Breakfast Quinoa and Lunch Pancakes

Today I swapped lunch for a second breakfast and had pancakes. And for breakfast I had some quinoa. Winter has finally arrived and we already had snow this week. This means that my body starts telling me I have to prepare for some hard times and therefore should eat sweets, chocolates, and cupcakes all day long. It seems that raisins and whole wheat pancakes also count.

Breakfast Quinoa with Raisins, Cinnamon, and Orange (serves one)

1/3 cup quinoa, washed and rinsed
1 T raisins
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 pinch salt
1/2 orange, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
1/2 t orange zest
1/2 t cinnamon
mint leaves for garnish

In a small saucepan combine quinoa,raisins, juice, water, orange zest, and salt. Bring to boil and cook according to package directions.

Transfer to a bowl and mix with orange and cinnamon. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Second Breakfast:

Oat-Buckwheat Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup, Cranberries, and Lavender (makes 5 six inch pancakes)

These pancakes come with lots of flavour. Both the buckwheat and the oat flour add a lot of taste and texture. I served these with cranberry syrup (store bought, here’s a recipe for homemade syrup), dried cranberries, and some lavender, which made them simply perfect.

1 cup rice milk (or other non dairy milk)
2 T ground flax seed
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 T baking powder
1 T sugar
1/4 t salt

1-2 T cranberry syrup
1 T dried cranberries
1/2 t dried lavender

Combine milk and flax in a bowl and let sit for a couple of minutes. Stir, add apple sauce, and vanilla extract.

Sift together flours, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well to combine.

Heat a non-stick pan to medium heat, coat with some oil, and pour in 1/5 of pancake batter. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and garnish with syrup, cranberries, and lavender. Serve immediately.



  • Raff_the_Math
    6 years ago

    Ich find’s cool, dass ihr alles auch auf deutsch zu übersezten scheint (oder umgekehrt?), auch wenn die Kommentare meist auf englisch sind, so ist es doch um einiges angenehmer sie auf deutsch zu lesen und ich wollte euch nur mitteilen, dass ihr damit einen guten Job macht (anstatt alles einfach durch den google-Übersetzer zu jagen xD) auch wenn das bei einem Pfannkuchenrezept evtl. etwas unpassend erscheint. ^^’

    Naja, jedenfalls wollte ich euch nur mitteilen, dass euch deutsche Leser eure Seite lesen. Und ach ja, die Pfannkuchen sehen auch gut aus! Ich werde demnächst mal den Trick mit den Leinsamen als Eiersatz probieren, da bei mir der Teig entweder zu dickflüssig (und schwer) oder ansonsten zu rissig wird (obwohl ich Sojamilch nehme). :/
    Habe mir letzens erst ne Packung geholt, und mit meiner Elektrischen.Kaffemühle ist es auch kein Problem mehr selbst Mehl herzustellen. ^^

    Grüße nochmal.

    • Mihl
      6 years ago

      Danke für Deinen Kommentar! Ich habe den Blog zuerst auf Englisch geführt und dann nach zwei Jahren oder so entschieden auch mal was auf Deutsch zu schreiben. (Als ich mit dem Veganismus angefangen habe, gabe es fast nichts aud Deutsch.) Das wurde dann immer mehr, zwischenzeitlich gab es einen eigenen deutschen Blog. Seitdem ich die Seite selber hoste, habe ich ein sehr hilfreiches Plugin, welches ermöglicht einen Eintrag gleichzeitig in mehreren Sprachen zu schreiben. Die Einträge sind nie ganz identisch, aber die Rezepte sind gleich. Und Google Translator….nee, das muss nicht sein. (Auch wenn er natürlich oft hilfreich ist…)

      Ich mache mein Leinsamenmehl auch immer in der Kaffeemühle. Finde ich sehr praktisch.

  • veganhomemade
    9 years ago

    Looks like my type of meals! I’ve been trying to combat what my body’s been telling me about eating fatty, filling foods…it seems as long as whatever I eat is hot then I’ll be satisfied.

  • 9 years ago

    Your breakfast quinoa sounds delightful! I’ve been in the mood to try out new breakfasts lately, and this has just been added to my list.

  • 9 years ago

    Quinoa for breakfast sounds divine, Mihl, especially with oranges and cinnamon. And those pancakes…divine.

  • 9 years ago

    Okay, it’s nice to know that it’s not just my body telling me these sorts of things when the weather turns cold..brrr! I love the idea of quinoa for breakfast!

  • fortheloveofguava
    9 years ago

    my poor bag of quinoa has been ignored for quite sometime now… and my breakfasts have been uninspiring…must try!

  • 9 years ago

    i think my body is telling me to eat sweets & cupcakes, too! ahahhaaaa! i love it, Mihl!

    i always forget about quinoa – so thanks for the tasty reminder! your breakfast quinoa sounds awesome! and your pancakes look absolutely divine! yay!

  • 9 years ago

    Those pancakes sound really good. I love breakfast food. I make it for dinner all the time.

  • 9 years ago

    yay for pancakes!

