In addition to our family of 3 loving bananas, (we have now purchased at least 8 bunches in less than a week!) we also love oatmeal! Oatmeal is a great base for creating a delicious meal any way you choose! This recipe is very simple and allows for a lot of creativity! Don’t be shy! Play around a bit with this super-food!
- 1 cup of uncooked, rinsed quinoa
- 2 cups of almond or cashew milk
- 1 banana
- granola of your choice (I like using the Kashi Almond, Flax, and Honey Cereal)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of brown sugar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- optional 2 tbsp of seeds (I use a mixture medley from Lowe’s Food. It has chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds.)
- Place rinsed quinoa in a small pot over medium-high heat with the almond or cashew milk. After about 10 minutes on the stove, add your spices and seasonings. I added brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir about every 3 minutes to prevent the quinoa from sticking to the pot. (Quinoa will need to cook for about 15-20 minutes total, or until the majority of the milk is absorbed. I like mine to be a little creamy, so I keep a bit of the milk.)
- Once the quinoa is fully cooked, with a little milk left for a creamy texture, add the honey, banana, granola and seeds. Stir and enjoy!
I love using quinoa in recipes because:
- It is nature’s most powerful super-food. Quinoa is actually a seed, but is categorized as a whole grain. It is prepared similarly to most other whole grain cereals, like oats. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, extremely high in fiber and protein, along with other nutritious minerals, which most people have a difficult time incorporating into their diet. The most often asked question I receive about my plant-based eating habits, is “But where do you get your protein?” Almost every plant, seed, fruit, legume, and nut has protein, along with many other vitamins and minerals that are essential to a healthy diet. As a culture, Americans are actually consuming too much protein by eating animals products (This topic will be discussed in a more in-depth blog post in the future). Just one cup of quinoa has:
- 8 grams of protein
- 5 grams of fiber
- 4 grams of fat
- 30% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Magnesium
- 15% of your RDA of Iron
- 13% of your RDA of Zinc
- 9% of your RDA of Potassium
- It serves as an excellent substitute for rice, oats, pastas, and even salads. Quinoa is very easy to incorporate into your diet, simply by substituting it for other grains or even pastas. Typically you boil 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water. I like to use vegetable stock instead, as it adds a bit more flavor to the quinoa.