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Hot Quinoa Cereal

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This week’s recipe is an adaptation from one of Julie Morris’s Superfood Cuisine recipes.

Ever since she sent me her cookbook a couple of months ago, I’ve had a lot of fun reading through it and experimenting. I’ve quickly jumped onto the superfood bandwagon, especially loving how these ingredients remain relevant year-round. This hot quinoa bowl is the prime example of this – nutrient rich, but hearty and warm – great to prepare you for stepping out into a cold winter morning.

This is the first time I’m ever introducing Maca Powder as an ingredient here on the blog, so for those of you who are unfamiliar, here’s a little rundown:  Maca is a root indigenous to the Peruvian Andes, and previously discovered by the Inca. The root is great for increasing strength and energy without acting as a stimulant. Today, it’s also known as a great stress regulator with strong adaptive qualities. It contains more than 60 phytonutrients – minerals and amino acids, and also helps to block cholesterol absorption in the gut. I like to use Navitas Naturals brand which you can pick up at any Whole Foods.


1 Cup Almond Milk

1/3 Cup Quinoa

1 Tsp Maca Powder

3 Medjool Dates

½ Banana

1 Tbsp Sliced Almonds

Drizzle of Honey


Pour almond milk and quinoa into a pot over low flame. As soon as the milk begins to boil, turn off the flame, cover and let sit for another 4 minutes or so.

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While your quinoa is cooking, pit and chop dates, then throw them in a bowl with your other left over ingredients – except the honey.

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Check to see that your quinoa has puffed up. Once it has, pour everything in together, add honey, and stir.

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brittany -December 18, 2011, 12:04PM

Mmmm, I love quinoa. Definitely making this for breakfast today!
Thanks for the recipe.

Christina -December 18, 2011, 12:19PM

When I saw the title, I was thinking it was going to look more like an oatmeal kind of cereal. But this looks really good and I absolutely love dates. :)


ladysadie -December 18, 2011, 1:50PM

If you dry toast your quinoa (stir it constantly in a pan over low/medium heat) for four minutes or so before adding liquid it will give your quinoa a nuttier flavor. :)

julia -December 18, 2011, 3:18PM

looks fantastic! however, this recipe doesn’t mention to rinse the quinoa – which is usually recommended to remove the bitter taste. did you rinse the quinoa or just add it to the almond milk as is?

Anonymous -December 19, 2011, 9:13AM

Hey Julia, I didn’t rinse the quinoa – just added it straight in.

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