Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

by Erin

Why stick to just oats when you can have this hot oat & quinoa cereal? Topped with maple syrup, and toasted pepitas and pecans for the perfect start to your day.

Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

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While the weather may be yo-yo-ing between highs in the 80s and lows only in the 60s, that doesn’t stop me from craving a warm breakfast. Especially when it has golden raisins and dried cranberries mixed in. The other great thing about this oatmeal/cereal is that you can prepare it the night before and then reheat it in the morning, just refresh it with a little milk and some great toppings like real maple syrup, pecans, and pepitas.

This hot breakfast cereal even has some quinoa in it instead of just being all oats so it’s packed with extra protein, which I am all about. And by the way even if you are not a quinoa fan, it blends right in. Which got me to thinking, maybe I should try adding quinoa to granola bars? Oh yea, quinoa granola bars work too ;-).

Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal Ingredients

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Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa*
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water


  • Milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Toasted pepitas
  • Toasted pecans or walnuts


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring steel-cut oats, quinoa, dried fruits, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, milk, and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until grains are tender, 20-25 minutes.
  2. Serve with milk, maple syrup, pepitas, and walnuts.


*Not necessary if pre-rinsed.

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Source: Adapted slightly from Bon Appetit February 2013.

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Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

Post updated 9/22/21, photo above is the original.

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Kevin @ Closet Cooking April 17, 2013 - 10:10 am

I have had them both separately but I like the sound of using them together!

Tracey April 17, 2013 - 6:46 am

I’ve had oats for breakfast and breakfast quinoa, but never combined the two. Going on my to-do list! And I’m so jealous of your weather. I am happy when we get a day with highs in the 60’s right now!

Mr. & Mrs. P April 16, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Looks delicious!!! Need to try this ..

We are already in full summer mode.. It was 92 on Sunday!! We went to the beach again and even got a little sun burn =(

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 16, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Mmm this sounds sooo lovely!!


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