Wholesome Berry Breakfast Cereal

I am not a morning person so even after I pull myself out of bed I am not usually very coherent until I’ve had some coffee. Not being a morning person also means that it’s easy for me to skip breakfast. For a long time my normal breakfast has consisted of nothing but coffee…just coffee. Without my coffee, I tend to do crazy things like put cumin instead of cinnamon on my oatmeal and not on purpose. Yes, I actually did that. I told you I was not very coherent in the morning didn’t I? Thankfully the smell alerted me to my mistake and I dumped it out before I ate any of it.

One of the things I am working in my journey to getting healthier is eating more often and that includes breakfast even if that means preparing something before I am fully awake. It has been a challenge to force myself to eat breakfast everyday but I am getting better at it.

One of my major challenges in making sure I get breakfast everyday has been finding something that is easy to prepare yet still good for me. I want something that is going to help me get going in the morning not something loaded with sugar that is just going to make me crash mid morning.

raspberry quinoa recipe

I try to find things with fiber, protein or other good nutrients to help get me going in the morning which is why I love this berry breakfast cereal. It’s packed with lots of wholesome goodness.

I initially tried quinoa on its own but wasn’t a huge fan so that’s why I decided to mix it with oats. I also added flax/chia for extra fiber and omega-3. You can add whatever berries you like. I just love the combination of raspberries and blueberries so that is what I used. My favorite part of this cereal is how the raspberries are crushed and mixed in so you get the tart berry flavor in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds (or a blend of both)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • sweetener of choice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts (optional – sliced almonds shown)
  • additional berries (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine oats, quinoa, flax and water in a bowl and mix. Microwave for one minute. Remove and stir.
  2. Add milk, berries and sweeten to taste. Mix until well combined. Return to microwave and cook for one more minute or until heated through.
  3. Crush the raspberries and mix well.
  4. Top with nuts and additional berries.

Notes

Stove Top Directions: Place dry ingredients and water in saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for one to two minutes longer. Stir in milk, berries and sweetener. Cook until heated through.

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