This cereal is inspired by my pal and photographer Marta Sasinowska. She texted me this afternoon telling me all about this amazing cereal she came up with using chai tea spice (the girl is crazy for it), quinoa and fresh, sliced apple—but “oops”—she didn’t take any photos and didn’t write down the recipe. She assured me that is was “super delish though!” [friendly eye roll] After some kind encouragement to document next time, I decided I’d make a version myself to share because it did sound quite tasty.
This Almond Chai Quinoa & Chia Breakfast Cereal is a gluten-free, dairy-free, warm and naturally sweetened way to start off the day—full of protein-rich quinoa and omega-3, fiber-rich and hydrating chia. It has an earthy, warming flavor that is especially comforting on a rainy morning. You can make your own chai spices with our Rooibos Chai Spice recipe, too…
Makes: 3-4 servings
Medium glass bowl
Coffee grinder (optional)
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1 cup dry quinoa
2 chai tea bags or 1/4 cup of Homemade Chai Rooibos Spices
1 1/2 cup pure water
2 tbsp chia seed
1 tbsp almond butter
8 medjool dates
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp fine ground sea salt
1/4 cup chopped almonds, toasted for extra flavor
1/2-1 red apple, diced (optional)
Let’s get started.
Soak quinoa overnight and cook according to instructions in this post. You can always prepare a day or two in advance, just store cooked quinoa in an airtight glass container in the fridge until you need it.
Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in small saucepan.
For extra chai-ness, grind contents of one tea bag in a coffee grinder until it becomes a fine powder and set aside.
Steep one tea bag in boiling water for 7-10 minutes. If no coffee grinder, steep the two tea bags in one cup boiling water for 7-10 minutes.
In blender, mix ground chia spice, steeped tea, salt, dates and almond butter. Add to cooked quinoa.
Add coconut oil and chia, too, and stir well over low heat until warm and then remove. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so chia thickens.
Top with almonds and apple and enjoy!
Store in fridge in an airtight glass container and reheat on the stovetop. It’s also pretty yum cold.