Gluten Free Good Mornings

Breakfast can be difficult on a gluten free diet.  There’s the muffins, pancakes, scones, bread, waffles, and cereals most Americans indulge in on a regular basis when dining in the morning.  However for the wheat free eaters, and gluten intolerant dieters out there, breakfast has given mornings a whole new challenge.

Recently I headed advice from one of my gluten free friends to try quinoa for breakfast.  I know, at first I was not keen on the idea.  I have only ever heard of quinoa being used in dinner dishes and tossed in green salads.  Never have I seen quinoa as a breakfast cereal.  I was perfectly satisfied with the gluten free oatmeal I made along with the Udi’s Lemon Streusel Muffins I packed for mornings on the go.  But after years of pestering I finally gave in and whipped up a batch of breakfast quinoa.
Breakfast Quinoa- Photo Credit
It was amazing!  Who would have thought that this ancient grain would be so amazingly satisfying for breakfast?  Most Americans, like myself, see oats and wheat as acceptable grains for breakfast.  Most other grains, such as rice, corn, and quinoa, are thought of as savory grains used in dinner recipes.  We are so quick to dismiss food based on our preconceived notions!

I, for one, am delighted I gave my traditional taste buds a kick.

Try this recipe for a great, high protein, gluten free breakfast you will love.

1/2 cup dry quinoa
1 cup water or milk

1/8 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup berries of your choice
1 pinch cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey
sprinkle of brown sugar


Combine quinoa and water (or milk) on a stove top in a large pot.  Bring mixture to a boil then immediately reduce heat and simmer ingredients.  Place a lid on the pot and continue to simmer the mixture for 25 minutes, sirring ingredients halfway through.

After 25 minutes transfer the soft quinoa into a bowl.  Throw berries and almonds on top.  Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar on the cereal, and finish up with a drizzle of honey.

You now have an amazingly nutritious quinoa-tastic breakfast ready to enjoy!

What other recipes do you have for quinoa?

If you are interested in ancient grains, keep an eye out for Udi’s new Ancient Grain Breads due out this Summer!


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