Hot Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cereal

September 28, 2012 · 12 comments

Do you eat veggies at breakfast? At my Junior League meeting on Monday, we were challenged to think of a breakfast for kids that included good carbs, fruit and veggies. While I don’t think it’s necessary to have fruit and veggies at breakfast, it was an interesting exercise. Between oatmeal, greek yogurt and protein pancakes, I rarely stray from my favorites. When I go out to brunch, I always get veggie egg white omelets but during the week, my morning meal lacks veggie vitamins.

I put my thinking cap on and came up with what may be an addicting new breakfast to add to my rotation.

Hot Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cereal (Serves 1, Prep Time: 15 minutes)

Quinoa Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is probably my favorite cake variety. It’s hard to go wrong with cream cheese, plump raisins, cinnamon and shredded veggies. This recipe only has one serving of veggies but it accomplished the goal of the Junior league by incorporating fruit, veggies and good for you grains in one meal!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Cooked Quinoa (cook ahead of time according to directions, you only need 1/2 cup COOKED, should be about 1/4 cup of uncooked)
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Raisins
  • 1/4 cup of Shredded Carrots (I shredded mini carrots mine in a food processor)
  • 1 packet of NuNaturals Stevia (You can use 1 tablespoon of sugar or other sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread  Classic Cream 1/3 Less Fat 
  • optional sprinkle of walnuts or slivered almonds
Prepare quinoa according to directions. I like to make a big batch on Sunday to use throughout the week. If you do this, use 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa otherwise, rinse and bring to a boil 1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa with 1/2 cup of water. Simmer for 12 minutes or until water is evaporated. In a separate small pot, combine almond milk, raisins and shredded carrots.

Shredded Carrots

Heat for about 5 minutes or until the raisins are plump. Add in the cooked quinoa, Laughing Cow wedge, cinnamon and stevia (or sugar of choice).

Laughing Cow Cream Cheese

Stir until The Laughing Cow Cream Cheese Spread is dissolved and no longer clumpy. Top with your favorite chopped nut if you like. I used slivered almonds for a little crunch but walnuts or pecans probably would have tasted better, I just didn’t have them on hand. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

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I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this so much but it really is a keeper for me. Using quinoa you also get a good serving of protein. It’s a great alternative to regular oatmeal. You can make this recipe using quick cook oatmeal of course. The cream cheese is what really makes this recipe stand out in my opinion. The raisins and the creaminess mimics all the things that I love about real Carrot Cake!

Hot Quinoa Carrot Cake Cereal

Nutrition info coming soon…

Are you a veggie person in the morning or are you like me? 

Disclaimer: I am a community leader for The Laughing Cow. I’ve been eating their products literally since I was in 4th grader, when my mother would put one of those red mini Babybels in my brown bag lunch, so when I was asked to join the team, it was an obvious YES. Read more about my TLC role here. 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Iris September 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

That looks so good – definitely something I’d like for breakfast! Lately I’ve been feeling the savory breakfasts though, so I actually had kale in mine today. :)

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2 Brittany @ Barr & Table September 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Looks so good! I bet the cinnamon Laughing Cow cream cheese would also be really good in there too :)

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3 Taylor @ Lifting Revolution September 28, 2012 at 10:01 pm

That sounds very yum! I’ve done something similar with oats before. LOVE anything carrot cake like. I go more your route in the morning, normally oatmeal or pancake with PB mixed in.

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4 Jaime September 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

This looks and sounds amazing! Carrot Cake is my absolute favorite so having it for breakfast sounds like it’s right up my alley :-)

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5 Cswinney36 September 29, 2012 at 1:03 am

I have 2 veggie breakfasts that I use during the week of late: egg white and veggie muffins courtesy of Lethal Leslie’s blog and baked pumpkin oatmeal (not exactly sure where I got that one, maybe from here). Other that that it is cottage cheese or yogurt.

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6 Lindsay September 30, 2012 at 11:35 pm

hey i have a question! What is better to eat for breakfast.. oatmeal with berries, yogurt with berries, or egg whites? Is cereal ever okay too? my mom buys kashi go lean crunch, but ive heard it has a lot of sugar? Also, random question, but how do you shrink your stomach? is it just eating less? thanks so much!!

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7 monoar October 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

how many eggs can u have in aday , as i eat 1egg every day , boiled or or an omellete.i am 71kg in weight and 5’1 in height and r wraps healthy cause i have them in lunch everyday and 100calories.

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8 Marie Ève October 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

I have just try it! Very tasty, but what can I eat with to complete my breakfast? There’s missing few proteins, isn’t it?

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9 gitju January 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

quinoa is 14% protein and is a complete protein (the only ‘grain’ that is), is very high in fiber, as well as good source of calcium.

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10 gitju January 7, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I cook quinoa in apple juice when doing ‘sweet’ things like this, gives it a real flavor boost.
(and then I cook it in chicken broth when doing ‘savory’ recipes).

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11 Marie Eve January 29, 2013 at 6:58 am

Apple juice? Good idea .. will try it next time, thanks!!

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12 Tracy January 27, 2013 at 7:29 pm

This is actually one of my favorite quinoa recipes that I have. I just made this for tomorrow morning. Hopefully it reheats good. Thanks!!!

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