Walnut Raisin Quinoa

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How many of you love oatmeal?  I count myself among you.  However, I am also the person that gets tired of the “same ol’ thing” after just a few repetitions.  Yes, there are tons of oatmeal recipes and ways to dress it up, but…’s still oatmeal.  And I still get tired of it after awhile.  Enter this tasty quinoa recipe:

I know what you’re thinking.  Quinoa?  For breakfast?  (I *may* have turned my own nose up at the thought…..but that was BEFORE giving it a fair shake)  Trust me, though, this is fantastic.  It’s filling and sweet, and it has a nice little crunch to boot.  You want the recipe, right?

You DO want the recipe, right?

Fine, fine, you twisted my arm.  Here it is:

Walnut Raisin Quinoa (adapted from
makes 4 servings

1 C. quinoa
2 C. water
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ C. agave nectar (up to 1/3 cup if desired)
¼ C. Raisins
¼ C. Walnuts


  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly in cool water.  I typically rinse it at least three times. 
  2. Add quinoa, water, cinnamon, agave, and raisins to a heavy pot with a lid. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium and cover the pot.
  3. Simmer for about 15 minutes. The quinoa is done when it turns from white to transparent and all the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Top with walnuts and serve.
I like to make a big batch and portion it out for the week.  If you choose to do that, simply leave the walnuts off until ready to eat.  You want those babies to still be crunchy. 

That’s it.  Easy, right?  And yummy.  Oh, and did I mention that quinoa contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs, is a great source of fiber, and is gluten free?  Give it a try.

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  1. This looks so good! I'm new to the 21 day fit fix - do you have any idea what the colour portions are for this?!

    1. Hi, Kendra! So, approximately, the portions for one serving are 1 yellow and 1/4 of a blue.

      Congrats on the Fix!! You WON'T be disappointed!



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