As we quickly approach the end of January, I’m struggling to hold on to those shiny New Year’s resolutions I made less than a month ago. Eek! Eating healthy is tough when you don’t have a lot of time to make breakfast every morning before work or class. That’s where this easy one-bowl cranberry quinoa breakfast bake recipe comes to save the day. This is a yummy vegan recipe that’s packed with protein and has virtually no sweetener — so you’re not breaking your resolutions with this dish. On top of that, it also reheats beautifully, making it an easy dish to make on Sunday and warm up before work throughout the week. It’s even good cold on the go. No matter how hectic your schedule is, this recipe is sure to make your life easier and healthier. Yay to a new year and a healthier happier you!
Even though carbs get a bad rep these days with all the gluten free products, some carbs are actually good for you, heck you literally need them everyday to survive! Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, not keh-noah) is one of those healthy carbs that can easily become a staple in your diet. It cooks in 15-20 minutes and is actually gluten free – so if you are watching your gluten intake, this whole grain is right for you! I personally love adding quinoa to my salad recipes, or making quinoa bowls with tofu and veggies. This quinoa breakfast bake sneaks in some healthy carbs for breakfast – way better than a bagel or breakfast pastry. So don’t let all carbs have a bad rep my friends, because quinoa is as good as it gets.
Cranberry Orange Quinoa Bowls
- 1 cup quinoa uncooked
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons ground flax seed + 5 Tablespoons water. Can substitute with 2 eggs if not vegan)
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 3/4 cup craisins (I recommend Newman’s Organic brand)
- 1 Tablespoon orange zest
- sliced almonds
- orange slices
- almond butter and banana slices
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Add all ingredients, minus toppings, to a medium mixing bowl.
Pour mixture into a 8x8 inch non stick baking pan.
Bake for 30–35 minutes
Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes
My favorite dried cranberry brand is Newman’s Own Organic. They are made with healthier ingredients than most brands and are organic. Craisins are definitely higher in sugar so if you are watching your sugar intake, use sparingly. You can easily substitute the orange juice with almond milk, omit the craisins, and top with fresh bananas and walnuts. Yumm!!
You can find this recipe along with other creations I’ve made on Brit + Co!