Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa
Who says quinoa can’t be served at breakfast? This unique grain contains all nine essential amino acids (making it a complete protein) and best of all its gluten-free!2 One cup of cooked quinoa provides 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It is rich in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, and thiamin (vitamin B1). Try this super simple breakfast dish and make it your own by adding your favorite toppings. The possibilities are endless, dried cherries or cranberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and so much more!
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1
- 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped raw pecans
- 1 ½ teaspoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (+ a sprinkle more for topping)
- 1 tiny pinch of salt
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (chilled or warm)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, dried cherries, fresh blueberries or banana
- Sprinkle of hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds
- Toast the pecans first. Warm the 2 heaping tablespoons of chopped raw pecans in a small saucepan over medium heat, gently shake the pan often to prevent burning. Toast until the pecans smell fragrant and toasted (about 2 to 5 minutes).
- Add the coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt to the saucepan of pecans. Stir constantly to prevent burning, cook until the cinnamon is fragrant (about 15 seconds).
- Add the cooked quinoa to the saucepan and stir to combine. While constantly stirring, cook until the quinoa is warm (about 1 to 2 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat and fold in the maple syrup.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve promptly, with optional toppings or extra maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!
- Quinoa. Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/photos/quinoa-andean-millet-colorful-vegan-5909543/. Published 2021. Accessed April 8, 2021.
- 5 Whole Grains to Keep Your Family Healthy. Eatright.org. https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/five-grains-to-keep-your-family-healthy. Published 2021. Accessed April 8, 2021.