scratch and sniffOh, wait. You can’t. But you sure wish you could, right?

There’s some amazing smells coming out of the SoS kitchen right now. (And yes, I’m biased.)

What’s cooking? A new & improved batch of my vegan cinnamon rolls.


But they’re still in the oven & I’m hungry, so they’ll have to be “second breakfast”.

Instead? My faithful friend, oatmeal.

But not your grandma’s oatmeal- quinoa-fied oats!

quinoa oatmeal

The first time I tried quinoa I thought it was weird and disgusting. (I never said I had good taste in college.) I don’t know what I was thinking because that funny looking grain rocks.

Actually, it’s not really a grain, but it’s so much easier to say it is. (It’s the seed of a grain-like plant- what a mouthful.)


Whatever you call it, it’s got an awesome nutrition profile:

-High protein content (12-18%)

-Complete protein source (contains ALL the essential amino acids- unlike rice)

-Good source of fiber, magnesium, and iron.

– Bonus: it’s gluten-free, so most everyone can get take part in the quinoa party.


I love mixing some cooked quinoa straight into my bowl of oatmeal, but this morning I went the granola route:

quinoa granola

Quinoa Granola

1/4 c uncooked quinoa

1 T flax seed

1 T honey or molasses

1/2 t cinnamon


Mix together & spread a thin layer on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or so….don’t let it burn…burnt quinoa is gross…I’m guessing..;)

Let it cool, then break it up into little quinoa chunks,

Eat it plain, on yogurt, in cereal, or on top of oatmeal!

  quinoa oats

(Yes, there’s oatmeal under there…perhaps I added one or two other things before the quinoa granola was ready 😉 Walnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, & chia seeds.)


I love quinoa granola because it’s so crunchy & doesn’t get soggy. I love regular oat granola too, but I’ve never made a batch I was particularly in love with.

Know a good granola recipe? Share it below!

And come back tomorrow for an even better breakfast recipe 😉