Savory Ayurvedic Quinoa Oatmeal

Oh Oatmeal, it’s a shame you don’t get the attention you deserve. You are a breakfast champion! You don’t get all the fanfare like eggs & bacon, but you certainly pack a punch when it comes to nutrients and fiber.

A serving of steel cut oats (about 1/4 cup dry) will provide you with some super important nutrients like: antioxidants, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins. Steel cuts oats also contain beta glucans which are a healthy fiber associated with a whole list of health benefits (check out this video).

And the best part… NO cholesterol. In fact, oats can lower bad cholesterol levels without interfering with good cholesterol. Oats reduce the risk of heart disease…the number one killer of Americans. Whereas bacon and eggs will increase your risk for heart disease. Take that bacon!

Choose oats, not statins. 

Make your oatmeal even better with some quinoa. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse with plenty of fiber, minerals and vitamins. Even more, quinoa helps to improve gut health.

Quinoa is a complete protein, so you veggie lovers out there and rest assured that you do not have to consume any meat to have the full spectrum of essential amino acids.

For a better start to your day (and your life)- ditch the instant oats, processed cereals, pastries and processed meats…and make yourself a big batch of steel cut oatmeal.

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I love this recipe because it’s full of flavor and you can easily modify based on your taste buds.

I like to make 6 servings. Cook once, eat 6 times…we have a deal!

So, here’s what you do…

  • boil 6 cups of liquid, I like 4 cups water and 2 cups nut milk…but you do you
  • stir in a total of 2 cups of steel cut oats & quinoa
    • I like 1 3/4 cups oats, 1/4 cup quinoa
  • reduce heat
  • simmer on medium-low for 15-20 minutes
  • stir occasionally
    • at some point stir in these:
      • 1 tsp cinnamon
      • 1/2 tsp cardamom
      • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • this is a good time to add in chia, flax and/or help seeds if you desire

Now, sit down with a chai and mindfully enjoy this delicious meal!

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Add flavor and nutrients with these

mix-ins:

  • raisins
  • goji berries
  • cranberries
  • shaved coconut
  • chia seeds
  • flax seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • cashews
  • dates

toppings:

  • sliced bananas
  • fresh berries
  • almond butter
  • more cinnamon…why not?
  • frozen berries (add when oatmeal is hot or before reheating)

This recipe is technically 8 servings, but I guess I have a bigger appetite than Bob. Check out his blog for more ideas and information.

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words and photos by Cheryl Spriggs