Breakfast should not be boring: This sweet quinoa offers another great alternative to hot cereal

Walnuts add some healthy fat, and quinoa is a complete protein, which creates a perfect meal for plant-based eaters

Published September 3, 2019 3:00PM (EDT)

 (Skyhorse Publishing)
(Skyhorse Publishing)

Excerpted with permission from The Anti-Anxiety Cookbook: Calming Plant-Based Recipes to Combat Chronic Anxiety by Jennifer Browne. Copyright 2019 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

Here’s the deal: when I began my journey to improved mental health and well-being, I needed all the help I could get. For this reason, I’ve included some information on staple pantry items, helpful kitchen tools, cleansing, and a few other goodies. But the largest portion of this book is dedicated to my favorite anti-anxiety recipes, divided into nine different categories of food: Juice, Smoothies, Condiments, Good Morning, Snacks, Sides, Salads, Mains, and Sweets. They are all whole and plant-based, meaning that at least 95 percent of the ingredients derive from a plant source. Each and every recipe is vegetarian, most are vegan, and the majority are gluten-free, too. For those of you who completely abstain from animal products, I offer substitutions on a per-recipe basis to get you there, if the recipe isn’t there already. If we continue to ask questions about how food affects our brain and body, incorporate new foods into our diet, and be truly kind to ourselves, increased health and happiness will follow with every single delicious bite.


This is another great alternative to a hot breakfast cereal. Breakfast should not be boring! The walnuts add some healthy fat, and quinoa is a complete protein, which creates a perfect meal for plant-based eaters. Eat up!


RECIPE: Breakfast Quinoa With Bananas And Honey

Serves 2 (v) (V) (GF)


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon 


Combine quinoa and almond milk. Bring to a simmer on the stove, then turn heat down to low. Cook until all milk is absorbed and quinoa is fairly translucent. Remove from heat and divide into bowls. Top with banana slices, walnuts, and cinnamon. Enjoy! 


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