Breakfast Oats or Quinoa with Dried Fruit and Nuts

This is our breakfast probably about 5 days a week. It’s a basic, easy recipe that is highly versatile and adaptable to pretty much whatever you have on hand. We briefly discuss some of the nutritional benefits of quinoa in our last recipe, but oats are also a super healthy breakfast choice! Oats are an excellent source of fiber and carbohydrates, and also contains more protein and fat than most grains. A dry half cup of oats has almost 200% the recommended daily intake of the vitamin manganese! This recipe could even be used with other grains, we just find that quinoa or oats are quick and easy, a must-have with our lifestyle of lots of things to do in the mornings! (We’re up at 5AM daily) Add in some toasted nuts and some dried fruit and you have yourself a tasty breakfast jam packed with nutrients and vitamins keeping you going til lunch!

Oats version

Oats version

A principle of permaculture—stacking functions. Warming the yurt, keeping breakfast warm, boiling water for tea, and toasting nuts (and cats, not pictured) all at once! This is our designated nut pan, the oils have blackened but it doesn’t affect the taste.

A principle of permaculture—stacking functions. Warming the yurt, keeping breakfast warm, boiling water for tea, and toasting nuts (and cats, not pictured) all at once! This is our designated nut pan, the oils have blackened but it doesn’t affect the taste.

Quinoa version

Quinoa version

Serves one to two helpings

Ingredients:

  • One cup of rolled oats OR one cup of quinoa

  • Water to boil in (we never measure, probably a half cup? Use your judgement or instructions!)

  • Any type of dried fruit, we use raisins, cranberries, and mulberries

  • Any type of nuts, we use walnuts and pecans, sometimes almonds or whatever we have on hand

  • Optional: Frozen fruit, we use blueberries or raspberries from the summer

  • Optional: Sweetener, we use local maple or raw honey

  • We’ve even used leftover homemade jam for sweetener

Method:

This is all pretty straightforward, but since this is a recipe, here it goes!

  1. Fill pan with water, if using oats we let it come to a boil, then add oats. If using quinoa, we add the quinoa right away, then cover once boiling

  2. Heat another pan for nuts, chop or break up and add in, oil shouldn’t be necessary, as the nuts have their own oils

  3. Once nuts and oats/quinoa are done, add nuts to oats/quinoa

  4. Add in frozen (optional) and dried fruits as well as sweetener (optional)

  5. Stir to combine, serve and enjoy!

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