Coconut Breakfast Quinoa

How to make the best breakfast quinoaQuinoa for breakfast isn’t the typical. I feel like oatmeal is the big winner of breakfast and quinoa shows up in salads for lunch or as the grain for dinner. The very first time I ever heard of quinoa being a breakfast food it was at a little restaurant in Nashville. I was visiting Trey (my then new boyfriend), and now, he’s my husband. I still remember that breakfast. It’s funny how big moments often show up so unannounced and seemingly mundane. I also remember I pronounced the word quinoa quite incorrectly in front of him. This is a thing you should know about me-I’m pretty sure I’ll be famous for it one day, but I find a way to mispronounce everything! It’s a disease!Toasted coconut and berries breakfast quinoaAnyway. Breakfast quinoa. It’s awesome. This version is slightly sweet with crunch walnuts and coconut. The coconut is key. If you have a morning sweet tooth, but crave something healthy, I cannot recommend this enough. Breakfast quinoa recipeCoconut Breakfast Quinoa, serves one.

1 cup coconut milk (or any milk can)
1/2 cup quinoa (I used regular and red)
2 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup
a small pinch of cinnamon
a small pinch of salt
2-3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut, toasted
2-3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
a splash of cream or coconut milk if you want to keep it non-dairy
a small handful of berries

First, rinse the quinoa well. This helps to take that (sometimes) bitter edge off of it. In a small pot, heat the milk until almost boiling. Pour in the quinoa, give it a good stir and place the lid on top. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. During the last three minutes of cooking remove the lid. Once it’s done cooking, stir in the cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. Taste and add a bit more sweetener if you like.How to toast coconutWhile the quinoa is cooking toast the coconut and nuts in a dry pan for a few minutes until brown.Easy breakfast quinoaServe with a splash of cream. You can also easily double this recipe (no need to change the cooking time) to serve two. Happy breakfast! xo. Emma

Note: If you’re enjoying this as part of the Weekday Weekend Challenge be sure to use maple syrup as the sweetener and stick with non-dairy, unsweetened milk options.

Coconut Breakfast Quinoa

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk or any milk can
  • 1/2 cup quinoa I used regular and red
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or maple syrup
  • a small pinch of cinnamon
  • a small pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut toasted
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped walnuts toasted
  • a splash of cream or coconut milk if you want to keep it non-dairy
  • a small handful of berries

Instructions

  • First, rinse the quinoa well. This helps to take that (sometimes) bitter edge off of it. In a small pot, heat the milk until almost boiling. Pour in the quinoa, give it a good stir and place the lid on top. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. During the last three minutes of cooking remove the lid. Once it’s done cooking, stir in the cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. Taste and add a bit more sweetener if you like.
  • While the quinoa is cooking toast the coconut and nuts in a dry pan for a few minutes until brown.

Notes

You can also easily double this recipe (no need to change the cooking time) to serve two.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • I’ve been on the fence about quinoa for awhile now, I think this recipe may tip me over! I love anything coconut! Do you know if this keeps well? I’m thinking it would be great to make a big batch for a few days worth and just reheat a serve? Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to try 🙂

  • This looks so delicious, I’m trying it tonight! I’m always looking for high protein breakfasts. Thanks for posting.

  • I tried this today and it was so delicious I had to share it over on my blog – linking back to you of course! http://talesofadventureblog.com/2014/01/24/the-most-delicious-breakfast-you-will-ever-eat-in-your-life/

    I had never thought to try quinoa as a breakfast food but it was so yummy! I only recently discovered this blog and I’m already a dedicated follower – and fan of the app! More please!

    Laura xx

  • I bought the ingredients to make this tonight. Is it wrong that I’m looking forward to breakfast already and it’s not even bedtime yet?

    Thanks for sharing!
    Laura xx

  • YUM! I am pumped about this! I currently have too much quinoa cooked, and am sick of it on salads and sides! Tomorrow it becomes morning fuel! Also, Bob’s Red Mill brand of Quinoa is the first I’ve had that I have not had to rinse, it tastes great every time (to me at least) without the extra step;)

  • First of, this sounds very delicious. Only, recently I read an article that made me a bit reluctant to frequently use quinoa. As a vegeterian, I certainly love the stuff. However, my main goal is still to live ecologically, and quinoa just isn’t the answer to that.

    Here’s the link to the article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-truth-quinoa.

