Happy Monday 🙂 Today I have a delicious new breakfast to share with you guys. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned on here before, quinoa is not my favorite. However, I know how healthy it is and what a great source of protein it is, especially for vegetarians, so over the past year I’ve been making an effort to eat it more often. This means I’m always searching for different recipes in hopes of finding some I really like.
The good news is, I’ve found a few over the past several months. The great news is I have one to share with you today!
As we all know, I’m a huge breakfast fan. In fact, a lot of days I eat it for multiple meals. Last week I made breakfast quinoa…and ate it for lunch….and it was delicious.
I cooked the quinoa in milk with some strawberries and it topped with with peanut butter, almonds, sliced bananas, a few chocolate chips and a drizzle of agave. Holy YUM!
Berry Breakfast Quinoa
Cook Time: 20 min
Keywords: stovetop breakfast healthy vegetarian low-sodium fruit quinoa
- 1/4 c quinoa, dry & rinsed
- 1/2 c milk
- 1/2 c berries
- dash cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- chocolate chips
- nut butter
1. Combine the quinoa, milk, berries, cinnamon and vanilla in a small saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
3. Add toppings and serve warm.
This recipe could easily be doubled to make a larger batch to eat throughout the week. I looked at some recipes that added the berries in after cooking, but I decided to just throw mine in while it was cooking. As a result, the berries kinda disolved into the quinoa making it a pretty pink color!
The only thing you need to keep in mind is that adding the berries means there’s a little extra liquid as they dissolve so you may need to cook the quinoa a bit longer than usual so all the liquid can be absorbed. Play around with the toppings to find a combo you like! Next time i’m adding greek yogurt!
Dig in, friends!
So tell me, what’s your favorite way to eat quinoa? Have you ever made a sweet version like this?
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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
Mmm…I might have to try this. I really like quinoa but I’ve never thought about having it for breakfast.
definitely give it a try!! it was a fun change!
Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl says
Pinned girl. Looks delicious. I love wheat berries for breakfast. why not quinoa?!
My favorite way to eat quinoa right now is like fried rice. I’m to lazy to cut up veggies so I just throw frozen broccoli in with cooked egg, quinoa, and soy sauce.
OOOH we have been in a run and havent made quinoa in too too long long.
gotta get on it, lady 🙂
Kristen @ notsodomesticated says
This looks so good! I still haven’t cooked with quinoa yet, but as soon as we get a good, working stove, I need to try!
yes you do!!!
MUST make this. Ever since I saw it on instagram, I’ve been dreaming of it!! Yummmy!!
haha enjoy my friend 🙂
Gina (The Candid RD) says
I haven’t made a sweet quinoa dish before, but I’ve always wanted to so this is getting pinned! Right now my favorite way to eat quinoa is in a quiche (using quinoa as the “crust” or in a salad with feta, dill, cucumber, tomato, and EVOO).
oooh i like the idea of a quinoa crust! might have to try that!
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli says
Mmm, this looks great! I’ve never made a sweet quinoa with berries, but I do have a version I love that involves pumpkin…and nuts….and apples…pretty much the epitome of fall! I call it my “Taste of Fall Quinoa”…it’s so good! http://www.kissmybroccoliblog.com/2011/03/11/packing-it-in/
I really like Spabettie’s popped quinoa and cheesy eggs too…one of my favorite savory breakfasts! http://spabettie.com/2011/05/06/popped-quinoa-and-cheesy-eggs/
I wish they had served everyone the quinoa they served with the chicken dish at Blend. I have never tasted anything like it. Must try to recreate it! 🙂
omg both of those sound delish!!!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
YUM! During Passover, I made several different quinoa bowls as I learned quinoa is NOT a grain (and therefore acceptable for Passover). My favorite sweet one I made was a coconut quinoa bowl!! With coconut flakes, coconut butter, and almond milk! Mmmm mmm mm!
yay!! sweet might be my new fav way to eat it!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
I really love quinoa and it’s so great to find all these new ways to use it. Breakfast? Ingenius. Thanks for sharing
you’re welcome! enjoy!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
I love using different grains for breakfast! I typically do bulgur, but I need to try this one out – especially as much as I’m trying to get more protein in.
oooh i need to try bulgar!
Heather @ Better With Veggies says
I keep meaning to make sweet quinoa, but haven’t yet. So much too cook and so little time! 🙂
story of my life, friend!
Aimee M says
This looks delicious! For the past couple months I’ve had an unopened bag of quinoa stare me down every time I open the cabinet. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
haha…my quinoa often stares me down as well!
I’ve never actually had quinoa! I know, I know, I’m totally missing out! Your breakfast looks amazing! 🙂
I’ve had great overnight oat bowls similar to this one! Bananas, Carob Chips, Ground Flax Seeds and PB (or PB2)….YeeeeYummm!
oh you should definitely give it a try!!!! there are so many ways to make it!
Cat @ Breakfast to Bed says
I LOVE quinoa for brekkie. ESPECIALLY with bananas. It’s so comforting!
i agree….it does go very well with bananas 🙂
Angela @ Sleep and Repeat says
I’ve never tried a sweet quinoa or having it for breakfast but this looks really good! maybe I’ll give it a try next weekend 🙂
awesome! it’d make a great weekend morning breakfast!
