This healthy breakfast quinoa recipe is thick, creamy, high in protein, and a delicious alternative to oatmeal!
Healthy breakfast quinoa bowls
If you are looking for a change from the usual oatmeal or cold cereal, homemade breakfast quinoa is the perfect solution.
And if you’ve only ever tried quinoa in salad, prepare to fall in love with the creamy texture of these whole grain, hot comfort food breakfast bowls.
The best part is that the recipe gives you unlimited flavor options. So you can try a different variation every day of the week. Breakfast will never be boring again!
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Quinoa breakfast porridge flavors
Apple Cinnamon: Include one finely chopped apple along with the other ingredients. Increase the cinnamon to half a teaspoon.
Peanut Butter: Stir in two tablespoons of peanut, cashew, or almond butter at the very beginning. Top the finished quinoa bowls with mini chocolate chips.
Banana Bread: Add a ripe mashed banana before bringing the quinoa to a boil. Do include the optional cinnamon, and garnish with diced, toasted pecans.
Piña Colada: For a tropical breakfast treat, use coconut milk for the milk of choice. Stir in a half cup of canned pineapple tidbits, and garnish with shredded coconut.
Blueberry Pie: Stir in up to a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries at any point during the cooking process. Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, or other fruit also work here.
Chocolate Brownie: Before cooking the quinoa porridge, add one tablespoon of cocoa powder to the saucepan. Remove the fluffy quinoa from the heat and add a fourth teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and a handful of semi sweet or dark chocolate.
Other Add Ins: Have fun customizing your vegan breakfast quinoa by adding raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dates, ground ginger and nutmeg, chia seeds, hemp seeds, Mediterranean spice blend, rainbow birthday cake sprinkles, roasted walnuts, diced pistachios, or raw cacao nibs.
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Savory breakfast quinoa recipe
Use unsweetened milk of choice in the recipe below.
Add a cup of raw kale or spinach and three tablespoons of nutritional yeast or Parmesan before heating the quinoa.
Many people top savory quinoa with a fried or poached egg. As a vegan, I like to add black beans, chickpeas, or air fried tofu.
This savory quinoa could easily be served as breakfast for dinner.
Step by step video
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What does quinoa taste like?
Cooked quinoa has a light, slightly chewy, fluffy texture.
If you like oatmeal, chances are high that you will enjoy the taste of quinoa as well.
Its flavor is mild, nutty, and earthy, similar to brown rice or amaranth.
For this nutritious hot cereal recipe, feel free to use yellow quinoa, red quinoa, white quinoa, black quinoa, or tri color quinoa.
Breakfast quinoa ingredients
The recipe calls for raw quinoa, milk or unsweetened creamer, water, a pinch of salt, sweetener of choice, optional cinnamon, and toppings of choice.
For plant based and vegan breakfast quinoa, try almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk. Or use canned coconut milk for a rich morning meal that tastes like dessert.
Choose your favorite all purpose sweetener. Good options include pure maple syrup, honey, agave, regular sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar.
For a sweet breakfast quinoa recipe with no sugar, use a sugar free sweetener like xylitol or a monk fruit blend.
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How to make the recipe
Rinse quinoa in a fine colander, then add it to a medium saucepan along with the water, salt, sweetener, and cinnamon.
Bring the saucepan to a boil over medium heat on the stove top.
Once boiling, cover the pan and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for twenty minutes or until the cooked quinoa is thick and fluffy.
Stir in the milk or cream, increase to medium heat, and stir frequently until it reaches your desired breakfast porridge texture and thickness.
Top as you wish, using any of the ideas above or your own creativity. Serve and enjoy.
Tips for best results
Whether you are making stove top or baked quinoa, it is important to first rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, even if the quinoa is organic.
This step removes a natural coating called saponin, which has a bitter taste and is not well tolerated by some individuals. Removing the saponins by rinsing quinoa under cold water will also remove the soap aftertaste.
How much time it takes to cook quinoa will depend on the strength of your stove top’s simmer option. In general, cooked quinoa should be fluffy after about twenty minutes.
This breakfast quinoa recipe can be eaten hot, warm, or cold. It is entirely your choice.
To feed a family, or for healthy breakfast meal prep, feel free to double the recipe. Store leftovers in a covered container or mason jar in the refrigerator for up to five days. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the stove for an almost instant breakfast.
While you can technically freeze quinoa, the texture will not be as smooth.
Serve with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the winter or a Frappuccino Recipe in the summer.
Nutrition and health benefits
Unlike quick or rolled oats, quinoa is a complete protein, with eight grams of protein per cup and all nine essential amino acids.
It is high in fiber, gluten free, cholesterol free, low calorie, and grain free. (Quinoa is classified as a whole grain, but it is technically a seed.)
With more fiber and protein than brown rice, quinoa is a high protein, energizing breakfast option that can keep you full for hours.
The pseudocereal or pseudograin is a good souse of antioxidants and minerals such as folate, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and potassium. Go with a fortified milk for additional nutrition and protein.
For the reasons above, you will often see quinoa recipes on many health food, weight loss, or Weight Watchers breakfast menus.
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup raw quinoa
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup milk of choice or unsweetened creamer
- sweetener of choice
- optional handful raisins, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, etc.
- optional 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
The sweetener amount will depend on your tastebuds and whether you use sweetened or unsweetened milk. Add sweetener either before or after cooking.To make breakfast quinoa bowls, first rinse and drain the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Bring all ingredients except the milk to a boil in a saucepan. Once boiling, turn to a simmer and cover 20 minutes or until fluffy. Stir in the milk or cream, and return to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until quinoa reaches your desired texture and thickness. Toppings can be added at any time while cooking or to garnish the finished breakfast quinoa.View Nutrition Facts
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