Ancient Grain Hot Cereal

Nothing makes breakfast time easier than a slow cooker. Using ancient grains like Amaranth and Quinoa with nutrient-rich milk provides a great source of protein to keep you fueled. Serve with a drizzle of warmed milk or cream. Add toppings like fresh berries, dried fruits and chopped nuts.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 14


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup amaranth
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 8 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Coat the bottom and sides of a 6-quart slow cooker with butter. Add quinoa through water into slow-cooker insert. Whisk together until well blended. Add sugar, butter and spices. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours. Remove lid and scoop one cup into bowls, pour warm cream or milk over top, add chopped nuts, fresh seasonal berries and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.


Source of recipe: Rebecca Egsieker, The Dairy Chef
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