Vegan Breakfast Quinoa could be just the thing you need when you get tired of the same old breakfast foods! I’ll admit, I love oatmeal, but sometimes I need a little change. Since we’re in the thick of winter, (-7° outside) I do love a hot breakfast!
Thankfully, I had some cooked quinoa leftover from the night before! In no time, I had a very satisfying bowl of goodness.
Use about 1/3 to 1/2 Cup cooked quinoa. Quinoa is a seed, by the way, and is gluten-free. It is also high in protein as well as plenty of other nutrients. Quinoa is a member of the Goosefoot(Chenopodiaceae) family, and is grown to be used primarily as a grain. The leaves can be eaten as any other leafy vegetable. Some of the other plant parts are sometimes used medicinally. The Goosefoot family includes plants such as: Beets, Swiss Chard, Lambs Quarters, Purslane, Amaranth, and Spinach.
Then add an equal amount of unsweetened almond milk. I heated those up together for the Vegan Breakfast Quinoa’s humble beginnings.
Chia and Hemp Seeds
Then add a teaspoon each of chia seeds and hemp seeds. (Remember the “Chia Pet?” Yes, these are the same seeds.) Chia seeds combine with liquid to make a thickening, egg-like gel. I love using them in smoothies, as well as in baking when an egg is listed as an ingredient. Chia seeds allow for an excellent, nutritious alternative to eggs in recipes.
That said, I wouldn’t try adding liquid to chia seeds and frying or scrambling them! They will most certainly NOT come out like eggs! And on that note, some foods taste better than others when a “chia egg” is used. I have found, for example, that a latke, or potato pancake, doesn’t taste right with a chia egg, so I have to use a vegan egg substitute. The egg substitute I use is mostly tapioca-based. Read labels and try different things. But I digress…
As for hemp seeds, they are technically nuts. They contain both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which is a good thing. They are also a great source of protein, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals. Also, please bear in mind that they are NOT of the same variety as the marijuana plant. The hemp seeds you buy for food consumption have nutritional benefits, that’s for sure. But there are only trace amounts of THC in these. (THC is the compound in marijuana that is psychoactive.) You have no need for alarm or concern.
Add a Little Fruit
Now, here’s where you can have a little fun. I just used what I had on hand, which happened to be 1/2 banana and some cranberries.
Then, spice it up! A little cinnamon, cloves, and ginger were exactly what this dish needed! I found it to be sweet enough as is, but you could add a little agave or maple syrup to your liking.
- 1/3 Cup Cooked Quinoa
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp Chia seeds
- 1 tsp Hemp seeds
- 1/2 Banana, sliced
- 1 Tbsp Dried cranberries
- 1 Tbsp Pepitas
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Warm the quinoa and almond milk together in a saucepan. Place them into a bowl.
- Add the chia seeds and hemp seeds.
- Add the sliced banana, dried cranberries, and pepitas.
- Top with spices. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 7gSugar: 15gProtein: 8g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate. It is intended here as a guide only.
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