You don’t need a long list of ingredients to make a fantastic dish! This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl only requires 7 ingredients that aren’t hard to find in your pantry. In less than 20 minutes, you’ll be eating a balanced, nutritious, and delicious breakfast to start your day.
If you’re used to eating oats for breakfast, be it sweet or savory, then this dish isn’t as different. Quinoa is a gluten-free superfood that would be an alternative for those who have an intolerance to gluten. It also has higher protein content and less fat compared to oats. But, if you’re unsure of how to make quinoa for breakfast, just think of how you usually make oats. Since we’re fans of breakfasts that taste like dessert, the sweet-tart of pineapple and chewy coconut flakes combined with maple syrup complements our creamy quinoa soaked in almond milk really well!
This quinoa breakfast bowl recipe is not restricting you to only use pineapple. But we’re also not saying using pineapple itself would be insufficient ‘cause it’s a source of antioxidants like vitamin C, which boosts our immunity, and manganese which is responsible for our brain and nerve function.
Just like topping your oats or smoothies, you can use apples, raspberries, peaches, bananas, and blueberries. If you want creamier porridge-style quinoa, add another ½ cup of almond milk. A dash of cinnamon and clove wouldn’t hurt too. For those who aren’t allergic to nuts, toast in some pecans before adding your quinoa and almond milk to the pan. You’ll have a crunchy texture with your mushy quinoa breakfast bowl. Other non-dairy substitutes are oat, soy, and hemp milk.
Wondering which type of quinoa to use? White quinoa has the most subtle taste among all kinds of quinoa. Black is more earthy, on the sweeter side, and takes the longest to cook, while red has a nutty flavor and chewier texture. There are other colors of quinoa, but these three are the most common ones. Some quinoa is packaged in a multi-colored way, so you can also experiment with those to enjoy the benefits of different kinds.
Check out our InstantPot Millet Porridge for another whole grain breakfast recipe. These recipes are part of the 21-Day Meal Plan for a Healthy Liver post. Click on the link to learn more about foods to eat and which lifestyle choices to avoid.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
- 2 tsp coconut flakes
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp pineapple
- Rinse quinoa. On a saucepan, simmer almond milk, vanilla extract, salt, and quinoa for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir for another 3 minutes.
- Top with coconut flakes, maple syrup and apple.