Apple Quinoa Morning Start

AppleMorningStart2Pregnancy does weird things to you.

You moms out there know what I mean.

All of a sudden what you usually eat and what you crave become can become two entirely different things.

Apparently in my case it makes me more normal.

Five months ago, you wouldn’t have caught me eating oatmeal or any type of sweet breakfast food for breakfast. If I made a sweet breakfast dish for the website or for a book it was typically in the afternoon and then eaten over the course of a couple of days as a snack.

I just don’t normally DO breakfast foods.

Before you start telling me about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I don’t mean that I didn’t EAT in the morning.  A typical breakfast for me is something like a salad loaded with vegetables and a garlic-heavy balsamic vinegar dressing.

Hardly normal, right?

This little princess has changed everything and now salad is the last thing on my mind when I wake up. Nope, I want a nice warm bowl of oatmeal or quinoa, a bagel or a bowl of granola.

In other words, I’m normal.  Temporarily I’m sure.

I started adding organic blackstrap molasses to my oatmeal at the suggestion of my midwife. It helps with iron stores, which is something I’ve had a lot of trouble with. People typically either really like molasses or don’t, and I always thought that I was part of the don’t group.  Fortunately, I’ve found that (at least for now) I actually really like the taste that it gives my quinoa or oatmeal.  If you don’t care for it or don’t happen to have it on hand, feel free to leave it off!

Apple Quinoa Morning Start

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 - 2 servings

Calories per serving: 211

Fat per serving: 6.7g

Apple Quinoa Morning Start


  • ¼ cup oatmeal (regular or gluten free)
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • ½ tablespoon organic blackstrap molasses (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 apple, diced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon walnuts


  1. In a medium saucepan combine oatmeal, quinoa, milk, molasses, salt and ground cinnamon. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is mostly absorbed and desired consistency is achieved, stirring in diced apple in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and stir in flax seeds. Transfer to serving bowl(s) and top with maple syrup and walnuts.


Servings 2, Calories 211, Fat 6.7g, Carbohydrates 33.5g, Protein 5.7g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 386mg, Fiber 5.4g, Sugars 13.6g

  • Ricki

    Sounds delicious, Wendy! Breakfast is my favorite meal–sweet OR savory (I had hummus wrapped in raw collard leaves this morning, for instance!). And I adore blackstrap molasses–actually miss eating it these days. I'd say the "little princess" has great taste already! 😉

  • Glenna

    Looks delicious. I think that I will try this morning. Also, you have a typo in your title : )

  • Alecia

    I made this recipe today. YUM! This will be a definite repeat. The only changes I made (due to ingredients on hand) was to use sliced almonds instead of walnuts and add some wheat germ instead of flax seed. This is very satisfying (love the crunch)!
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  • susan g

    mmmm, blackstrap! good for calcium too, and as a bedtime drink stirred with a cup of boiling water.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Susan – I've never tried it with just water.  Is it supposed to help with sleep?  Either way I'm going to give it a try.

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  • JoAnn

    I have to say I am loving your site and learning about quiona is exciting! Thanks for the helpful recipes. I have to tell you however, the pop-up for your free recipes is quite annoying as I am reading and then being interrupted. Something like this will keep me away and look for another site offering similar recipes. Just saying!
    Please know this is not meant to be a negative comment…….it is simply constructive criticism 😉 As I already signed up for the free offer!!

    • Wendy Polisi

      All you have to do is click "no-thanks" and it shouldn't show up again. :)

  • Reid

    Hi Wendy, I love oatmeal in the morning and will try this recipe. One thing is the Quinoa already cooked?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yes – the quinoa is already cooked!