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G-Free Friday: Quinoa, Flax, and Chia Hot Breakfast Cereal

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Stuck in a breakfast rut? Change up your morning routine with this delicious, 5-minute alterna-porridge.

Quinoa, Flax, and Chia Hot Breakfast Cereal
Serves 2

2 cups coconut water (or plain water)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup quinoa flakes
2 Tbsp flax meal
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
Seasonal fruit, chopped almonds, and coconut milk, for serving (optional)

Bring coconut water to a boil in a saucepan. Add chia seeds and cook, covered, over low heat, 3 minutes. Stir in quinoa, flax, and coconut. Cook, stirring, 2 minutes more. Serve topped with fruit, almonds, and coconut milk, if desired.

Prep tip: Make a double batch in advance and combine all the dry ingredients in a container.  When you go to prepare the cereal, add ¾ cup mixture to 2 cups boiling coconut or plain water.

Elizabeth Kaplan is the founder of The Pure Pantry, an allergen-free natural foods company that creates nutritious, great-tasting, and easy-to-use baking mixes. She is the author of Fresh from Elizabeth’s Kitchen: Gluten-free & Allergy-free Recipes. When she was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, and subsequently her children were diagnosed with severe food allergies and gluten intolerance, she focused her passion for the culinary arts on gluten-free cuisine. Elizabeth teaches cooking classes that help others transition to a gluten-free lifestyle, lectures on topics related to gluten intolerance, and writes a lifestyle blog in which she shares recipes, nutrition tips, entertaining and travel ideas, and her first-hand knowledge about raising children with food allergies. Her husband and three children all enjoy being her official taste testers for the recipes and products she creates.

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Comments (7)

  • Looks delicious! Happy to see such a healthy recipe featured on your Gluten-Free Friday series. Please share more like this!

  • Three of my favorite foods all in one dish! I will definitely be making some of this for breakfast next week.

  • This is a great recipe! I will certainly try it. For the future, though, it sure would be helpful if you were to include the nutritional information for your recipes... Thanks!

  • This was utterly repellent.

    The amount and preparation of the chia seeds gave this a slimy mouth feel that was really really gross.

    I made this twice, first as written then without the chia seeds. Adding the flax meal to the cooking pot turned the whole thing into a ball that was also unappetizing.

    My advice: cook the quinoa flakes on their own, then add some (NOT 1/3 cup) chia seeds and the flax meal after the quinoa has been removed from the pot.

    Also, the image is not representative of the final product at all. The final product is not white. The lightest color you can get with flax meal is "golden" so there's no way the image used is actually of the recipe.

  • you should NOT be heating flax seed, it kills much of its properties!

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