Are you tired of oatmeal? Feel like you need some more protein to start your morning? Need an energy boost? Want a simple meal that takes almost no time to prepare? Then this Breakfast Pudding is for you. This is a quick breakfast option that I like to make. Each cup of cooked quinoa has at least 8 grams of protein. Chia seeds help the body assimilate and use calcium. The nutrients in chia seeds support proper brain function. Chia seeds help you stay hydrated longer and aid your body fluids in retaining electrolytes longer. They also increases your energy. That is just a bit about the amazingness of chai seeds. When you combine quinoa and chai together they make a power house of a breakfast to start your day.
1/2 cup quinoa
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 cups warm water
4 cups water
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
1 cup of whole fat coconut milk
2 TBS vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup to raw honey
1 cup fruit
Cover quinoa with the warm water and apple cider vinegar. Let soak for 12 hours, or up to 24 hours. Your quinoa will have started to sprout.
The night before strain and rinse the quinoa for 5 minutes to reduce the bitterness. Put the quinoa in a crock pot. Add the chia seeds and 4 cups of water. Cook on high for 1 hour. Then reduce the heat to low. Allow to cook over night.
The next morning when you are ready to eat turn off the crock pot. Stir in the vanilla extract and maple syrup/raw honey. Serve into bowls toped with coconut milk and fruit. I used cherries that I canned this summer. Any type of fruit – fresh, frozen or canned – will work.