This hot cereal is a delicious twist on oatmeal with some added protein and fiber to help satisfy you and keep you full. It's a great start for a good morning! Sometimes I heat up the water and milk real quick and let the quinoa soak while I'm in the shower, that way it can cook while I get ready and only needs a couple more minutes once everything else is added. Top with granola, if desired. Apple slices and/or sauce can be substituted for banana.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir the water, milk, and quinoa together in a saucepan; bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes, or until the quinoa begins to soften. Stir in the banana, rolled oats, oat bran, salt, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently over low heat for 2 to 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the walnuts, brown sugar, and vanilla.

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Nutrition Facts

220 calories; protein 7.3g 15% DV; carbohydrates 37g 12% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterol 1.2mg; sodium 30.9mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
THE best breakfast I've had in a long time. I only made two small changes and that's using one whole sliced banana and 1/4 cup fat free evaporated milk. Everything else I kept the same. Very VERY good. Next time I'll quadruple it (thanks to the handy-dandy serving adjuster) so my whole family can enjoy this. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2017
This was kind of blah. The only flavor other than cardboard I got was in the random pieces of banana I'd find. Obviously this is supposed to very healthy and it is but it definitely tastes that way. Read More
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98 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2011
THE best breakfast I've had in a long time. I only made two small changes and that's using one whole sliced banana and 1/4 cup fat free evaporated milk. Everything else I kept the same. Very VERY good. Next time I'll quadruple it (thanks to the handy-dandy serving adjuster) so my whole family can enjoy this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2011
Delicious and nutricious! This was a great way to start the day. It was not only tasty but very filling. I added a little more cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Overall perfect for breakfast. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2011
This was very good. I would use roasted ground flaxmeal over the oatbran for a more nutty flavor and cook the quinoa a bit longer. Also using a really ripe banana cancels out the need to add any sugar. Topped with extra banana slices and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and this was a really good start to the day. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2011
I made this recipe up while I was living alone during grad-school. You can double it doctor it and pretty much add whatever you want to it. I used quinoa for extra protein to help me get through really long days. I've added flax seed blueberries diced apples dried cranberries peaches etc. to this recipe. Some will find it sweet enough with just the banana but if you're like me and you live molasses brown sugar adds a nice flavor. I think you could make this with pretty much any grain you want - sometimes I toss in a little polenta or grits but it's important to use slow-cooking oats not the quick-cook or instant oats. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2011
SO TASTY!!!! A bit more time-consumming than some other recipes but totally delicious and well worth the time. I don't have oat bran but I've successfully used both wheat germ and ground flaxseed in its place. Also I LOVE cinnamon (and it's actually very healthy) so I added between 1/2 - 1 tsp. Additionally I used raw pumpkin seeds rather than the walnuts as I am vegetarian and the provide extra iron aside from the fact that they add a delicious crunch. Lastly the vanilla is a must - it makes the dish. A great way to start the day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2011
Declicious! I added a tablespoon of ground flax seed 2 tblsp of vanilla yogurt an extra tblsp of brown sugar and a little more milk in the end and that made it creamy and oh so good! Thanks sumitter! Elvira Silva. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2011
Yummy and so healthy with the 3 cereals. I felt it needed more liquid though as it was too thick so I added some while it was cooking. I think granola would be good to add to give it some more sweetness. Servings looked small but it's very filling a little goes a long way. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2011
This was surprisingly good however I had to make a few changes. I did not have the oat bran so I used ground flax seed. This is probably a healthier choice going forward. I did not use the brown sugar I used one whole banana. It was plenty sweet enough for my taste. I found that there wasn't quite enough liquid in the recipe so with such a small serving size the kind of pot you use will make a difference. I used a larger skillet and too much liquid evaporated (so I had to add more a couple of times) plus my quinoa did not get as done as I would have liked. I would have rated it more in the 4.5 range if I had the choice because it is definately worth making but it's not really a 5 star recipe in the grand scheme of things. All in all I will make this again! Next time I will make a quadruple recipe to share. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2011
I've never managed to make oatmeal taste good and although this isn't exactly oatmeal it's the best hot cereal I've ever made. I didn't have quinoa so I used pearl barley instead and had strawberries to get rid of so I used those along with the banana. I added a bit more sugar than called for thinking that it wouldn't be sweet enough that was a mistake! It's a great recipe as written and I'll be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/19/2017
This was kind of blah. The only flavor other than cardboard I got was in the random pieces of banana I'd find. Obviously this is supposed to very healthy and it is but it definitely tastes that way. Read More
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