Breakfast Quinoa


Breakfast, yes breakfast again.  Honestly I find cooking quinoa to be a pain in the arse.   I inevitably get the little grains all over the place.  Probably just me.  Here is my latest breakfast creation my goal to incorporate quinoa for a meat/egg free protein boost.   Another breakfast with grains.  I had some spare almond milk from the lemon oatmeal ricotta  pancakes so I figured I would use that as the liquid for a nutty breakfast quinoa.

Breakfast Quinoa
Author: Jacky Hackett
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Serves: 4
  • 1 c. quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 c. blueberries
  • 1 1/3 c. pineapple
  • 4 t. brown sugar
  1. Combine quinoa, milk and water in a pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover the pot, simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Turn off heat stir in cinnamon and let sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Top each serving with blueberries, pineapple and brown sugar.


Pineapple and blueberry is my current favorite fruit combination, but obviously any fruit combination would work.  Strawberries and banana, kiwis and mango, peaches, whatever strikes your fancy (or is on sale).  I was planning to top this all off with some sliced almonds but turned out we did not have any.

The serving size is very generous and is filling (my number one criteria in breakfast) but not heavy.  The almond milk adds a touch of richness, the brown sugar a light sweetness.  This is a good option for a make ahead work day breakfast because it can be eaten, hot cold or room temp.

I am sending this off to BSI Breakfast, look forward to the recap on Monday for even more new breakfast options.  In the meantime, anyone have tricks for rinsing quinoa easier?

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  1. Aimee says:

    I have a big container of prepared quinoa in the fridge. This is perfect. I never think to use it for breakfast. I can’t wait to give it a try. I love the pineapple/blueberry combo too.

  2. Biz says:

    Great BSI entry Jacky! I haven’t cooked with quinoa in a while – I need to try it again. 😀

    Enjoy your Sunday!

  3. Kiri W. says:

    Can’t be worse than oats – I adore oatmeal, but I seem to be incapable of preparing them without epic boil-over. Sigh.
    I’ve never had quinoa, but I want to – and a breakfast version sounds pretty amazing!

  4. Jane says:

    This sounds so good, I love quinoa – but I have the same problem! Those little grains get all over the place! Ummm so to be honest, I don’t rinse it because it is such a pain….

  5. Barbra says:

    Looks delish and fast! Thank you. I actually purchase ready to eat quinoa, but before I started doing that, I would “line” the colander with a piece of paper towel and rinse. Hope this helps.

  6. Lynn Lekander says:

    I’ve rinsed quinoa in a fine mesh strainer where I’ve also placed some cheesecloth. Keeps the little grains from moving about – the cheesecloth can be scraped off into the pan. Don’t know if it’s a great idea but it works for me.

  7. Henrietta Lala (Granny Lala) says:

    Quinoa seeds have a coating of bitter-tasting chemicals called saponins, that make their seeds less-palatable to birds and other seed-eaters. Saponins are mildly toxic, and must be removed by soaking for a few hours, then changing the water and soaking again. One can never be sure if they have been rinsed prior to packaging, and if you could see where some of this grain is stored/processed you would want to rinse off the dust that might be on it, not to mention if any little buggies or rodents were running around the storage areas.

  8. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out says:

    Confession: I hate rinsing quinoa so much (I also always end up with little quinoa seeds everywhere!) that I sometimes skip rinsing it altogether. Bad girl, I know. Sometimes I can find the quinoa that doesn’t need to be rinsed, which I find to be a major help.

    Love the breakfast version of quinoa!

  9. Daisy@Nevertoosweet says:

    Great recipe 🙂 Congratulations for being Top 9! I’ve never cooked with quinoa at home but have had it else where and it’s great ~ Breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day hehe

  10. Jamie says:

    I know I’m late to the party, but I just bought Quinoa and absolutely love it. Breakfast, dinner, in salads – it’s my new fave – love the recipe you posted – can’t wait to try it!

  11. Lisa says:

    I’m soooo glad I found this recipe! I’ve been eating wheat free and dairy free since October, and have been looking for something besides oatmeal or rice chex to eat for breakfast. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  12. SkinnySimpleRecipes says:

    Quinoa is my favorite after rice. I use it a lot for salads but never for breakfast. Also I agree with you that Almond milk is amazing…I use it every morning with my oats…so tasty. I’ve got to try it with quinoa soon. Thanks

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