Breakfast for the whole family
As you know, we use oats as the main grain in a whole lot of our breakfast recipes. This time we mixed it up with quinoa instead to make this delicious Quinoa Pudding. While not actually a grain (it belongs to the grass family), its "grain-like" properties make it a good alternative. Paired with milk, raw cocoa powder, and topped with fruit, it makes for an easy breakfast to prep in any quantity before you go to sleep.
Quinoa is great for its high protein content compared to other "grains". It's also pretty high in fiber and provides a fair amount of essential minerals like phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
Raw unsweetened cocoa powder is one of the best sources of antioxidants that you can choose, almost making dark chocolate a healthy food (more about that some other time). It also adds to the minerals with magnesium and copper.
Full-fat milk adds to the protein content and also provides healthy fats and calcium.
Agave syrup is used as a sweetener. With its high fructose content instead of glucose, it doesn't spike your blood sugar the way that sugar does.
As a topping to our Quinoa Pudding we added a chopped up banana for the sweet taste and creamy texture that can easily be mixed into the pudding. Bananas also provide plenty of potassium for a final mineral boost.
Quinoa pudding can be prepared for anyone from babies to adults (for adults at least double the amounts below). For babies, serve as is or blend it into a smoothie.
If you're dairy-free swap cow's milk for a plant-based alternative. Or even just mash in more banana.
Agave can be replaced with other sweeteners as well but avoid honey for babies under 1 year old.
Likewise, feel free to change up the fruit topping if you prefer something other than the banana. Or even serve a bunch of different ones for your children to pick for themselves.
- 1 tbsp uncooked quinoa
- water to cook the quinoa
- 1 tsp raw cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- ½ medium-sized banana
- Add the quinoa and water to a pot, bring to boil and then simmer until the water is fully absorbed
- Transfer the quinoa into a serving glass and add the raw cocoa powder and agave
- Add milk
- Allow to set in the fridge overnight (or at least an hour)
- Before serving, slice the banana and add as a topping to the pudding (or mix in if preferred)
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