Lately I’ve been on a protein waffle kick. After working out, it’s good for your muscles to get some extra protein to help them repair and regenerate. While a lot of people opt for a smoothie or just mix their protein powder with almond milk, I always look for a more substantial option. I do a fasted cardio session right after waking up, so these vegan protein waffles are the perfect way to start the morning.
These waffles are not only vegan, but are also soy-free and gluten-free!
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Quinoa is a regarded as the current “it” supergrain. It’s full of protein, contains 9 essential amino acids, and is a great source for iron, B2, magnesium, and manganese. Quinoa also contains almost twice as much fiber as other grains. Many of us are already familiar with it as a substitute for rice with stir fries, in burritos, and in bowls. But breakfast quinoa is still a relatively new venture for quinoa.
I created this recipe when I wanted a break from oatmeal. I know that steel cut oats are good for me, but I get bored with the taste so quickly! Wanting to get an extra protein boost one morning I decided to sub quinoa in place of oatmeal and came up with this delicious vegan breakfast quinoa recipe. This recipe is great because you can make it in the morning or start the first half the night before.
What you will need to make Breakfast Quinoa:
- 1/2 cup quinoa (I prefer tricolor, but use any kind you have available to you)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or agave
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or allspice
- 1 cup vanilla coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon dried goji berries
- 1 tablespoon dried mulberries
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
How to make Breakfast Quinoa:
- Combine the quinoa, maple sryrup or agave, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or allspice and 1/2 cup of the coconut milk. Mix well. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, and up to overnight. This lets the quinoa to start the sprouting process and soften up, but it also allows for it to absorb the flavors.
- In a small saucepan, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- Once boiling, stir in the dried goji berries, dried mulberries, and blueberries. You can use any combination of fruit that you like. This is just my preference. Bananas or apple would be great in this as well.
- Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for about 20-25 minutes. At this point the coconut milk should be mostly absorbed into the quinoa. Add more coconut milk if you want more liquid, and cook longer if you want the quinoa to be dryer.
- Top with shredded coconut and some additional blueberries before serving.
Do you make breakfast quinoa? What are your favorite add-ins?
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Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. It helps you start the day right, but also gives you a few minutes each day to have some time to yourself. I like to enjoy mine while reading one of my favorite blogs or reading a book. Frequently, I’ve completed my morning workout and am in the rush of heading to the office for the day. So having something that is well balanced, nourishing, and also feels somewhat decadent is perfect.
Four of my favorite breakfasts (which are all Tone It Up approved!) are:
- Coffee with avocado and oatmeal. The avocado is sprinkled with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne and cut into cubes. The oatmeal is cooked with berries and protein powder. Then topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, and mulberries.
- Coffee, detox tea, and fruit with peanut butter. I’m loving EveryDay Dandelion Detox tea lately. For the fruit, I usually have one apple and one banana, sliced, with 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
- Coffee, bombshell spell, avocado toast and fruit. You can find a recipe for a vegan Bombshell Spell inspired juice here. I like my avocado toast with pink Himalayan sea salt, cayenne, and nutritional yeast. The fruit varies from time to time, but I love the combination of fresh coconut meat and melon.
- Coffee, detox tea, bombshell spell, and oatmeal. I like my oats with chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin pie spice, raw cocao nibs, goji berries, and mulberries.
This is just a look into an average breakfast. When I have the time, I often make pancakes with mixed berry syrup, pumpkin pie pancakes, or tofu scramble. On the weekends, I love to add in a smoothie of some sort as well.
What fuel do you use to start your day?