This breakfast cereal prepared with quinoa and steel cut oats, is a mega powerhouse of goodness. Topped with short season honey crisp apples, finely chopped walnuts, sliced almonds, and ground flax... seated on the porch in the warmth of a sunny autumn morning. Mmmmm. Perfect.
Red and golden quinoa are the most common colors sold in grocery stores, but there are also black, orange, pink, and purple varieties. Red quinoa has a higher protein content than golden. *Quinoa is coated with saponins, a bitter tasting, naturally occurring coating that repels birds during its cultivation. It produces soap-like foaming when quinoa is shaken in water. Most boxed/pre-packaged quinoa has been pre-rinsed for convenience, and cooking instructions suggest only a brief rinse before cooking, if at all. If quinoa has not been pre-rinsed, the first step is to remove the saponins, which requires either rinsing the quinoa under running water for several minutes in either a fine strainer or cheesecloth or soaking the grain in water for a few hours. Soaking causes the quinoa to germinate which boosts its nutritional value. Germination activates its natural enzymes and multiplies its vitamin content. Quinoa has a very short germination period. Soaking in a glass jar of clean water for only 2 to 4 hours is enough to make it sprout.
In a medium saucepan with a lid, place soaked quinoa, steel cut oats, sea salt, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat.
Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes. (I cracked the lid a bit to prevent boiling over and added a bit more water the final 10 minutes of cooking time.)
Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins and let sit for several minutes. Serve hot.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (145g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 29 (14%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.2g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.2g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.9g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 25mg||1 %|
|Potassium 199mg||5 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 36.9g||11 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.8g||19 %|
|Sugars, other 32.1g|
|Protein 7.6g||11 %|
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Calories per serving: 206
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