We love quinoa for breakfast! I usually make it with some kind of fruit and a few spices, usually apples and cinnamon, so when I found this recipe I had to try it! It turned out REALLY good, my hubby ate two bowls and my picky toddler ate THREE BOWLS!
1 cup quinoa, rinsed (unless you have a brand that is pre-rinsed) – I use the Costco quinoa, Bob Mills brand
1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (juice from 2 small oranges–if you get a little more or less add or subtract some milk to make sure you have 2 cups total liquid)
zest from 1/2 an orange
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
generous pinch nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
1 banana, mashed
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup – Trader Joe’s has Grade B maple syrup for the best price
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
In a small sauce pan, bring the milk, orange juice, and orange zest to a boil. Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and quinoa. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, dry toast your walnuts in a small skillet pan. In a small bowl, mash your banana. Stir in the maple syrup and set aside.
Remove quinoa from heat and stir in banana/maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve.
You can make this the night before and reheat it in the morning – I made a double batch so I can reheat it for future toddler breakfast!