In Search of Hot Cereal

GoGo Quinoa Puffs package for tasty hot Gluten Free cerealGogo Quinoa – Quinoa Puffs

So it was a cold, rainy depressing morning and I really wanted a warm, belly-filling bowl of breakfast cereal. My cupboards were bare; all I had was a bag of Gogo Quinoa Quinoa Puffs that I hadn’t been that thrilled about as a cold breakfast cereal (see my earlier review, “Just Add Flavour”).

But necessity is the mother of invention. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? I decided I’d create something new that might satisfy my comfort-food craving — if my hunch was correct. I wagered that if they were warmed in milk, those puffs might lose their dry chewiness and transform into something creamy and delicious. And it turns out I was onto something.

I put about a cup and a half of skim milk in a pot on the stove. Stirred in a tablespoon of brown sugar. Added a drop of vanilla. Turned up the heat. Then I chucked in about a cup of Quinoa Puffs and heated and stirred the mixture until the milk foamed up and everything was warm and sticky.

The verdict? Delicious! The sugar and vanilla gave everything an understated sweetness. The texture was creamy, and the nutty flavour of the quinoa actually shone. This was a two-thumbs-up breakfast, and it made enough to feed two people.

Here’s the recipe:

Hot and Creamy Quinoa Puffs

1½ cups skim milk
1 Tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp vanilla
1 cup quinoa puffs cereal

Heat milk over medium heat on stovetop until just warm. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla. Add quinoa puffs and stir constantly, until mixtures becomes hot and foamy, about 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to scald milk. Remove mixture from heat and serve.

Makes 2 servings.

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