We started adding quinoa to our breakfast routine when we realized how much our toddler loves it. You can make breakfast quinoa similar to oatmeal. Cook it up and throw in whatever you might normally add to oatmeal. It’s a really nice alternative and it has a ton of protein to keep you going until lunch.
The other day on Facebook one of my friends liked a recipe for chocolate quinoa. I hadn’t thought of that before and wanted to try it. I should’ve liked it myself so I could find it again later, but I didn’t and therefore could not locate the recipe. So Saturday morning I Googled it found something probably pretty similar.
Chocolate Banana Breakfast Quinoa with Walnuts @ Seeds N Smiles
Her recipe was for one and I needed to serve two adults and one toddler. I followed the recipe loosely and sort of tripled it. We ended up with the following which was delicious.
I ended up cooking 1 cup of quinoa in 1 cup milk and 1 cup water for 15 minutes (bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes). While that was cooking, I mashed up two ripe bananas and then stirred in two tablespoons cocoa powder. I skipped the cinnamon and dried fruit. When the quinoa was done I stirred the chocolate-banana mixture into the quinoa until well combined. I added a drizzle of maple syrup and chopped walnuts to the bowls for Benzo and I. Our son got it as is.
All three of us really enjoyed it. Especially a little boy who practically licked his bowl.
It was so filling I didn’t even finish my bowl. I don’t know if it was the quinoa or just coincidence but after breakfast I went on a cleaning and cooking spree. It was one of those times when you’re cleaning and cleaning and you don’t want to stop or sit down for fear of losing the cleaning mojo. It was extremely satisfying getting so much done around the house.