A nice treat on a chilly morning or after a heavier workout, this is a delicious warm dish that is just as satisfying as oatmeal. I actually prefer that it’s not as gummy. But quinoa is relatively high-carb if you’re counting — about 30g from the 1/3 cup in this recipe.

Quinoa makes a good grain-free alternative to oatmeal.

  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • 2/3 cup whole milk or almond milk
  • a few berries of your choosing

Rinse the quinoa well with cool water. Warm the milk on low in a small saucepan. Add the quinoa when the milk is warm to the touch. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, keeping an eye on it towards the end. The quinoa won’t soak up all the milk, it will still be a bit soupy; if it’s been cooked too long the texture will be just mush. I’ve made that mistake before.

Remove from heat, add your berries and enjoy.

Adaptation for hiking:

Quinoa, prepared in a Jet-Boil

Place 1/2 cup of dry quinoa in a sealable bag with 3 Tbs. dried whole milk and 2 tsp. cinnamon. This can be packed away.

Put in your cooking vessel with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for three to five minutes. Add dried fruit, remove from heat, cover and let sit until soft.