This quinoa breakfast bowl is flavored with plenty of cinnamon and a great way to switch up breakfast. It’s full of fiber and protein and ready in just 15 minutes!
We’re going there—quinoa for breakfast is my new favorite! You know I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal (except for this savory oatmeal), but I’ve been eating quinoa for breakfast a few times throughout the last week, and I must say I’m a fan. It’s very filling, full of cinnamon flavor and I like the texture better than that of oatmeal.
Truthfully, I tend to neglect quinoa at dinnertime because rice and/or farro tend to be on my mind, so I’m thinking quinoa for breakfast may be the way to go.
QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL INGREDIENTS
- milk of choice
- ground cinnamon
- maple syrup
HOW TO MAKE QUINOA BREAKFAST
Rinse quinoa: Pour quinoa into a fine mesh strainer and then run water over it for 10 seconds, which will help to remove the top coating of the quinoa, which can sometimes taste bitter.
Cook quinoa: Add rinsed quinoa, milk, cinnamon, and syrup to a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer and place a lid on top. Note: keep an eye on the quinoa! If it starts excessively bubbling, place the lid ajar and cook it that way; otherwise, the quinoa will boil over onto your stovetop (I know because this happened to me the first time! Placing the lid ajar helped me to avoid this the second time around).
Serve as-is or with extra milk (my preferred method): You’ll know the quinoa is done once it’s absorbed all of the milk. Now, you can either eat it just like that topped with fruit, or you can pour a little extra milk over top and eat it like cereal. Both ways are delicious!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA
- high in fiber—almost twice as high as rice/oats/barley/etc.
- naturally gluten free
- high in protein
- low in sugar
QUINOA VS. OATMEAL
There isn’t a huge different in breakfast quinoa and breakfast oatmeal. Truthfully, you’ll cook and eat them the same way, and they’re both typically enjoyed warm. The main difference is that quinoa possesses a few extra health benefits (more protein, more fiber) and the texture is different.
OTHER BREAKFAST BOWL RECIPES
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- 1/2 cup dry quinoa rinsed
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- Fruit for topping
- Place rinsed quinoa, milk, cinnamon, and syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer, place a lid on the saucepan and simmer for 15-20 minutes. If the mixture starts bubbling too much, place the lid ajar and cook that way. You'll know it's done once the quinoa has absorbed all of the milk
- Serve quinoa with fresh fruit and maybe a little extra milk over top.