Quinoa & Mixed Grain Breakfast

There’s a way to make oatmeal “healthier”?
It took me a couple of days, but I realized that the rice cooker makes more than, well, rice.

With the cold weather just about everyone’s been having lately, there’s been a lot of oatmeal filling the bowls around here. Since it’s the weekend, to keep things a little different, I tried a combination of quinoa and mixed grains like; cracked rye, flax and Irish oats. Fancied up with maple caramelized banana and it almost made for a showy brunch option instead of a detox meal.


1/2 Cup Red Quinoa, very well rinsed
1/4 Cup Irish Oats, Steel Cut
1/4 Cup Cracked Rye
3 Tablespoons Flax Seed
2 1/3 Cups Water
Pinch Salt

2 Bananas
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Rinse the quinoa well and add it along with the other grains to your rice cooker or a large saucepan.
Add the water and the pinch of salt. For the rice cooker, follow the manufacturers directions (which is turn it on) and for the stovetop version, heat to a boil then reduce to a simmer over a low heat.
Stir, then cover until the water has been absorbed and the grains are tender; about 15 minutes. Stir to fluff when done.
Meanwhile, slice the bananas about 1/4″ thick on the diagonal and heat along with the maple syrup in a frying pan, over a medium-high heat.
Maple syrup will reduce and thicken. Flip bananas to cook and coat with the syrup on both sides.

Serve bananas over the prepared porridge with a splash of soy milk.


~ by Dayna on January 17, 2009.

9 Responses to “Quinoa & Mixed Grain Breakfast”

  1. Quinoa would definitely make a bitter-cold NYC morning but more appealing!

  2. Lovely!!

  3. Ooooh, caramelized bananas? Just that extra (and way simple) step makes this superb! Now that I think of it, I’m really not a fan of cold bananas in my piping hot grains. Thanks for the tip! :)

  4. You’re making me so hungry! My favorite part of the day is my morning oatmeal, so I’ll definately have to try your delicious spin on it.

  5. That looks soooo good – the perfect breakfast!

  6. Wow, does that look good! What a great way to start or end the day! (I eat oatmeal for dessert too!)

  7. I wile whole grain porridges but I have not tried combining more than one yet. I will have to try it soon.

  8. does this serve one or two?
    Easily two. Enjoy!

  9. […] is -11°C outside in Seoul. Can I please just stay in bed with you all day and eat porridge and watch TED […]

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