Oatmeal Quinoa Hot Cereal

Oatmeal Quinoa Hot Cereal

Hot breakfast cereals are back, and when you find a recipe that can be made days ahead of time and kept in the fridge to be microwaved as needed, it’s a keeper. I first had this oatmeal/quinoa mix at Malibu Farms, and while I’ve changed the proportion of oatmeal to quinoa to get a nice thick morning porridge, the treats you can load on top are what make this your own private breakfast nirvana. Don’t be afraid to mix it up – coconut milk, flax seeds, maple syrup, hazelnuts, loads of fresh fruit – it’s all good. (My personal favorite is all of the above.) This is a whole different experience from the lumpy hot cereal I ate growing up (sorry, Mom!) and more like a hot and healthy breakfast sundae. Enjoy!


Adapted from the Malibu Farms Cookbook

Serves: 8
Prep time: 25 minutes


  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup quinoa, well-washed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • fresh fruit, nuts, flax seeds, shredded coconut, maple syrup and coconut milk for flavor



  1. In a large saucepan combine quinoa, oats and salt.
  2. Add water and simmer for 20 minutes, until the cereal is thick.
  3. Serve with your favorite combination of fruits, nuts, seeds, maple syrup, and coconut milk for flavor.
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  1. Linda Kaufmann

    This recipe looks great. What adjustments would you make in order to use steel cut oats?

    • America's Table

      You can use steel cut oats but they require a little extra cooking. I would melt a teaspoon of butter in a frying pan and cook them at medium heat for about five minutes until they’re golden and toasty. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe as it is. Or you can simply cook the oats first, giving them a ten minute head start before adding the quinoa. That will give you softer oats, but if you are buying steel cut oats you probably like the texture of a crunchier cereal and would prefer the first method. Good luck!

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