1 cup water 1/2 cup tri-colored quinoa, rinsed 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1 large banana 1/2 cup oat, almond or regular milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-3 tablespoons chopped walnuts 2-3 tablespoons sliced almonds Fresh blueberries Additional milk or maple syrup (optional)
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa, reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed, about 12-14 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and fluff with a fork.
While the quinoa is cooking, cut the banana in half crosswise. Slice one half and mash the other half.
Stir the mashed banana into the cooked quinoa along with the milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir in the walnuts and almonds. Transfer the mixture to individual bowls and top with the banana slices and some blueberries.
If desired, serve with additional milk and sweeten with maple syrup to taste.
This quinoa breakfast bowl is a delicious way to start the morning. It is packed with flavors from the dried cranberries and nuts to the fresh banana and blueberries with the added flavor enhancers of vanilla and cinnamon. You can choose the type of milk you prefer to add and substitue your favorite nuts or fresh fruit. Quinoa is a great breakfast food. It is packed with protein and fiber and it's also a complex carbohydrate so it digests more slowly in your body, giving you energy throughout the morning.