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It’s breakfast time and isn’t it pretty! Not just because of these beautiful bowls I picked up in Madrid, but because what’s inside the bowls is super healthy, filling and nice and balanced. Perfect right? Totally.

Ok, maybe not as perfect as Oreo Cookie Cupcakes or a big bowl of mac and cheese might be for breakfast, but in adult life a bowl of quinoa is probably the right way to start your day. Let’s discuss.

Quinoa is indisputably one of the best grains out there, a recognised superfood high in protein, fibre, magnesium, iron and phosphorus as well as being gluten-free anddddd a good source of calcium (thanks WiKi), but surely I needn’t tell you that – you’re in the know about eating well and appreciating your body. Wait, hold on… isn’t quinoa a pain to cook at any time of day let alone in the morning? Think again my friends, this will sit pretty overnight and be ready for chow-time come daybreak. And seriously, if your week is anything like mine you’re gonna need this. Think of this as a bowl of ‘do your thang whilst avoiding the biscuit tin at work’ fuel.

Have a rummage through your store cupboard, grab whatever dried fruit, nuts or seeds you have to hand, get yourself some fresh berries (it’s always about fresh berries) and spend 5 minutes making this before your beauty sleep.

Quinoa with spoon

Toppings and milk. Need I say more?

Overnight Breakfast Quinoa

Serves 4

600ml water
100g quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
60g coarse oatmeal
Pinch of salt
2 dates
60g raisins
25g whole raw almonds
1 cinnamon stick

Toppings:
Milk (non fat, soya, almond, full fat – whatevs)
Soured cherries
Slivered almonds
Fresh berries
Agave nectar

In a large saucepan add all of the main ingredients and bring to the boil. Turn off the heat, cover and leave overnight. In the morning you’ll have perfect quinoa!

Remove the cinnamon stick and serve either cold or hot (heat on low with a splash of water until warmed through), topped with milk, soured cherries or any other dried fruits, fresh berries, slivered almonds and if you like things a little sweeter add a drizzle of agave nectar.

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6 thoughts on “Overnight Breakfast Quinoa

  1. This is such a great idea!

  2. Yum! I would never had thought to do overnight quinoa but it sounds delicious and a great addition to the regular oats :)

  3. Deborah dowd says:

    Overnight oatmeal is all the rage but this quinoa version sounds amazing and healthy!

  4. nickymcdonnell says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Sounds like a great alternative to the bland porridge.

  5. I’m allergic to oats. What would you sub in?

    1. Gabriella says:

      Hi! If you’re allergic to oats I would probably just omit the oats altogether in this recipe. If you wanted another texture though you could add in some coconut flakes to soak with the quinoa (stir in after you remove the quinoa from the stove).

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