For many of us, breakfast is the quickest meal of the day. Between jumping out of bed late, getting ready for the day, and rushing kids out the door, it can be difficult to cook up a balanced, nutritious breakfast. Getting protein can be especially difficult if you’re on a time crunch (or have merely gotten sick of eggs), as it’s much easier to simply pour a bowl of cereal and get on with your day.
What if you could infuse your daily bowl with protein? Thanks to the One Ingredient Chef, you can! We stumbled upon this homemade chocolate quinoa cereal, jam-packed with nutritious protein and made of completely natural foods. Whip this up on a Sunday afternoon and have a quick, healthy breakfast for the rest of the week!
Cook the quinoa. First, rinse the dry quinoa thoroughly through a strainer to remove the bitter coating, then add to a pot with 1 1/2 cups water. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Typically with quinoa, you want to use 2:1 water:quinoa ratio, but we’re using a little less water here so the cereal is more dry after cooking.
Just before the quinoa is finished cooking, prepare the chocolate, coconut, and peanut butter sauce. To do this, add all the remaining ingredients (minus the almonds) to a saucepan and gently heat. You don’t want to “cook” this mixture, just melt and incorporate the sauce.
In a large mixing bowl, pour the liquid chocolate mixture over the top and toss gently until the quinoa is completely coated. What you have now is a warm and delicious chocolate-coated quinoa. If you’re ready to eat this right away, you could easily skip the baking step and enjoy the cereal as-is. But for a firmer texture that will keep for several days…
Preheat the oven to 350º F and thinly spread the quinoa mixture onto a baking sheet. The thiner you can spread this, the crispier it will get. Bake for at least 30 minutes until it becomes somewhat dry. This will never become super-crunchy granola, but it does firm up quite a bit. Toss in the optional almonds (or any other add-ins you’d like).
Store in mason jars in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, add to a bowl with non-dairy milk and enjoy hot or cold (both are delicious!).
About the One Ingredient Chef
One Ingredient Chef is a healthy food blog run by Andrew Olson. His goal is simple: he wants you to become healthier than ever before while cooking the best food of your life. As he says, “The One Ingredient Diet is my simple answer to a world of processed foods. But this isn’t about munching on lettuce! My job is to show you (step-by-step) how to cook deliciously healthy food with only *real* ingredients.”