Monday, January 28, 2013

Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal
 Oatmeal and Quinoa combined in a hot breakfast dish sounded interesting.  Oatmeal has numerous health benefits as does Quinoa. Not only was it healthy, it sounded  delicious, and  easy to make.  I decided to make it for breakfast the next day.   In reading over the directions for the recipe, I noticed that you let the cereal mixture sit overnight.  Then you heat it up the next morning.  Perfect, this will allow me some extra zzz's in the morning. If you wanted to make the cereal in the morning, you just  cook the mixture for 20-25 minutes or until the grains are tender.   This recipe  uses steel-cut oats.  My favorite.  I love their nutty texture and hearty flavor.  To begin the recipe you place some dried fruit (I used dried cherries), oats, quinoa, raisins, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and 4 cups of water in a saucepan.  You bring it to a boil then remove it from the heat. Cover and let it sit overnight.  The next morning, you reheat the cereal and serve.  I served the cereal  with milk, maple syrup, toasted pumpkin seeds and toasted walnuts.  This was a perfect breakfast for a chilly morning.  The steel-cut oats and quinoa was a great pairing.  The fruits and spices added a wonderful flavor and texture to the cereal.  The family agreed, this was a delicious hot cereal and great way to  start off the day:)

Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal
From Bon Appetit


1/2 cup dried fruit (such as goji berries, cranberries, or barberries)
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
Milk (for serving)
Maple Syrup (for serving)
Toasted shelled pumpkin seeds (Pepita's; for serving)
Toasted walnuts (for serving)


1. Bring dried fruit, oats, quinoa, raisins, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
2. Cover and let sit off heat overnight. (Alternatively, bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.)
3. Before serving, reheat cereal in saucepan, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally and adding water if needed, until warmed through, 5-8 minutes.
4. Serve with milk, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Makes 4 servings


  1. This looks so good mixed with quinoa!

  2. Sounds like a delicious breakfast! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Very healthy. I'll have to give it a try!

  4. Geraldine, this recipe for Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal sounds so good and healthy and is such a perfect breakfast to get you off to a really powerful start to the day. We love eating a lot of muesli and cereals around here, good wholesome breakfast fare!