Organic Steel Cut Oats with Quinoa is a perfect healthy way to start your day! A few years ago, well about 7 years ago, I had the most delicious healthy breakfast in Hong Kong at my favorite raw food restaurant. and I’ve been making a rendition of this breakfast ever since. Steel Cut Oats & Quinoa with lots of healthy protein and natural sweaters like raisins is extremely satisfying. I first met Quinoa in Peru on a month long trip to see all the wonders and found they lived off quinoa. They had a huge range of use for it, soups, stews, side-dishes and more. The Peruvians drink a quinoa milk every morning and I must say they are the most healthy looking people, many with beautiful plump ruddy cheeks and bursting with energy. Quinoa is an ancient grain that is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 amino acids which cannot be produced by the body and must come from our food. You must first rinse it before cooking it, otherwise it can be too bitter. There are over 120 varieties of quinoa and they all have their place in our meals, but for breakfast, I use just the plain white one. If you are looking for a more earthier taste, you can use the red quinoa, but I find the steel cut oats are earthy enough.

It’s so easy to make. As you know, steel-cut oats, take a while to cook, but once made, they’re healthy and delicious with the right ingredient on top. You can use whatever ingredients you like. I try and stick with seasonal fruit on top, but now that it’s winter in Ashland, I am using dried blueberries instead of fresh.  I pour a good non-dairy milk like hemp or coconut milk over the steaming oats to add some flavor and juice, as it can be rather dry otherwise. I recently discovered Vanilla Flax-Seed Milk that is fantastic and very high in all the good omegas. I love Flax Milk.

Unlike most vanilla flavored non-dairy milks out there, this one isn’t too sweet. I don’t need the milk sweetened as I then top the dish off with sliced almonds, which like the quinoa is high in natural plant-based protein. I usually start my day off with some form of this daily and I find my energy is sustained all through the morning. As we make the most delicious breakfasts daily for our guests, however, I usually try to have my steel-cut oats with quinoa super early when I first wake up so then I can enjoy a taste of the Bayberry Inn breakfast. My new favorite restaurant for breakfast in Ashland, Oregon is NW Raw. They make a great organic dairy-free oatmeal breakfast that is extremely healthy and delicious.

Here’s a simple recipe:

Steel-Cut Oats 1/2 cup

3 cups boiling water- place oats into the boiling water, stir well while boiling, turn heat down to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes stirring every 10 minutes or so

pinch of sea salt

1/2 cup quinoa (always add the quinoa much later into the process of cooking the oats as the oats can take up to 45 minutes and the quinoa takes only a few minutes so you can either add the quinoa for the last 15-20 minutes or make it separately and add when finished)

Pour the oats and quinoa into a bowl

If you need more fiber, add a tablespoon of ground Flax-Seed & Hemp Seed

Top with raw cashews or sliced raw almonds

Add Plump yellow or black raisins (I find yellow to be larger and sweater) & or a tiny bit of pure maple syrup

Add fresh or dried fruit

I love to add a pinch of cardamon, although you can use dried cardamon, I usually use a tiny drop of Cardamon Essential oil

 

That’s it! Make it and let me know what you think. It’s so delicious and healthy. If you’re trying to save time, cook the oats & quinoa in larger batches and heat up as and when you need. It lasts in the fridge for a few days.

Enjoy,

Francesca