Quinoa! I’m sure you’ve heard about it before; but did you know it is a seed? It is also gluten free. It’s actually considered to be a close relative to the spinach family. Crazy, right?
One of my obsessions right now is chocolate quinoa in the morning. My kids love it too; which is super great, because hello nutrients! Quinoa is a complete protein. Complete proteins are REQUIRED for every human being. There are 9 essential amino acids (what protein breaks down into) that our body cannot produce so we MUST get this from our food intake! So it is a protein power house; but let’s not forget, it also has a high amount of fiber, omega 3 (think heart healthy) fatty acids, folate and magnesium—this is a small snapshot of the rocking nutrition quinoa has to offer!
So a little FYI about my recipe here…I LOOOOOVE chocolate. I’m talking raw cacao powder here, not the milk sweet chocolate we all grew up on. This can be bitter to some folks. (You know who you are, lol) It doesn’t taste bitter to me anymore because I eat it 24/7. So if you’re just starting on this raw cacao powder journey, start slowly. Taste. Add more. Taste. Add more. Same goes with the honey or maple syrup. This is how I love it and have made it for friends, so tell me what you think if you make it!
Look at your quinoa package before you make it by the way, mine requires 2 cups liquid, 15 minutes simmer after a boil. That’s what the following recipe is based on. Read your directions! It may be different 🙂 ps. Totally forgot I was making it this morning and all the water boiled away, hahaha. Motherhood…oyyyyy!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups non sweetened vanilla almond milk (or non dairy milk)
3-4 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I do 4)
2-3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup (being honest, totally do 3. I love honey)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Directions to this chocolate goodness:
In a medium sauce pan, let your 2 cups of non dairy milk come to a boil. Add 1 cup quinoa (if yours is the same as mine! Read your label). Add ONLY 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder, the 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and the pinch of sea salt. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
Once done, add the rest of the raw cacao powder and the honey or maple syrup. Best to add small amounts at a time until it’s sweetened to your preference.
If you’re like my husband and I, I add more raw cacao to my bowl and he adds more honey, HA!
Other toppings: granola, fruit, chocolate chips, coconut flakes or perhaps dried fruit! Coconut flakes sound delicious right now. Note: add to grocery list 😂
FYI, I like cooking the quinoa with one tablespoon of the cacao powder because it takes on a rich chocolate taste. If I do not add it, it doesn’t taste as strong as it does when it cooks with the cacao. Quinoa will always take on the flavor of the seasonings or powders you cook it with. So that’s the big secret, cook it with some cacao powder and vanilla milk! I wait to add the rest of the raw cacao powder at the end so I can get the benefits of raw cacao powder without cooking most of those nutrients out 🙂
Cheers to happy, healthy eating & drinking!