Berry Breakfast Grain Salad

This berry breakfast grain salad is filled with blueberries, blackberries and lots of whole grains to start your day.

Salad for breakfast?

Why, yes. That’s exactly what I said.

Sometimes you need to live a little crazy.

Berry breakfast grain salad

Go shopping on a whim and end up spending $500. $200 of which is for new bras because apparently you’ve been buying the wrong size for the past 15 years and now it totally makes sense why the straps never seem to be tight enough and your boobs hang to levels that shouldn’t be experienced until your 6th decade. (sorry to the 5 men who read this)

Decide you’re going to get your motorcycle license because you’re sick of being the girl on the back holding on.

Go for a a speedy 3 mile run at 3pm in full sunlight. Although, that’s probably more stupidity than craziness.

Berry breakfast grain salad

Eat a salad for breakfast.

Sunday’s feel like they need to be special breakfasts around here since it’s the only one we actually get to enjoy together. I love pancakes and waffles but there’s only so many variations and times you can make them before they start losing their appeal. My biggest challenge with “special” breakfasts outside of eggs is fitting protein into a traditionally carb heavy meal. Grains (and quinoa) mixed with greek yogurt are the perfect way to do that!

Whole grain breakfast bowl with berries

Untraditional, special and a tad bit crazy.

Lightly adapted from The Kitchn

Yields 2-3

Berry Breakfast Grain Salad

A unique "special" breakfast with grains and berries.

10 minsPrep Time

25 minsCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup millet
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced into rounds
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 3/4 cup blackberries
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa, millet and steel cut oats.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Once melted add millet, steel cut oats, quinoa, orange zest and ginger rounds.
  4. Toast grains, tossing frequently for 3 minutes.
  5. Add water and orange juice, bring to a boil then cover and reduce to a simmer.
  6. Cook until liquid is absorbed (about 20-25 minutes).
  7. Remove from heat and spread grains out on a baking sheet to cool.
  8. Discard ginger.
  9. Once cooled, transfer grain mixture to a medium bowl.
  10. Add yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, juice of the orange and mix together.
  11. Fold in berries carefully so as not to break them.
  12. Top with walnuts.
  13. Can be eaten immediately or chilled overnight for flavors to develop deeper.
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22 Comments

  1. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    I love having quinoa for breakfast! I make a big batch of it on Sundays and make a parfait with yogurt and berries!! I understand about spending $200 on bras. I've done that before! You get these pretty bras with funky colors & matching undies, only to discover no one will see it, except your Husband and do you think he cares that you have a neon pink bra with black polka dots? Nope, could care less. Oh and the $50.00 bra, matching underwear $15.00 or 3 for $30! Crazy how they get you!
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    1. Gina
      Haha, I didn't even buy the matching underwear (although I was tempted)! I spent that much on bras alone b/c I literally came home and threw all my old ones out once I realized they were the wrong size! It's insane how much bras can be but I figure you do wear one every day so cost per wear is pretty darn low ;)
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  2. Katie
    What a brilliant idea!! I never get enough protein at breakfast either - I'm pumped to try this out. (Also, I'm scared to get fitted for a bra because I KNOW I'm in the wrong size. I'm pretty sure I'm embarrassingly wrong.)
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  3. Kaitlin
    This really caught my eye on Healthy Aperture - what an awesome breakfast!!! :) Would love for you to link it up at my Sunlight Sunday featuring blueberries if you get the chance (along with any other recipes you have!) http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2012/06/sunlight-on-blueberries.html
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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      Glad you liked it, Jamie! I definitely ate the leftovers for a snack in the afternoon too, it's good any time of day :)
      Reply
  4. Beth @ Tasty Yummies
    Can you tell I am just getting caught up on reading your blog today :) I am a commenting machine! Just had to take a second to tell you that your photos are looking incredible. The colors in these are amazing, I love that background - did you make it yourself? Besides all of this, once again another delicious looking recipe! Thanks.
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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author
      Thanks, Beth! I did make the background...did a post on it a couple weeks ago actually http://www.runningtothekitchen.com/2012/06/how-to-make-a-photography-board/ it was so much easier than I thought so I did a white and turquoise one :) I still have wood left for a third I just can't decide on color!
      Reply
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