Monday, June 16, 2014

Overnight Quinoa Flakes

Quick. Substantial. Delicious. For me, those are the three necessary ingredients for the perfect breakfast. I've mentioned before about my love for quinoa flakes, muffins and pancakes, but some days, I want to roll out of bed with a spoon in hand.

Sometimes this takes too much work...
And so the overnight quinoa flakes were born. 

Thanks to the magic of Instagram, I'd known about the whole overnight-oat-soaking-madness for a while, but never felt tempted to join in. Soggy, uncooked flakes and fruit? Not exactly a party in my mouth. Or a party in my stomach, considering its hatred for (even gluten free) oats.

But then summer hit and my bowl of quinoa flakes became a little too hot to handle. So I followed the overnight oats template and threw my quinoa flakes in a bowl with liquid and flavorings, soaked it overnight and hoped for the best!

It starts out liquidy…

Not to lie…the first couple of trial runs (i.e. I tried and my taste buds ran away in terror), were brutal. I almost decided to marry the microwave and accept my fate. Until I finally formed the perfect base recipe. I've been addicted ever since!

But thickens a few hours (or one night) later!

Personally, I love super thick overnight quinoa flakes, so I follow a 1:1 ratio of quinoa flakes to liquid. If you like a thinner mixture, just add more liquid or less chia seeds. 

All of my bowls use the same base ingredients:

1/3 cup of quinoa 
1/3 cup of water or milk (milk makes it creamier) 
1/2 to 3/4 a smashed ripe banana 
1 tbsp of chia seeds (they soak up the moisture overnight and make the mix fluffy and thick)
Sprinkle of cinnamon 
Drizzle of honey

My six main ingredients

After you combine these first six ingredients, then comes the fun part: choosing what flavor to make your bowl! So far, I have two favorites so far: apple pie, and peanut butter and jelly!

For apple pie, use the base recipe and add extra cinnamon, a few drops of vanilla, 1 tbsp of applesauce, and a chopped up apple. If you're really digging the theme (and lucky in the kitchen), you could even add a slice of homemade apple pie on top! (Yep, I did that two days in a row for breakfast - no shame!)

Go big or go home!
For peanut butter and jelly, add a few drops of vanilla, lots of blueberries (fresh or frozen work!) and nut butter in the mix and on top. If you're feeling adventurous, acai powder gives a nutritional kick (and turns your quinoa flakes a slight blue)!

You know it's thick when the spoon stands straight...

Really, though, the flavor options are endless! Feel free to experiment with adding different fruits (strawberries and blackberries sounds amazing - when I can eat seeds after my wisdom teeth), spices (apple and ginger, perhaps?), yogurt for extra creaminess, protein powder, cacao powder, or granola. You can even eat it straight out of a nearly-empty nut butter jar! One less dish to clean, am I right? 

In an almond butter jar…the best!
Finding a fast, satisfying and lip-smackin' good summer breakfast isn't easy, but my taste buds (and zombie morning self) are in heaven with overnight quinoa flakes! Enjoy and keep your eye out for more flavor combos to be posted as they are perfected! 



Have you tried overnight oats/quinoa flakes? What is your favorite recipe? Comment below! 


8 comments:

  1. apple pie overnight oats will be on my menu for the week! YUMMY!

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  2. Casey, this looks absolutely delicious! I've never tried quinoa flakes before, but your pictures of how they thicken so beautifully has me wanting to try them out. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S: Your bowl is adorable. Love it!

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    1. Yep, I never would've discovered quinoa flakes if my tummy hadn't dissed gluten free oats! And I love a thick bowl for breakfast! Good luck and hope you love them as much as I do.

      Thanks about the bowl - my parents found it at an estate sale and I totally fell in love :)

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  3. They were delicious! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them! I am soooo addicted! ;)

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