Breakfast Quinoa

It’s easy to get into a breakfast rut.  For Meghan and Tim, it’s smoothies.  For me, it’s oatmeal.  Both are great breakfast choices, but if you eat anything 7 days a week you’re bound to get sick of it eventually.  This recipe was my attempt to shake up our breakfasts.  {The chocolate waffles were wonderful, but we can’t eat those everyday either, now can we?}

Quinoa is a perfect breakfast food.  It has twice the amount of protein of other grains, and it’s one of the few plant foods that contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.  Having a breakfast with protein is a great way to keep you full longer.  It’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium, fiber, zinc, and iron.  Add the omega 3′s and healthy fat from the walnuts, the vitamin C and phytonutrients from the orange juice, and potassium from the banana, and this breakfast packs in some serious nutrition.

Okay, it’s good for you.  Great.  But how does it taste?  Delightful.  Somehow it’s light and comforting at the same time.  The flavors and texture were perfect.  I wish I would have gotten around to making quinoa for breakfast sooner.  The idea’s been swirling around in my head for a while, but I haven’t tried it until now.  So glad I did.

Yes, this takes a little bit more time than standard oatmeal, but it’s totally worth it.  You can also make this the night before and heat it up in the morning if you have rushed mornings that don’t allow time for quinoa to cook.  Just cook the quinoa the night before, reheat and stir in the mashed banana and maple syrup in the morning.  For Meghan, I chop the walnuts to almost a crumb.  For an even younger baby, you can leave the walnuts out all together.


  1. says

    I love quinoa for breakfast and like it (and other grains) with coconut milk and a drizzle of honey. I like the cinnamon/nutmeg option too. Do your kids eat quinoa for breakfast? Not sure mine would, though they are good eaters.

    • Maryea says

      Yep, Meghan ate this for breakfast today. :-) Although she called it “atemeal” (her word for oatmeal) so I’m not sure she knew she was eating quinoa.

  2. says

    I want to love quinoa. I think I’ve told you this before. So I want to work on that. If I could get it to be slightly less crunchy…
    The orange sounds like a lovely complement for a breakfast dish.

  3. Jess says

    I just made your recipe and it is deeelicious! I love quinoa and can’t wait to share it with others. Yum yum!

  4. says

    trying this recipe at the moment … thanks for the tips .. lately i have been experimenting alot with quinoa for breakfast …. we have a swimming competition later on today … so we wanted to have a good healthy breakfast … thanks for sharing !!

  5. katie d says

    I just made this–so delicious! I omitted the orange because I didn’t have any, but the dish was still very flavorful. I topped it with sliced strawberries for some added color :)

    I made a half recipe and used a 1:2 quinoa to liquid ratio, so it took me much longer than 12 min to cook–a little less than 20 min.

  6. maggie says

    This is perfect! I’ve been looking for a new breakfast alternative to my yogurt, berry, and homemade granola standard, and this hit the spot! I just recently found your blog and I’m in love. I made the chickpea-peanut butter balls the other day and they’re a perfect fueling snack. I’m going to fool my family during the holidays with these much healthier, but still sinful tasting, treats. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    • Maryea says

      Thanks, Maggie! I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes. I’m thinking the same thing about the chickpea balls over the holidays. No one will know they are healthy! ;-)

  7. Amanda says

    I’m not sure what it is about this dish but sadly, thew few times my boyfriend and I have made this, I’ve felt sick after eating it ! :( It tasted yummy but didn’t sit well in my stomach. My boyfriend felt fine! We’re stumped as to what happened, but am going to try your new Nutty Apple Quinoa dish in hopes that it likes me back!

    • Maryea says

      That’s really strange. Did you use a different kind of milk than your stomach is used to? I’m sorry that happened! I hope the apple version is nicer to your stomach!


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