Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast: Overnight Oats & Quinoa

If you read blogs at all, you've probably heard of overnight oats - they seem to pop up everywhere these days.  I recently changed my workout schedule to first thing in the morning and I needed a quick and easy breakfast, so I decided to finally give them a shot myself.  The first morning I was eating them, though, Hubs made a very good point - he asked, "where's the protein?"  Protein is a really important part of a filling breakfast, plus it's essential for workout recovery.

Enter quinoa!  It has a very high protein content, and I've seen lots of quinoa breakfast recipes.  So I decided to see how it turned out if I used a combination of gluten-free rolled oats and quinoa in my overnight breakfast concoction. 

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I just eyeball what I put in there, so the ingredient amounts are an estimate - but I think it would be pretty hard to mess this one up.  The night before, I just spoon some raw rolled gluten-free oats and cooked quinoa into a big lidded mug, then add some flax, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Then I pop on the lid, put it in the fridge, and the next morning it's transformed!

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I find that I don't like them super cold, so I usually microwave them for 30 seconds to a minute after pulling them out of the fridge to take the chill off.  Then I add mix-ins to give it some interest - my current combination of choice is fresh blueberries, unsweetened coconut flakes and sliced almonds.

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It's tasty, high in protein, and filling - and only takes a couple minutes of prep.  Definitely my new healthy breakfast of choice for weekday mornings!

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Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free raw rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup (use less or skip if using sweetened milk alternative)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax 
  • Optional mix-ins for added texture/flavor: fresh berries, coconut flakes, nuts

Directions

The night before, stir together everything except the mix-ins.  Tightly cover and store in fridge.  The next morning, uncover and microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute if desired, and add the mix-ins and stir it all together.

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