Protein-Packed Paleo Breakfast Cereal from Borne Appétit
If you’re like my daughter and don’t want your child to go “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” then it is best to ban sugar-sweetened cereals from your home entirely. While some breakfast cereals can be a healthy choice, the packaged ready-to-eat variety are mostly easily digestible sugar and starch. Breakfast cereals for children contain the most sugar — similar, in fact, to the sugar content of a package of cookies.
In highly processed cereals, the hull and germ are removed from grains, which are then combined with additives and preservatives. Processing reduces the nutritional quality of a cereal's carbohydrate content. These generally contain starch and sugar, but not much fiber. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends only buying cereals that list a whole-grain ingredient first on their labels. Whole-grain cereals, including steel-cut oats, whole-wheat, quinoa or whole-oat cereals, provide fiber, along with some starch and a small amount of sugar.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa actually is a seed. It is a pseudo cereal rather than a true cereal. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroot and spinach and tumbleweed. While that bit of information may not entice you to try quinoa, consider it’s gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, and relatively high in essential amino acids. And yes, it taste good.
Here's the best description I found (from Dietriffic.com) : “The taste and texture of quinoa is a bit like brown rice crossed with oatmeal. It's fluffy, creamy, crunchy and somewhat nutty, all rolled into one.” It's versatile and can be prepared several ways.
I often use quinoa as a substitute starch for rice or pasta. Most recently, I developed a recipe for a Paleo breakfast cereal that featured tricolor quinoa. And it was a winner! The real secret to its success is that the quinoa is cooked in roasted coconut juice in lieu of water. Roasting coconut juice enhances its naturally sweet flavor, and that is why cooking the quinoa in it makes for a deliciously and naturally sweet cereal.
Fruit and Nut Quinoa Cereal from Borne Appétit is a breakfast cereal that will give your children a healthy nutrition-packed start to their busy day ahead!
Fruit and Nut Quinoa Cereal from Borne Appétit
1 c cooked tricolor quinoa prepared with roasted coconut juice in lieu of water (see package directions, usually I use 2 c roasted coconut juice to 1 c of quinoa). I use Fogo roasted coconut juice (warning contains sulphurdioxide)
Dash of cinnamon
Top with 1 handful raw almonds
2-3 TBS jumbo raisins, seedless, no sugar added, no chemical preservatives
Light coconut milk, canned, 100% coconut! No additives or preservatives
Pot and lid
Spoon for stirring
1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions, substituting the Foco Roasted Coconut Juice for the water. Total cooking time is generally 10-15 minutes.
2. Add one cup of cooked quinoa to a cereal bowl. Top with a dash of cinnamon, handful of raw almonds, and 2-3 TBS of jumbo raisins.
3. Pour about 1/3c of the coconut milk over the cereal (more or less to your liking).
The cereal can be served hot or the quinoa can be prepared ahead of time and the cereal served cold.
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