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Hot Apple Raisin Quinoa Oatmeal

Updated on February 26, 2015

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Jump start your morning

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets your body's expectations for what's to come in the day ahead. If you fill your tummy with empty calories, your body thinks it's in for a day of leisure and indulgence. I don't know about you, but that's not how I would describe my typical day. I need something that will give me the energy to run the obstacle course that's outside that front door. This power-packed pile of protein fits the bill. To top it off, it's warm and delicious! It will have you sailing through your day.
Be sure to see the photo illustrations below the recipe.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats, (not quick oats)
  • 2 cups water, (plus more as needed during cooking)
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey, (optional)
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, (frozen concentrate)

Put it all together

  1. Quinoa must be washed before cooking. Rinse in a pan of water and pour through a strainer lined with a wet coffee filter.
  2. Toast quinoa in a heavy pan. It will begin to pop and smell warm and toasty. Give it a stir and continue to toast for about a minute. Don't let it burn!
  3. Pour water and juice into pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Add all other ingredients to pan, reduce heat and simmer to desired consistency, about 8 -12 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more water as needed.
  5. This makes 2 very filling servings. You can easily multiply this recipe and make ahead to eat throughout the week.

Rinse quinoa

Pour grains into a pan and cover with cold water.  Swish grains in water.  You will probably see little "floaties" come to the top.  Carefully pour dirty water off, allowing grains to settle to the bottom of the pan, then rinse again.
Pour grains into a pan and cover with cold water. Swish grains in water. You will probably see little "floaties" come to the top. Carefully pour dirty water off, allowing grains to settle to the bottom of the pan, then rinse again. | Source

Place wet filter in strainer

Make sure filter is wet so that it sticks to the sides of the strainer.  This keeps grains where you want them rather than running through the sieve.
Make sure filter is wet so that it sticks to the sides of the strainer. This keeps grains where you want them rather than running through the sieve. | Source

Strain the grain

Pour rinse water with grains into filter-lined strainer and allow all the water to drain out.
Pour rinse water with grains into filter-lined strainer and allow all the water to drain out. | Source

Dump the dirt

Gently gather grains into the wet filter and empty them into a clean pan.  Some grains will be stuck to the filter.  Don't try to salvage these.  I feel like this is where the dirt is stuck and should be dumped.  (Great candidate for my compost bin!)
Gently gather grains into the wet filter and empty them into a clean pan. Some grains will be stuck to the filter. Don't try to salvage these. I feel like this is where the dirt is stuck and should be dumped. (Great candidate for my compost bin!) | Source

Add more water as needed

As your cereal cooks, add more water and stir as needed to maintain consistency and prevent burning and clumping.
As your cereal cooks, add more water and stir as needed to maintain consistency and prevent burning and clumping. | Source
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup (Based on analysis from MyFitnessPal.com)
Calories 290
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 63 g21%
Sugar 29 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 92 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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