    I realize it’s shortsighted to stop eating quinoa because of a small article in the paper, but we should be aware what our consumption does to/with the people who grow our food. Personally I’m a big fan of short-chain supply. And in that line of thought, most of your recipes and projects here fit in there perfectly. Only, for me, no coconut or (too much) quinoa.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Yummyyyyy coconut is my favourite! Will have to try!
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  • Mmm, this looks absolutely delicious! I love coconut and quinoa, so this would be a winning combo, I’m sure 🙂 also, did I spy a Chemex?! Would love if you did a tutorial on how to use one/a review of how you like yours…thinking about getting one!

  • Mmm, this sounds delicious! I love having whole grains for breakfast and this is such a great spin on the idea!

    XOXO
    Becca | http://ladyfaceblog.blogspot.com

  • Thank you for sharing. When I first heard of quinoa about 10 years ago, I thought it was like a high protein oat. So the only way I have ever eaten it was like oatmeal with a little brown sugar and milk. I always thought it was so good. Then I learned it’s usually used more like a rice. haha. Oh well. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Good recipe. Because I’m from Perú, I’m use to eat quinua (espanish for quinoa ) for breakfast, lunch or diner. You can comsume it as a hot beverage too. It’s really good in winter.

  • I very much enjoy quinoa for breakfast. Your recipe looks like a fantastic version.

  • Hooray for quinoa! Millet is another great breakfast grain, w cooked apples.

    Recently discovered quinoa w kale and chopped Brussels sprouts.

  • I have been curious about the quinoa for breakfast dishes and this one looks like a winner – might have to try it out this weekend!

    Meghan xo

  • Quinoa for breakfast? I guess I just never thought it could be eaten in the morning…but I don’t see why not! This sounds yummy!

    xo Denise
    lovelybohemian.blogspot.com

  • Trying this tomorrow AM. Fact.

    Sophie x

    http://your-girl-is-lovely.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thanks for the idea, I only ate quinoa with soy and vegetables XDD good idea
    now I can´t eat gluten :(, this can help me for breakfast or snack
    xo Ruzu.

  • Im definitely going to have to try that! I also really love the dishware! That bowl is so cute!
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  • I just made this! I had cows milk, desiccated coconut and blueberries and I added flaked almonds to the coconut and walnut mix. My son loved it (he’s 10) and I can only imagine it would be fantastic with coconut milk and flaked coconut. I used 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups milk (double the mix above) but half would have been enough for two.

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  • This sounds delish. I really enjoy adding coconut to my oatmeal so this sounds perfect. I can’t wait to try it.

    Krystal

  • This looks so refreshing! Especially with the berries! LOVE it!

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  • I love coconut & quinoa! This sounds delicious!
    Kristin
    Crumbs & Curls

  • Holy crap this looks amazing! I can’t wait to make this bowl of yum.
    Thanks so much for sharing! I think I’ll try it with Almonds 🙂

  • Need to try. Looks tasty, plus I love coconut.
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  • That looks super awesome, I’d love to try that for breakky. Thanks for posting!

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  • This looks so good. I make a similar breakfast item! Apple, Banana, Cinnamon Quinoa! http://www.everydayembellished.ca/2014/01/abc-quinoa.html

  • Coconut and blackberries right? What a refreshing idea.
    By the way, how is this “gadget” that you made filter coffee in called?

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  • that’s it, i officially need to add more coconut to my life!

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  • great suggestion for an healthy breakfast! I want to start eating porridge every morning, you can be so creative and eat it with jam, honey, bananas, nuts, berries… endless list. It’s so important to start the day with a plate full of nutrients to give us the energy to face the day. Your food pics are always so yuuuuuummmieeee!!!

  • This sounds yummy. I’m trying to make more healthy things and quinoa is definitely on my shopping list so maybe I’ll give this a try!

  • Quinoa is really good in terms of protein…so it keeps you fuller for longer. x

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  • This looks amaaaazing. And my mother in law still pronounces it “quih-no-nuh” so you’re not alone….

  • It’s a chemex. It’s my favorite way to make coffee at home. 🙂
    -Emma

  • This looks delicious! I saw a recipe over on Elise Blaha’s blog a week or so ago and thought it sounded a bit strange for a breakfast item, but the idea is definitely growing on me and this recipes really looks great!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • this recipe sounds delicious! i’ve heard about quinoa for breakfast before, but have never tried it!
    i’m definitely bringing home some quinoa from the supermarket next week. thanks for sharing!
    xo, cheyenne

  • so awesome!! thanks for sharing emma. oatmeal is often (always) the star of my breakfast, but I can’t wait to try something new! I may add a pinch of nutmeg too! hope you had a magical birthday with trey, elsie & fam xo

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