|Quinoa Hot Cereal with Fruit and Coconut|
I was craving something sweet and hearty, and so I decided to combine the high-protein goodness of quinoa with the sweetness of maple syrup and fruit.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 3 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 3 chopped dried plums
- 2 chopped pitted dates
- Coconut for garnish
- Almond milk to taste
Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until done. Remove from heat, add the banana and the cinnamon, and then let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup, and serve with almond milk (or whatever your milk of choice is).
I originally added the coconut sprinkles as garnish, but I found the flavor combination of banana and coconut to be really awesome, so in the future I might make this combo it's own thing. There are a ton of possible variations, so no worries if you don't have dates or hate raisins or want to use another kind of fruit. (Although I really think the banana makes it so much better than it would be without it.) Also, if the combination of maple syrup and the fruit is too much for you, then you can always omit the syrup. I was just really craving something super-sweet.
Let me know if you come across any quinoa hot cereal variations that you think work particularly well. And if you have any of your own favorite hearty breakfast recipes, please feel free to send them my way. I am looking forward to finally returning to my regular, busy, fun-and-food-filled life, and getting back to my regular weekly blogging routine. Thanks for hanging in there with me through my unfortunate hiatus!