What Is Called Cereal?
How old were you when you stopped to consider the actual definition of cereal? Five? Five minutes ago (I won’t tell)? This quinoa coconut cereal will do more than make you salivate. It provides answers to some of the age old questions that were never important until we just began discussing details.
If you’re anything like me, we’re sporting a giant face palm to the hand right now. We’re recognizing we have neglected to define the most basic element of our childhoods and beyond. Cereal.
What IS cereal anyways! Does it have to have a tiger on the front of a giant box slapped with a General Mills label to fit the definition?
I mean… Is cold cereal soup? Should we really be calling this treat breakfast soup? I’ve got breakfast covered, but i’ve nowhere yet mastered this newly formed philosophical question. If you’ve got answers PLEASE drop me a line in the comments!
Also taking votes on whether I might coin “breakfast soup” as a new hot catch phrase.
Does Cereal Discriminate Between Grains?
While a box of frosted wheaties might be the first thing that comes to mind when the word “cereal” rings out, cereal is actually defined as anything cultivated for its grain from the grass family.
That’s right. just smile and nod and pretend like your main ideology of cereal didn’t stem from a fictional character sprinting across your television screen, tossing rainbow shaped balls of sugar into the air.
Cereals can also come in any temperature from all sorts of grains!
Some common grains in cereals may include:
I legit feel like my world has been shifted from a tiny vibrantly colored box to recognizing the plants that come from the ground and ultimately create a meal!
Do I Serve this Cereal Hot or Cold?
Personally, I’m a huge connoisseur of hot cereal drizzled with a cool cream. Theres something about the contrast that’s just so savory!
However, it can just as easily be served chilled. I believe breakfast should know no limits.
Tell Me More About Coconut Milk
Coconut milk you will use for cooking (including for this recipe) Is that which comes from a can.
Coconut milk from a can is typically the “meat” of the coconut blended with some water. It should have a thick layer at the top also called the “coconut cream.” A good layer of coconut cream indicates the quality of the product.
Lite coconut milk typically still has coconut cream at the top, but it will not be as thick. Lite coconut milk is also lower in calories and fat. For this cereal, we will be using regular tinned coconut milk.
You can also use lite coconut milk or another milk substitute. However, the cook time and ratio to quinoa will not be the same!
What Is The Difference Between Canned and Boxed Coconut Milk?
The difference between canned and boxed coconut milk (otherwise known as “milk alternative”) is the amount of water present.
Boxed coconut milk products are typically higher in water content and lower in fat and calories. They are ideal for some of your commercialized breakfast cereals and smoothies.
A boxed coconut milk is NOT suitable for this quinoa coconut cereal! We need to enjoy all that creaminess in our blend to make it count!
Is Coconut Milk Dairy?
No my friend, you are safe here from all face originating foods. Coconut milk comes from… well coconuts!
It’s amazing the little tricks we play on our mind sometimes (ahem, what is cereal) to help us make sense of all the madness in the marketing sector.
Dairy is any product manufactured from the milk of an animal. Therefore, simply put, any milk from a plant cannot be considered dairy.
Added bonus, coconut milk is lactose free! As are all plant based milks. A good rule of thumb- It doesn’t have to be “milked” to be milk!
How Long Will Quinoa Coconut Cereal Last in the Fridge?
If the fruit has not been added to the cereal at the time it is cooked, you can pop this in the fridge for about 3 days.
This versatility of keeping it hot, cold, or storing the quinoa cereal for a rainy day makes it the perfect grab and go option.
For other quick vegan snack ideas check out this comprehensive list, all budget friendly!
If you’re extra lazy (like this RD) pre-portion these out for breakfast for the week. Simply add additional coconut milk if desired and choose a fruit to enjoy with. If you don’t want additional coconut milk, a spritz of water can also add some moisture following refrigeration.
What Else Can I Put On This Scrumptious Dish?
I love this coconut quinoa because it lends a lot to creativity. Some other combinations you may enjoy in this cereal include:
- Candied walnuts
- Brown Sugar
These are just a few to name and some combinations I use when the mango’s at the store just aren’t looking their best.
You can also experiment with full fat and half fat coconut milk to change the consistency and flavor.
Need to Know Mango Facts
I absolutely adore a good mango. Up until a year ago however (when I admittedly actually googled the procedure) I was simply a mango chopping failure.
I mean seriously… What comes first? The skin or the chopping? Eat around the core or cut the pieces from the core?
Mango cutting was a daunting task for me! So many decisions to make in such a short span of time ahhh!
Now that mango and I can agree on a few things (namely the discipline of chopping), Here are a few fun facts about my newfound friends!
- Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
- The maturity of the fruit will have an impact on vitamin content
- This fruit is a great source of vitamin C and fiber.
What's Your Favorite On The Go Breakfast Idea?
Quinoa coconut cereal is fantastic hot or cold. It’s versatile in the fruit it accepts. You can even pre prep it to make morning life easier!
Loaded with fiber, Medium Chain Triglycerides and antioxidants. Sweet and creamy vegan flavor.
What’s your favorite easy on the go breakfast? Does it involve cereal? Do you like it hot or cold? Drop your comments below.
Mango Quinoa Coconut Cereal
- sauce pan
- 2 cups mango
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cans coconut milk tinned
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp vanilla
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup honey for drizzle
- Combine 1 can of coconut milk, water, cinnamon and vanilla in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat. Place lid on and simmer on low heat for 18-20 minutes. Heat until there is only a small amount of water left.
- Remove from heat and let sit for additional 10 minutes. Fluff prior to serving.
- Distribute to 6 dishes. Top with desired amount of coconut milk, about 1/4 cup of mango, cinnamon, and honey drizzle. Enjoy!