Quinoa makes a delicious alternative to oatmeal for breakfast. I personally find when I eat oats they sit funny in my stomach.
I like to use this breakfast option after an intense cardio workout. I find that it keeps me going for quite a while after.
1 cup quinoa, rinsed well
1 1/2 cups homemade coconut milk - I add a few dates to sweeten my homemade coconut milk.
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. water
1 tsp. vanilla powder or the seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. of the honey or 2-4 dates to sweeten
1 Tbs. coconut chips or flakes for topping
1 Tbs. sliced almonds for topping
1 Tbs goji berries for topping
Fruit for topping - I personally like to use banana, peeled and sliced, blueberries, star fruit and mango.
Homemade coconut milk for serving
In a saucepan over high heat, combine the quinoa, 1 cup of the homemade coconut milk, the 1/2 cup water, 1/2 tsp. of the vanilla essence or half of the vanilla seeds, and the cinnamon.
Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Stir in 2 tsp. of the honey or dates to sweeten and then the remaining 1/2 cup homemade coconut milk.
Combine the 2 Tbs. water, the remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence or the remaining half of the vanilla seeds.
To serve, spoon the hot quinoa into bowls. Top with fresh organic fruit of your choice, add coconut chips, sliced almonds, goji berries. Serve coconut milk to alongside if required.
Serves 2 or 3 usually.