Quinoa Cereal With Nuts, Cinnamon & Fresh Mango

At 24-grams of protein per cup, quinoa cereal is as tasty as it is nutritious! This simple recipe is a great way to get all nine essential amino acidsthe body requires for health and proper maintenance. For the reasons just stated, quinoa is considered a "complete protein", and has been coined a pseudo-grain! 

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups water, divided

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup sliced-roasted almonds

  • 1/4 cup crushed-roasted walnuts

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • salt to taste

  • 3/4 cup almond or coconut milk

  • 1 cup mangoes, pitted, peeled and diced

Directions:

  1. IMPORTANT - DO NOT SKIP! Soak quinoa for at least 5-10 minutes before cooking. This is a must because soaking quinoa helps to release its saponin, which creates a bitter taste...unless removed!

  2. While the quinoa is soaking, bring the 4 cups of water to a boil. When the quinoa is ready (puffs up a bit), transfer it to a fine-mesh strainer and run under cold water.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add in the rinsed quinoa. Stir, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in the vanilla and cover for what will be the final 5 minutes.

  5. Once the quinoa is finished, uncover and stir in the honey, cinnamon and salt. Fluff with a fork and let cool.

  6. Lastly, add desired amount to a bowl, pour in milk, along with the mangoes and nuts.

  7. Enjoy!