Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa for breakfast?!?! Why not!  If you add the right ingredients quinoa is a great alternative to your morning oats. Breakfast Quinoa is a wonderful vegan and gluten free breakfast that will keep you feeling full for hours. Quinoa, seeds and nuts are packed with protein which will keep you going until lunch time with no snacks needed. Quinoa is also a source of nine essentials amino acids and dietary iron.

Breakfast Quinoa with cranberries, chopped walnuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk that is Gluten Free and Vegan

If you would like to enjoy Breakfast Quinoa all week; prepare everything up to step 2 and store it in the fridge in an airtight container. In the morning, reheat your desired serving and add the toppings of your choice. You can really play around with the topping by adding your favorite nuts, seeds and fruit.

First gather all of the delicious protein packed ingredients.

Breakfast Quinoa ingredients - cranberries, chopped walnuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla that is Gluten Free and Vegan

Now place the 2 cups almond milk, ¼ Tbsp cinnamon, ½ tsp vanilla and a pinch of cloves, nutmeg and ginger in a pot. Mix the ingredients so all the spices are blended into the milk, then add 1 cup of uncooked quinoa.

Breakfast Quinoa with almond milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and maple syrup

Bring everything to a boil, cover and simmer. Make sure you lower the heat because if you cover the pot while the heat is high you will be stuck with a cinnamon almond milk mess all over the stove. Trust me, I speak from experience! After 10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Now mix in ½ cup dried cranberries and maple syrup to taste.

Breakfast Quinoa with almond milk, dried cranberries, spices and maple syrup

Spoon the quinoa mixture into bowls and top with chopped walnuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk.

Breakfast Quinoa with cranberries, chopped walnuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk that is Gluten Free and Vegan

Prep time: 5min

Cook time: 15min

Serving size: 2 large servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • ½ cup dried cranberries, or any dried fruit
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts or almonds, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, or any fresh fruit
  • 2 Tbsp cup chia seeds
  • Coconut milk for drizzling

Directions:

  1. Mix almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg and ginger in a pot then add the quinoa. Bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat to simmer for 10min. Remove from heat and let sit for 5min.
  2. Sir in the dried cranberries and maple syrup and adjust sweetness to taste.
  3. Spoon the quinoa into bowls and top each serving with walnuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of coconut milk and enjoy!

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20 Responses to “Breakfast Quinoa”

  1. lysa April 12, 2012 6:54 am #

    this is a great idea ! It looks delicious.

    • Jesse April 12, 2012 8:35 am #

      Thanks! I love it because it is really easy to make ahead of time so all you have to do in the morning is heat it back up or just enjoy it cold.

  2. Hannah April 15, 2012 3:51 pm #

    Mmm, I love quinoa but had never thought of how to use it for breakfast. Great idea!

    xo,
    Hannah
    http://www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

    • Jesse April 15, 2012 3:54 pm #

      I love having it for breakfast because it is the only breakfast that keeps me full until lunch with no snacks.

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    • Jesse April 18, 2012 3:08 pm #

      Thanks for subscribing! I post every two weeks so you won’t get too many emails. I really like your bean blondie recipe. I have working on one as well but I haven’t gotten a texture I’m happy with yet.

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    • Jesse April 27, 2012 1:59 pm #

      Thanks, I’m so excited! Thank you for voting for me!

  5. Jeanette May 18, 2012 9:23 pm #

    This sounds like a nutrient packed breakfast!

    • Jesse May 18, 2012 9:35 pm #

      It really is and its delicious hot and cold! Your Warm Roasted Corn Salsa Salad looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it when corn comes into season.

  6. Jade May 25, 2012 8:36 pm #

    Just about to start cooking this! Super excited to taste. Just wondering how long it lasts in the fridge? Thanks :)

    • Jesse May 25, 2012 9:37 pm #

      Hi Jade, it lasts about 4 days in the fridge and it is great cold or reheated.

  7. Jade June 1, 2012 7:58 pm #

    Thanks Jesse – it was amazing! Will be eating it all winter here in Oz :)

    • Jesse June 1, 2012 8:04 pm #

      Hi Jade, I’m so happy you like my breakfast quinoa. You can really play around with the toppings and added whatever you want! That way you can eat it all winter without getting tired of it.

  8. Jen August 27, 2012 9:48 pm #

    This looks great but my son has an almond allergy ( in addition to eggs and dairy) what could I substitute for the almond milk? Thanks jen

    • Jesse August 28, 2012 8:17 am #

      Hi Jen, organic soy milk, lite coconut milk or hemp milk would all be delicious and taste great. Rice milk is also an option but I find it can be quite thin in consistency.

  9. Jen August 28, 2012 10:44 pm #

    Tried hemp milk for the first time – yummy! Now let’s see what the kids think in the morning!

    • Jesse August 29, 2012 11:01 am #

      Yay, I hope they like it too!

  10. Dimple October 21, 2012 8:07 pm #

    I stumbled on this recipe just this night and prepared it for my breakfast tomorrow since I already have all the ingredients. I like it very much. Delicious and flavorful even just by itself. I am definitely hooked! Thank you.

    • Jesse October 22, 2012 8:01 am #

      It is such a great make ahead breakfast. I’m so happy you like it, thanks for leaving a comment!

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