Apple Cranberry Quinoa Recipe


A Healthy Breakfast that Travels Well!

A whole-grain breakfast is a great start the day because it’s a real energy source – even if it’s technically a seed! Cereals, pancakes, toast – foods made from whole grains are still refined carbohydrates to our bodies and not processed the same way. I still eat them on occasion, but I try to make whole grains a larger carbohydrate source.

My husband is no fan of of oatmeal and other hot cereals. So, I created but a quinoa breakfast he would like. It turned out super yummy. Plus, quinoa is a complete protein and has a good amount of fiber. Top with fresh fruit and nuts and you’ve really upped the fiber, vitamin and mineral count – not to mention the awesome taste!

Apple Cranberry Quinoa
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Apple cranberry juice (100% juice)
  • 1 cup Water
  • ⅓ cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 4 cups Mixed berries
Start on the Quinoa
  1. Rinse and drain the quinoa.
  2. Bring the fruit juice and water to a boil. As soon as the liquid boils at a slight pinch of salt to it.
  3. Add your quinoa to the liquid, stir it, and cover it.
  4. As soon as it comes back up to a boil, reduce the heat to keep it at a simmer (medium low heat to medium). Once it's cooked there will be no more water at the bottom of the pan, about 16-18 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes. Then fluff it (which means gently stir it.)
Prep the Rest
  1. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your nuts and prep your fruit.
  2. This amount of quinoa makes about four servings, so if you're cutting strawberries or setting aside blueberries and blackberries, you can prep four cups.
  3. For the fiber and other nutritive qualities, I eat 1 cup of berries with my cup of grain for breakfast.
Put it all together!
  1. If you're prepping food for the week like I do, you can put all of the quinoa and nuts together in one large container and take it out a cup at a time OR
  2. Package it in smaller containers with about 1 cup of quinoa and a little more than a tablespoon of ground nuts in each.
  3. I add the fruit the day I am eating it - up to you, do it how it works for you.
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Learn how to cook this Apple Cranberry Quinoa with me! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. If you have questions, just leave them in the Comments below. Happy breakfast!

2 Responses to "Apple Cranberry Quinoa Recipe"
  1. Hi Angela, you are completely blowing me away! I recently (in the last 6 weeks) have been trying to eat nutritionaly healthier. Your website is where I want to be. By the way, you look fabulous! Love, RoseAnn Gerardi

    • Mrs. Gerardi!
      So good to hear from you. I’m thrilled you are trying to eat healthier. I hope my site and emails can help with that! Lots of love, Angela

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