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Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

 Sometimes I want something warm for breakfast, but different than my regular oatmeal. This breakfast quinoa bowl is unique and only takes about 15 minutes to prepare. No added sugar because the fruit is all the sweetener needed.

Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

This quinoa is such a great recipe because it’s…

  • A unique breakfast food
  • Packed with protein
  • Simple to make
  • Fruity
  • Warm
  • Comforting
  • Delicious

Is quinoa breakfast food?

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Quinoa is a highly nutritious grain that was a staple in the diet of the ancient Incas. It has a delicious flavor and a light, fluffy texture. It’s also packed with protein!

While it is commonly served as a side or main dish for dinner, it can also be a delicious healthy breakfast bowl.

It cooks on the stovetop, microwave, or steamer just like rice in about 15 minutes.

how to cook quinoa
Quinoa is an ancient grain that is full of fiber and protein.

Nutrition in quinoa

Quinoa is packed with essential nutrients — and has a high nutritional value, according to a 2009 review in “Advances in Food and Nutrition Research.”

Authors of this review point out that quinoa is a pseudograin that has an impressive protein content of 15 percent, and one of the few plant-based, complete protein foods.

Quinoa is packed with numerous essential vitamins and minerals, while being free from dietary cholesterol and low in sodium.

According to the USDA, vitamins and minerals abundant in quinoa are vitamin E, folate, B vitamins, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and even a small amount of calcium.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from becoming damaged, and potassium helps offset sodium’s negative effects on blood pressure, notes MedlinePlus.–LiveStrong

Cooking tips

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

If you prefer a creamy warm breakfast, Use an immersion blender to puree for just a few seconds. A regular blender can also be used by simply transferring half the fruited quinoa to the blender, then returning to the pan when done.

I used to do this but found over time that I prefer it unblended.

Fruited Quinoa being blended
Blending with an immersion blender is a step I used to add, but now love this recipe without any blending.

I love to make this with raisins and dried apricots. It can also be made with other delicious options like mango, peaches, and berries. They can be fresh or dried, whichever is your preference.

When we make this recipe in the Food for Life nutrition education and cooking classes, participants are always amazed by how sweet it taste without any added sugar or sweeteners.

Plant-based vegan sausage makes a great addition when serving this for breakfast. It is one of the many products that I like to order from MamaSezz meal delivery service. It comes ready to heat and eat, and it can also be frozen.

This recipe from the Physicians Committee, Food for Life classes.

Nutritional information, per 1/2-cup serving

  • Calories: 106
  • Fat: 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Calories from Fat: 12.3%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.4 g
  • Sugar: 8.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 26 mg
  • Calcium: 90 mg
  • Iron: 1.5 mg
  • Vitamin C: 3.1 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 302 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.9 mg

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Fruited Quinoa

Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

Yield: 1 serving
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Wholesome recipe for hot quinoa breakfast cereal. Quinoa is a highly nutritious grain that was a staple in the diet of the ancient Incas. It has a delicious flavor and a light, fluffy texture. To adjust the serving size on any of my recipes, simply enter the desired number of servings in the 'servings' box under the ingredients, and the program will automatically adjust the ingredient amounts.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cups vanilla almond milk, or any plant milk
  • 2 Tbsp raisins
  • 1 cup apricots, fresh, dried, or canned
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Slice apricots into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Rinse uncooked quinoa well.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa, plant milk, vanilla. Bring to a slow simmer.
  4. Add raisins and apricots, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes.
  5. This step is OPTIONAL. If you prefer a creamy warm breakfast, Use an immersion blender to puree for just a few seconds. A regular blender can also be used by simply transferring half the fruited quinoa to the blender, then returning to the pan when done. Personally, I prefer to skip this step and just eat completely whole.
  6. Spoon into a bowl and serve warm

Notes

 Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 106Total Fat: 1.4gSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gProtein: 2.4g

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Jerry Clark

Monday 19th of August 2019

How is this 6 servings? Are they a few tablespoons each?

Terri Edwards

Monday 19th of August 2019

Ha! Good catch on that typo, Jerry. Thanks so much for letting me know. Yes, this is one serving, and I've corrected it now. :)

Jerry Clark

Saturday 7th of July 2018

Great change from oatmeal. Simple but tasty. Love this lady's flavor combanations.