Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Quinoa

Yes. Quinoa for breakfast.  Weird, I know.  However, it is January and all, and I am *supposed* to put on a bathing suit in 3 months. Yikes.  Let's not talk about that right now.  Let's talk about breakfast.  I love breakfast food...pretty much anytime of day.  I also love grains...regular oats, steel cut oats, cous cous, you name it.  Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wah" for whatever reason) - not my fave (and I read that technically it is a seed, not a grain, but whatev.)  I have made it a couple of times before and it just tasted....earthy.  Which is my nice way of saying it tasted kinda like dirt.  I figured it was because I wasn't cooking it correctly - and I was correct. 

When I saw this recipe for Quinoa Porridge from Closet Cooking, I knew I had to give quinoa another try.  It is really good for you and I have been determined to incorporate it into our diet.  And by "our" I mean "mine" at the moment.  I'm working on winning everyone else over.

Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Quinoa adapted from Closet Cooking

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond-Coconut milk (can use any milk you like)
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup blueberries

  • Toppings - Pecans, Sprinkle of turbinado sugar, more Almond-Coconut milk (optional)

Bring the quinoa, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer (covered) for about 15 minutes or until tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.  Remove from heat, stir in blueberries.  

For serving - add choice of toppings.  I added pecans, turbinado sugar and more milk.  (Makes 2 servings)

Verdict?  Yummy-licious.  A warm, filling breakfast, that doesn't taste earthy ;-)  You can reduce the calories by using a low fat, low sugar milk (The Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk is only 45 calories per serving); sugar free syrup, and skip the raw sugar on top or use Stevia or something instead.  It just depends on how sweet you like it.  I am glad that I have found a way to enjoy quinoa, and I have been experimenting with other breakfast flavors too.  I will post the pumpkin pie version later!


  1. I like quinoa, but have never tried it for breakfast. The blueberries and maple syrup in your recipe sounds really good.

    1. Thanks Janel! Your new novella sounds like a fun read!

  2. I want some now!!! that looks fantastic!!!

  3. Hi Kim,
    What a great bowl for breakfast, it looks very healthy and delicious. Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  4. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you Miz Helen! I've already picked up my red plate!



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