The Kripalu dining room buffet is an exercise in liberty, and this hot breakfast cereal illustrates that freedom. Here, we provide a basic cooked grain with dried fruit, nuts, and spices. But we encourage you to customize these elements to your heart’s content.

Ayurvedic Insight: This is a tridoshic breakfast that anyone can enjoy. To fine-tune it for your own doshic balancing, see the optional mix-ins. Pitta and kapha should favor seeds, while vata should favor nuts. Raisins are also more kapha balancing than dates.

Spiced Quinoa Cream Cereal with Dates




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1 cup quinoa

1/4 cup chopped dates

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or Raisin Sauce

1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup milk, any kind

6 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (or whole roasted and chopped)


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine 4 cups water with all the ingredients except the milk and almonds. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the grains are almost tender, about 10 minutes, stirring now and then as the cereal thickens.

  2. Uncover and let simmer gently until most of the remaining liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk and almonds. Serve hot.

  3. Option 1: Amaranth Cream Cereal: Use 1 cup amaranth and 4 cups water.

  4. Option 2: Millet Cream Cereal: Use 1 cup millet and 3 cups water.

  5. Option 3: Creamy: Use milk, almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk, and/or coconut milk.

  6. Option 4: Spicy: Use cinnamon, cardamom, ground or fresh ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, and/or allspice.

  7. Option 5: Sweet: Use dried fruit (dates, figs, cherries, apricots, etc.), maple syrup, coconut sugar, or Raisin Sauce.

  8. Option 6: Nuts and seeds: Use flax, chia, sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds; or walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and/or hazelnuts.

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