Amanda @RunToTheFinish says
yummy!! I am always trying to think of new ways to add protein to meals and this is so easy
me too! it’s a constant battle, especially since I stopped eating meat. so i’m trying to get creative 🙂
Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life says
Probably a dumb question – but what is the purpose of “rinsing” the quinoa? Does it help it taste better? I’ve only used quinoa a few times, but am not so thrilled with it’s “taste/smell”… maybe b/c I didn’t rinse?????
not a dumb question! rinsing quinoa helps wash away the bitter taste. There are some kinds you can buy that have already been rinsed so that’s what I look for…but definitely rinse it before cooking! It will help it taste better. Also, cooking it in broth instead of water (for other recipes, not this one) helps give it a better flavor too!
Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life says
Yeah, I noticed it was really bitter. OK, now I have to make quinoa again SOON, and make it right! Thx for the info!!
This looks awesome! I’ve added pumpkin and cinnamon before to make a sweet treat. My favorite way to eat it though is in a junk salad with all the veggies I can find!
oooh i like the idea of adding pumpkin!
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile says
This looks SO delicious!
That looks SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I MUST make that this week. SO SO YUM!
let me know how it turns out!!
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
I MUST have berries in my breakfast and this looks like a perfectly delicious, healthy way to get my fill! Thanks, Lindsay!
yay!!!! enjoy 🙂 i wanna try it with raspberries next! or PEACHES!
I am a fan of quinoa but would have never thought to do it for breakfast! That sounds yummy! Will definitely have to try this.
sarah k @ the pajama chef says
yum! i love quinoa, but my favorite way to eat it is as a base for burrito bowls. i make it w/ lime juice & cilantro for a chipotle-like version. 🙂
Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola says
Omigosh this looks fantastic! I’ve been wanting to make quinoa for breakfast and this looks like the perfect way! I think I’m going to make it tonight so I can take it to work tomorrow! Yum!
hurray!!!!! let me know how you like it!!
I have made a sweet version like this before 🙂 I love quinoa in all forms 🙂 If you want to try something that involves quinoa, but since I know it is not a favourite of yours, try to make a pizza crust or omelet with some quinoa added into it 🙂 I have done that before (because I LOVE quinoa) and mmmm so good 🙂
oooh definitely gonna try it in my pizza crust!
hmmm i may have to try something like this. quinoa for breakfast… idk why i never thought of that 😉
haha don’t feel bad. it took me a long time to think of it too!
Meredith @ DareYouTo says
Yepp…. pinned it. Gotta try it. I love everything in it but never ever considered putting them together. You so creative, Lindsay 😉
awww thanks girl! let me know what you think!
Rachel @ The Avid Appetite says
Love quinoa and always forget about it for breakfast! I really need to get on this, they look fantastic!
i know. i never thought about it for breakfast either until lately!
Talia @ Bite Size Wellness says
Always looking for new quinoa recipes…Mmmm! Love when savory goes sweet!
me too!! enjoy!
Adri @FoodieBeFit says
I love quinoa, always make salad with it. I’ve been wanting to experiment on making it with a sweet quick. This might just be my first try.
Adri @FoodieBeFit says
awesome!!! hope you like it 🙂
Mattie @ Comfy and Confident says
Yum! This look so good and a great alternative to oats which I have been having a lot lately!
yeah it was fun to change things up a bit!
Great recipe! I’m also not much of a quinoa fan, but no its super good for you. May have to try this out! Maybe it will turn me into a quinoa lover?
you never know! it might be a good first step 🙂
Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables says
I’m obsessed with quinoa so this is right up my alley!
awesome! let me know if you try it out!
Brittany @Little b's healthy habits says
I’ve had quinoa sitting in my pantry forever and every time I go to reach for it, oats just sound better! I need to just force myself one morning because this looks amazing!
haha i feel ya! i’ve had this giant bag of quinoa forever and i’m JUST now getting to the end of it 🙂
Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats says
This sounds wonderful! 🙂 I love quinoa but I don’t think I have ever tried in a sweet form. Will definitely have to do it as a little change up from oats!
yes! give it a try for sure 🙂
do you think this would have gone well with my berry salmon?? hehe, jk. But i would have eaten for dessert fo sure!
berry salmon with berry quinoa…for the win!
can i figure out calories for this quinoa? thanks!
it would depend what toppings you used! But you could certainly calculate it.
Matt @ The Athlete's Plate says
Coming over for breakfast tomorrow!
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
This looks so good! I’ve actually never tried quinoa for breakfast before because I just love my oats too much for breakfast. 😛 But I want to try this!
My favourite way to eat quinoa is with chickpeas, feta, parsley, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice and olive oil. I love making a huge batch for lunches all week!
oooh i do like adding feta to it!! yumm
Pure2raw twins says
yum! we made a strawberry coconut quinoa the other week, love how quinoa can be made sweet or savory
me too! i never thought about it being so versatile until recently!
hmmm tough call. this one is quite different than any other quinoa recipe i’ve had so i’d probably start with a more traditional recipe. try rinsing it and cooking it in chicken or veggie broth and then using it instead of rice in a stir fry!
Leonor @FoodFaithFitness says
I’ve never thought of making Quinoa for breakfast. Looks yummy!
I love mixing quinoa, greek yogurt, and fruit for breakfast, this looks like a delicious alternative! Definitely going to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe!
Kristen @ Miami Housewife says
I wish I had a great recipe to contribute but I’ve never quite understood the love for quinoa. However, this looks really good (and easy)- might have to give it a try this week!
Brittany @ Delights and Delectables says
I am so making this! Can I just move in???
Oh my goodness, that looks DIVINE!! I will have to try this out!
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
I was working on a breakfast quinoa a few months ago, but got tired of it before I got it to where I really loved it. Maybe I should try again.
yes! give it another try!
YUM! Going to try this with some coconut and choc chips. THANKS!