A Gluten-Free Breakfast

Once upon a time I mixed up a great batch of super healthy breakfast muesli. It was healthy and filling and easy. Since then I have been advised to consider eating a gluten free diet. My muesli recipe is based on glutenous flakes- rye, spelt, kamut. So I have been in search of an adequate gluten free breakfast. And Eureka! I have found it!

I will share it with you so that you too can go forward with a healthy and filling breakfast alternative. For those of you not worried about gluten in your diets, this is still worth a try. Diversifying the grains in your diet can only lead to good things.

Let’s get started- I chose amaranth and quinoa. You can also try millet.  I toast the amaranth in a hot skillet until it starts to pop. It’s faster to add a little water to help it along. Stay close and keep shaking the pan.  At the same time you can cook the quinoa, it doesn’t need much babysitting. Rinse and boil 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water. Millet needs to cook like quinoa and rice.

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It is helpful to do this cooking part the night before, I am too hungry and cranky in the morning to contemplate all this chefery. These preparations will give you a lot of breakfasts. Just a little bit of effert and you will have a healthy breakfast for the week. Less if you are sharing.

Here’s the finished product. Toasted and popped amaranth at the beach. It is more white than not. Cooked quinoa, let it boil until all the water is absorbed, like you would rice and then let it sit with the lid on for a bit.

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Both of these can be stored in the fridge, for at least a week.Now we are ready for the assembly. I use yoghurt, plain, with about 3% fat. I like the thick Balcan style. Use whatever you like. I sweeten myself with pure maple syrup, honey or maple sugar.  Then I add the mighty shelled hemp hearts.Hemp is super healthy. Lots of protein and oils and full of good stuff. So I add some, about 2 tbsp.

gluten free breakfast

Then I sprinkle on the toasted amaranth, spoon on some quinoa.  I usually add nuts but I was roughing it at the beach and didn’t have any for this photo shoot. Ken adds oats to this mix, raw. If you eat oats throw ‘em in too. Ground flaxseed is a good addition too.

gluten free breakfast

And then the finishing touch, fruit. Whatever you like and whatever you have on hand. Raisins or dried cranberries would do in a pinch. Grated apple is a good winter time staple, when berries aren’t as available.

This is a pretty versatile breakfast you can add in whatever you like. Or take something out. The more healthy elements you can get in in one meal, the better off you will be during the day. My kids eat this later in day as a snack. It would be perfect for after school.

Tell me what you think. Are you eating something similar for breakfast? Have I tempted you to give it a try?

Comments

  1. I have not tried quinoa for breakfast but I hear it is really good! I definitely want to try it.

    • It is a bit bland tasting by itself and that’s what it’s great as a breakfast. Doesn’t overwhelm but adds a big nutrient punch.

  2. Jessica Anne says:

    Yum! I’ll have to give that a try. Another great recipe. Thanks!

  3. i have not tried quinoa at all yet. but i do have yogurt most mornings.

    • It’s a great addition to yoghurt b/c it’s pretty bland. I am thinking I will add cinnamon next time I cook it. Maybe vanilla too.

  4. we love quinoa, but treat it as side dish, instead of rice. Its fun to watch Nathan eat it! I really want to try with the toasted amaranth and yogurt for breakfast, never would have thought of that, mmmm. Thanks again :)

    • Let me know what you think of the amaranth. It really needs to water to get popping.
      My kids won’t eat quinoa. Well, Laila will if she doesn’t heat Clarabel complain about it.

  5. We are totally on board with this healthy breakfast fare… thanks to you ..Corinne

  6. Kristin @ Ellie-Town says:

    That looks delicous and I usually do not eat anything like that!

    • Give it a try! Let me know what you think if you do. Quinoa would be good to try with your kids, even Maddie. They might really like it and it’s got a lot more protein than other grains.

  7. Yummy, yum, yum.

  8. I’ve never eaten quinoa for breakfast, but I think I should because I love it. I’ve been making lots more granola and I can’t stop eating it (with fruit and yogurt). For breakfast and for snacks. Do you get the hemp from the bulk section at the store? I drink hemp milk, but I don’t know if it has the same nutritional benefits.

    • I get the hemp hearts from the bulk store or the natural section of my grocery store. They are in the fridge at the grocery store.
      Your granola is pretty healthy too.

  9. BigMamaCass says:

    Wow you a like the queen of yummy health food! Looks awesome!!

  10. OK…I need to try this quinoa stuff. I keep seeing it everywhere and it looks super yummy…kind of like couscous or something. You’ve convinced me. The sugar and berries look so fantastic. nom nom nom…I will buy some quinoa next time I’m at the store. :)

  11. I thought quinoa was more popular but I am seeing not. Perhaps a post about it tomorrow?

  12. I eat a lot of quinoa, but never tried it for breakfast. I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast because it’s filling and I like it. I might be swayed to mix it up. I’ve never tried amaranth before. I’ll put it on my shopping list (not at the discount store!)

    • My feeling is that quinoa is not as fililng as oatmeal but I don’t eat oatmeal. You could try adding it to your porridge. How do you feel about that?

  13. I don’t have quoina on hand but I do have amaranth. I think I’ll give it a try this morning. We have hot meals every morning and I have a hard time thinking of new ideas. I’m getting away from waffles and pancakes.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Elisabeth

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