Sunday brunch this weekend consisted of great girlfriends, a little bubbly, lots of laughs and a POTLUCK!  My contribution was one of my favorite replacements for the popular cinnamon oatmeal dish... quinoa oatmeal.  It's delicious and nutritious! (sorry, had to :)

This is very simple to make and it's a very quick premade meal to whip up in the morning if you're running late:

  • 2 cups water, boiled
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup raisins (substitute dried cranberries if desired)
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Reduce to medium and add quinoa.  Stir occasionally until the quinoa is fully cooked and water is absorbed.  From here, place quinoa in an oven safe dish and add almond milk, dates, raisins cinnamon and flaxseed.  Place in oven on medium rack and cook for around 30 minutes or until warm and slightly browned.  Mix well every 5-8 minutes.  Once fully cooked and desired consistency, add walnuts.  Stir and enjoy!

Serves 6.  Stores well in the refrigerator and easily heats up in the microwave or oven for the next 5-7 days.  Yum!