Simple Gluten Free Breakfasts with Quinoa Flakes

If you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, there’s a chance you’ve struggled with finding a simple breakfast you enjoy. After all, breakfast aisles are filled with cereal, breakfast bars, donuts and Pop-Tarts. Those items are often full of sugar, and when you switch to their gluten free counterparts, there’s often more sugar, less fiber and less nutrients.

So, what does someone on a gluten free diet grab for a quick and healthy breakfast? One of my favorite items is quinoa flakes. They can be made in the microwave or on the stove top, and they’re a great replacement for oats, which are often cross-contaminated with gluten.

Just one serving of quinoa flakes has 23g of complex carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber and 4.3g of protein. Even better, there are only 2g of sugar in one serving. Those nutritional stats make quinoa flakes a well-rounded base for a healthy breakfast. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Pumpkin Quinoa Flakes


Ingredients
1 serving of quinoa flakes prepared as described on box
1/2 C of pumpkin (make sure you buy pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling, which is high in sugar)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp pepitas or nut of choice 
Directions
Mix all ingredients together while warm except pepitas
Top mixture with pepitas and serve
Tip: If you find that the mixture is too clumpy, use water or almond milk to thin it out to the consistency you prefer.
The pepitas or nuts and coconut oil in this recipe provide healthy fats and additional protein. This meal will keep you full, provide a great dose of nutrients, and help stabilize your blood sugar.
Berries and Cream Quinoa Flakes
Ingredients
1 serving of quinoa flakes prepared as described on box
1/2 C of mixed berries
2 Tbsp coconut cream
Optional: Top with 1 Tbsp of slivered almonds for added protein
Directions
Stir coconut cream into warm quinoa flakes
Stir in 1/4 C of berries
Top flakes with the other 1/4 C of berries and almonds
Tasty Tropical Quinoa Flakes

Ingredients
1 serving of quinoa flakes prepared as described on box
1/2 small banana, sliced
5 macadamia nuts, halved if possible
1 Tbsp shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 Tbsp dried cranberries, optional for added sweetness
Directions
Stir everything into quinoa flakes and enjoy 
Quinoa flakes are a great way start to your day and they’re so versatile that you can do almost anything with them! Breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack- anything is possible. 
Have you ever tried quinoa flakes? 

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