Move over, baklava! Sugar-kissed nuts and cinnamon have found a new home.
In this Mediterranean-inspired quinoa recipe, I let dried fruit and cinnamon contribute all of the sweet taste — no added sugars needed. Dried figs are startlingly sugary, and when joined with Turkish apricots, raw walnuts, and cinnamon, this breakfast cereal is given a decidedly Mediterranean flair. Oatmeal is usually my go-to breakfast grain, but warm summer mornings call for cold cereal, and this quinoa fits the bill.
^^Dried fruit (apricots left, figs right) and nuts make this recipe easy to enjoy year-round
^^New to quinoa? You can tell that it’s done cooking when a little white tail separates from the grain
Mediterranean Breakfast Quinoa with Walnuts, Figs and Apricots
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained (any color – I used red)
- 3 cups water
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 4 extra large dried figs (or 8 smaller dried figs)
- 8 dried apricot halves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups milk (I used organic skim milk)
- Bring water and quinoa to a boil. Then, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 15 minutes. (The outside coat of the grain will separate into a curly tail when done cooking.)
- While the quinoa is simmering, chop the figs, apricots, and walnuts into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Add the chopped fruit and nuts and cinnamon to a large bowl.
- When the quinoa is done cooking, add to the bowl and toss with the fruit and nut mixture until combined.
- How to serve: Divide the quinoa mixture among 4 mason jars, and add ½ milk to each jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (This allows the fruit to soften a bit, and also allows the flavors to mingle more freely.) Alternatively, you can also keep the quinoa mixture in a covered container in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready to eat, simply scoop about 1 cup quinoa mixture into a bowl, top with ½ cup milk, and eat like regular cold cereal.
Nutrition per serving (including milk): 290 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 47g carbohydrates (5g fiber, 16g sugar*), 12g protein, 60mg sodium, 10% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 21% Calcium, 15% Iron
*All sugars are naturally occurring – none are added sugars