Hot Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

Quinoa (Keen-wah) is a more flavorful and higher protein version of oatmeal. This hearty breakfast cereal will stave off hunger for many hours!


• 1 cup quinoa
• 2 cups water
• 1/2 cup apples, thinly sliced
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• Coconut milk to mix to desired consistency
• Stevia or raw honey to sweeten if desired


In a medium0sized bowl, soak the quinoa in cold water for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. In a medium saucepan, combine the soaked quinoa and water and bring to a boil.Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
Add apples, nuts and cinnamon. Simmer until water is absorbed. Serve with milk (just a little over the cereal) and sweeten to taste with stevia or raw honey.

Contributed by: Isabel De Los Rios, as featured in The Diet Solution

Buck Rizvi

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  • Bill Kingsbury says:

    What is Quinona breakfast cereal and where do you buy it?

    • Ultimate Lifespan says:

      Hi Bill:

      Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is a seed of a leafy plant related to spinach grown almost exclusively in South America. It is cooked and used almost identically as a whole grain, but it is gluten-free.
      Quinoa is an excellent source of protein – 12% to 18%, a source of ALL essential amino acids and rich with B vitamins, potassium and riboflavin. It’s also good source of zinc, copper, and manganese, and magnesium. It contains folic acid and vitamin E. Best of all it tastes great! It has a nutty, smoky flavor and is less filling than other grains and pastas.

      You can find Quinoa at any Health Food Stores an even in the organic section of many supermarkets.

  • david R. Johnson says:

    Where to purchase Quinoa?

    • Ultimate Lifespan says:

      Hi David – You can find Quinoa in Health Food Stores or sometimes even in the “Organic” section in your supermarket.

  • I like your recipes, but not the long, drawn out videos. I bought your Diet Solution program several months; most of your recipes require items that I don’t have handy in my kitchen, so I have to skip over most of them. We like simple things that we can make in a short period of time. I am looking forward to the quinoa cereal which I will need to make a trip to the Health store to buy the quinoa and coconut milk. When I am yearning for something sweet but don’t have any dark choc. around I put a couple of dark choc. chips in my mouth with a spoonful of coconut oil and savor it which lets me think I have had a tasty treat. Joyce Greene

  • Laura Childs says:

    Sounds like a good breakfast. Is quinoa gluten free? I’m reading Slenda is not a healthy sugar sub.

  • Ultimate Lifespan says:

    Hi Linda – the initial reports on the all natural “sugar-free” sweetner – Stevia – have been positive, but that is also very highly alkaline. Perhaps you could try some raw coconut meat or coconut milk to give the Quinoa Cereal a bit of sweetness? That is high in Omega-3.

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