We've really been enjoying this hot cereal lately. A friend of mine introduced me to the combination when she came on a visit here last year. The kids are even enjoying it. I like how the quinoa loosens up the oatmeal and doesn't seem so gluey. This recipe makes enough for five of us and sometimes I have a bowl leftover for tomorrow. But I do have a funny story. Quite often Juliana doesn't finish her cereal. With oatmeal, I've found that she will eat it an hour or two later and it is still good. Not the same for cold cereal. So, last week I reminded Juliana to eat her cereal and she went over looked at it and said "Mom, the flies pooped on my cereal!" I had to show her that no, the chia seeds were not fly poop.
Oatmeal, Quinoa and Chia Seed Cereal
1/2 cup Quinoa
2 cups Old-fashioned Oatmeal
2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Rinse Quinoa and fill pan with water up to the top of the quinoa. Cook uncovered until the water is absorbed (tip: cook 1 cup of quinoa and set aside half of it for tomorrow)
- Put chia seeds in a bowl and add one cup of water or other liquid like coconut or almond milk. Let it sit to absorb liquid for about 15 minutes.
- Now put it together: put quinoa and chia seeds in pan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Add oatmeal. Add anything else, like vanilla and cinnamon, and stir. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
- I always serve with a pat of butter and milk. The kids get a drizzle of maple syrup, too.