pan over a low heat.

Leave it to simmer, stirring occasionally. When the milk has almost totally absorbed, add the water and stir until this is absorbed too.

If you are eating it warm, gently heat the extra almond milk then add the toppings, pour over the milk and serve. If you're eating it cold, leave it too cool and add the milk before serving.    IMG_5126

BreakfastAnnie Clarke