  • 9 years ago

    I love new quinoa recipes! Yours is going on this weeks menu! Thanks!!!

  • 9 years ago

    Thanks! I think the only thing that could have made my Thanksgiving more festive would’ve been the addition of a good “bad” christmas sweater. The hunt will continue!
    Mmm…I shouldn’t have looked at your blog at breakfast time. So hungry now.

  • 9 years ago

    Quinoa with raisins and spice is one of my favourite breakfasts (probably the healthiest too!) – I usually mix mine half and half with steel cut oats….mmmmm, good :) …and pancakes, well, let me just say that they’re nature’s perfect food.

  • 9 years ago

    tofuparty – I didn’t promise anything ;)

    Alice – quinoa is not a good source of calcium. One cup of uncooked quinoa has only about 80 mg of that mineral. So I would stick with kale and tahini.

  • 9 years ago

    it seems that our bodies tell ourselves the exact same thing!! haha your food is still pretty healthy, though. the cranberry syrup sounds really good- nice and tart.

  • 9 years ago

    breakfast is the most important meal in the day, so why not have two?

    I’ve never tried a sweet quinoa recipes… having far too many oranges at home atm, I might try this tomorrow morning!

  • 9 years ago

    I’ve decided to eat more quinoa than I eat now (for calcium purposes, you know…) but I don’t really like its flavor so much. How is it when cooked sweet like that? I guess I should try…
    (My dad’s girlfriend has osteoporosis and was very concerned about my calcium consumption. OK, I eat lots of kale and tahini and fortified foods, but I realize I shouldn’t forget about quinoa, since it’s such a great calcium source…)

  • tofuparty
    9 years ago

    Hey, promising chocolate and cupcakes, and they you give us quinoa and pancakes? :-)
    But I wouldn’t mind having my breakfast and lunch prepared by you.

  • 9 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your nice comments.

    Zephyr – Thank you so much for commenting and for sharing the recipe. It sounds delicious and I promise to try it one day.

  • gail
    9 years ago

    Ooooh, snow! I’d love to see snow (though only for a bit – then the wimp in me would have to return to warm weather). I think that any excuse to have two breakfast in one day is a good excuse – there are so many delicious options that it only makes sense to spread them out throughout the day.

  • 9 years ago

    Two wonderful breakfasts, a great way to keep your body warm and energized!

  • 9 years ago

    Both those look superb!
    My body too is reacting to the cold weather and MUST.HAVE.STODGE!

  • 9 years ago

    My body is working in the same manner! I’m heading over to your place for some brunchy goodness!

  • 9 years ago

    Yum! They both look great! I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast…I will have to try your recipe!

  • 9 years ago

    well, I guess you have to listen to your body! The quinoa photo is stunning.

  • 9 years ago

    What a coincidence, we just had quinoa for breakfast today – only it was with raspberries and soy milk! Must try your version, looks very yummy.

  • 9 years ago

    wow, that is some great looking breakfast food. thanks so much for the buckwheat pancake recipe. I love pancakes and haven’t had a buckwheat pancake since this restaurant that served vegan ones closed down. I’m totally psyched to try them.

  • 9 years ago

    Breakfast food is awesome any time of the day, if you ask me. :)

  • 9 years ago

    oh that quinoa looks so good for a winter breakfast – and there is nothing better than 2 breakfasts!!

  • 9 years ago

    I got nervous because I read the other version first and I thought I wouldn’t be able to translate it to make it, haha! The pictures are gorgeous and I definitely need to make these recipes, YUM!

  • 9 years ago

    Quinoa is way more satisfying for breakfast than grains like rice or corn. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. It sounds scrumptious and energy filled!

  • Zephyr
    9 years ago

    (Been reading for a few months, am now finally commenting!)

    Funny that you posted this, as I have a quinoa pancake that I love very much!

    Wash your quinoa, then soak in water overnight so it sprouts.
    In the morning, blend (like, with a blender) the quinoa with enough of the water and a few pinches of salt to make a batter of about the consistency you’d use for pancakes (I like it kinda thin because I’m bad at getting thick pancakes to cook all the way through).
    Heat up a griddle/pan/whatever and pour a little olive oil in, then make some pancakes!

    These come out earthy and savory (a little like polenta), and are perfect with a little salt and pepper on top. I like frying them long enough so they’re a little crunchy, and I imagine they’d be great to throw some nice cooked greens on top of.

    Thanks for the great blog, and keep the recipes coming!

  • 9 years ago

    Breakfast quinoa, yum! And those pancakes look pretty darn good too..

  • 9 years ago

    I love second breakfast! The quinoa and pancakes look super delicious!!

  • 9 years ago

    What a great idea! I never would have thought of combining quinoa and orange!
    Your pancakes look perfect!

  • 9 years ago

    These both sound amazing! And of course since breakfast is my favorite meal, I can’t wait to try them both, too!

    We also had snow this week–I guess there’s no getting away from it now.

  • 9 years ago

    I like the way your body thinks. there can never be too many breakfasts in a day.