Alright runners and triathletes, this cranberry apple breakfast quinoa is for you! I like this recipe as a pre-long run breakfast because it’s carb-rich and for most people it’s pretty easy on the stomach. It’s great to fuel you up about an hour or two before a long run or event.
I’ve left the recipe as-is from how I make it, but you can tweak it in several ways:
- Cut back on the cranberries or apples as needed if the amount of fruit bothers your stomach (or if you don’t like the tartness of the cranberries).
- Reduce or eliminate the nuts if they bother your stomach, or if you’re allergic.
- Add some plain greek yogurt to mix in if you want to add more protein.
- You could also turn it into a dinner the night before a long run or race by stuffing it in some acorn squash and adding grilled chicken to the mix.
Because it’s relatively low in protein as written, I might not use this as a regular everyday breakfast without adding some greek yogurt or a side of a protein-rich food to the mix – but the basic version is perfect to try before long runs or rides to see if it sits well in your stomach and helps fuel you.
- 2 tsp cooking oil (whatever you prefer – olive oil, coconut oil, etc)
- 1 large apple (or 2 small apples), peeled and sliced thinly or chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (simply cook according to package directions; about 1/3 cup dry = 1 cup cooked)
- 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
- Cook quinoa according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tsp olive oil. Add apples and cook for a few minutes until they start to soften a bit.
- Add cranberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon to the pan. Cook until berries are soft and a few begin to burst.
- Mix apple cranberry mixture with cooked quinoa and walnuts. Voila! All done.
- 330 calories, 13 g fat, 48 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 6 g protein
- Vitamin A: 2%, Vitamin C: 19%, Calcium: 5%, Iron: 12%
Share with me: Have you ever had quinoa for breakfast? What’s your favorite breakfast to eat before a long run or ride?