Hot Cocoa Quinoa Cereal

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Hot Cocoa Quinoa Cereal

Brrr…it is getting cold outside and cold weather reminds me of soups and hot cocoa. My daughter has my taste for fine chocolate and getting her to eat something different for breakfast besides waffles and smoothies is a challenge. When I created Hot Cocoa Cereal, we had a sure fire winner. Quinoa flakes is an excellent substitute for oats and makes a great first foods for babies and a healthy alternative to rice cereal. We have made this a few different ways, but here is the basic recipe:

Hot Cocoa Quinoa Cereal:

This is a nice way to start off any school day!

1 cup of milk (we used hemp and almond milk at different times)
1 1/2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 tsp of vanilla powder (use equal parts vanilla extract)
2 Tablespoons of beet sugar, maple sugar or maple syrup (we are refined sugar free)
1/3 c of quinoa flakes

I followed the directions according to the package in terms of liquid and quinoa flakes, however, if you want it less pudding like, add another 1/4 cup of liquids.

Bring milk, chocolate and maple sugar to a boil. Add quinoa flakes. Stir until thickened. Cool and serve!

Total Time from cooking to bowl, 10-minutes. This just makes enough for my daughter, if you want some you will have to make double!

Yes it is really THAT easy!

Here are some other fun variations to add and have tried!

Mexican Hot Cocoa Cereal: Add 1 tsp of cinnamon
PB and Hot Chocolate Cereal: Add 1 T of Sunbutter or Peanut Butter. We used Sunbutter.
Hot Chocolate Covered Almond Cereal: Add 1 tsp of almond extract and used almond milk.
Mocha Almond Quinoa Cereal: I added 1/4 cup of organic coffee in the Hot Chocolate Covered Almond Cereal

Those marshmallows are gluten and corn free, of course!

And yes, we have cheated and just went straight for the hot cocoa mix. Our favorite non-dairy kind is Ghiradelli Double Chocolate, but we use this when we are in a bind as we try hard to avoid refined white sugars in our home. Read why Consumer Groups Are Slamming Breakfast Cereals

  1. Sounds so yummy! I’m just now discovering quinoa. Going to have to figure out how to find quinoa flakes!

  2. Fun recipe. Though I have made breakfast porridge out of quinoa and millet, I have never seen quinoa flakes. I will have to keep an eye out for those. Do you buy them boxed or bulk?

    1. You can quinoa flakes in bulk or packaged at Whole Foods or on Amazon.

    2. You can buy in bulk or packaged. I have done both at Whole Foods or on Amazon

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  4. I’m a bit confused do you add prepared quinoa flakes to the milk mixture or do you add dry quinoa flakes?

    1. you boil the milk first then add the dry quinoa flakes. I will also add either vanilla or almond extract to the milk to enhance the flavor

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