We often think of Quinoa as a side dish, as salad component or a great ingredient for a dinner meal. When I started researching on the benefits of Quinoa, it occurred to me that it could be a perfect ingredient to incorporate into a morning routine.
1. How nutritious should breakfast be?
Since we often lack time when it comes to cooking breakfast or need to grab something quick on the go, what seems most attractive to us is cereal, granola, yogurt or fruit. In order to have a fully nutritious breakfast, they key is not necessarily spending more time putting together a meal but to use ingredients that already contain a large amount of fiber, protein, vitamins, in order to start the day on the right foot.
2. Why Quinoa Flakes?
I discovered GoGo Quinoa’s Quinoa Flakes a few years ago, and it quickly became a staple in my kitchen. My favorite way to use the flakes is to make homemade granola.
Not only does it allow you to minimize your intake of sugar since you’re not opting for a store bought or processed cereal, but it also allows you to maximize the amount of nutrients included in your breakfast.
3. Discover my favorite granola recipe
One of my favorite recipes comes from the book by Gwyneth Paltrow “It’s all Good” – I love the sweet maple flavour and the delicate crunch of Quinoa flakes. This recipe ensures you consume 7 grams of protein and also contains Iron, Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin C and Fiber.
I also love to top of my granola with other superfoods, to get even more benefits out of my breakfast. I always include Maca powder, Cocoa powder, hemp seeds, ground flax seeds and chia seeds on rotation. Top the mixture with almond milk, and enjoy!
4. Granola Ingredients
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup high-quality maple syrup
3 cups GoGo Quinoa flakes
Pinch of coarse sea salt
1 1/4 cups roughly chopped raw walnuts or almonds
3/4 cup roughly chopped dried figs
3/4 cup roughly chopped pitted prunes
5. How to make it?
- Preheat the oven to 400°F
- Whisk together the olive oil and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl and add the GoGo Quinoa flakes, stirring to combine thoroughly.
- Evenly spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
- Roast, stirring now and then, until the flakes are dried and crunchy and a lovely golden brown, about 25 minutes.
- Let the quinoa mixture cool completely before mixing with the remaining ingredients. Store in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks.