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Recipe Of The Week: Chia Coconut Quinoa

Packed with nutrition and flavor, this quinoa breakfast cereal will get you through a long workout or fuel you for your day.

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Packed with nutrition and flavor, this quinoa breakfast cereal will get you through a long workout. This recipe makes a large batch that can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Simply heat in the microwave and top with fruit and nuts for a satisfying breakfast.

Ingredients

2 cups dried quinoa
4 cups vanilla almond milk
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons grade A or B maple syrup
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoons real vanilla extract
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup dried blueberries
1/3 cup chopped almonds

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Preparation

1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, whisk the quinoa, almond milk, coconut, maple syrup, chia seeds and vanilla extract together.
2. Cover and bring to a low boil.
3. Turn heat down to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the almond milk has been absorbed.
4. Serve with the dried berries and almonds over the top.
Note: Regular milk, coconut milk, or soy milk may also be used.

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Jess Cerra is the owner of Fit Food by Jess, a private chef and catering company in Encinitas, Calif. Jess recently launched Harmony Bar, and all natural gluten-and soy free bar designed to tasted like a soft baked cookie. She is an ex-professional XTERRA triathlete and mountain biker, and current elite amateur road cyclist for the SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI Endurance team. Follow Jess’ recipes on her “Fit Food by Jess” Facebook page, as well as the “Harmony Bar” Facebook page. Also on twitter @fitfoodbyjess and @harmonybars.