Crunchy Quinoa Breakfast Cereal is so much better for you than store bought packaged cereal. It’s gluten free, refined sugar free, and a complete protein! Start your day off right! Bonus: it’s a great way to use up leftover quinoa!
I love cold cereal for breakfast (or snacks), but I don’t love all the junk that they’re usually made from. Even the “healthy” ones generally have more sugar than needed and sometimes contain oil. This Crunchy Quinoa Breakfast Cereal is super easy to make. And if you have leftover cooked quinoa, it only takes about 20 minutes. You can make a big batch of this and keep it in an air tight container to enjoy all week.
Loaded with Healthy Whole Foods
This quinoa breakfast cereal is also loaded up with the crunch of hemp seeds, almonds and pecans, spiced with flavorful cinnamon, and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and dried apricots. I love the chewy apricots paired with the crunchy nuts and seeds.
I guess you could call this granola, but I usually think of granola containing oats and this crunchy cereal does not, which is great for those sensitive or allergic to oats.
Use Up Leftover Quinoa
I used tricolor quinoa in this crunchy cereal because I love the color, but any variety would work. Leftover quinoa works best since it’s already dried out a bit. You can use fresh quinoa too, but it might take longer to dry out and crisp up. If you try it with fresh quinoa, let me know how it turns out!
Need another idea for using up leftover quinoa? Try my Chocolate Chip Quinoa Snack Cake! It’s a reader favorite!
Top It Off
I love this crunchy quinoa breakfast cereal with fresh berries, for a nice contrast of textures and flavors, and a splash of rice milk. Of course, your favorite fruit (bananas, melons, kiwi, pears, apples, etc.) and non-dairy milk (almond, soy, cashew, etc.) would work too.
It’s the perfect, healthy, protein packed, plant based way to start your day!
Crunchy Quinoa Breakfast Cereal
I hope you love this Quinoa Breakfast Cereal as much as we do. If you give it a try, please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I’m sure to see it! Enjoy!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except the dried apricots.
- Bake in a single layer for 20-25 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet, stirring every 10 minutes.
- When it's finished, add the dried apricots.
- Let cool completely on the baking sheet. It will crisp up more as it cools.
- Enjoy topped with fresh berries and splash of non-dairy milk.
~This will keep for several days in an air-tight container.
~It's also delicious plain as a snack.
~Be sure to always rinse your quinoa well before cooking.