Cold mornings call for a warm, hearty, flavorful breakfast. But sometimes oats can feel too heavy, pancakes can seem too time intensive, and scrambled eggs just feel… boring. Sure, we can pop some bread in the toaster and call it a day, but there’s a better option.
While quinoa is commonly served as a side dish or protein-packed salad topper, it makes a great a.m. dish too. Suitable for both sweet and savory add-ins and easy to throw together in minutes, breakfast quinoa is pretty much the perfect weekday morning meal.
We rounded up nine healthy and easy recipes to get you started with your quinoa adventure, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Experiment with everything from bacon and cheese to nut butters and fruit—basically anything tastes good!
All you need are a few good ingredients to make breakfast seem special. Here, the blogger sticks to vanilla almond milk (we like using unsweetened to keep it extra healthy), cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, cooked quinoa, sliced almonds, and fresh berries to create one of the easiest breakfasts ever. Tip: Make a large pot of quinoa ahead of time to keep the cook time to five minutes (or less)!
We’re game for pretty much anything covered in melted peanut butter. This quinoa dish is cooked in coconut milk (though any milk will do), vanilla, and a dash of sweet spices, and topped with apples, creamy PB, and a handful of pecans. To make it extra gourmet, toast the apple slices and pecans while the quinoa is cooking.
Who doesn’t love eating chocolate for breakfast? We sure do, which is why we created this cocoa-infused recipe. Sweetened with honey, mashed banana, and vanilla extract, it tastes like a decadent dessertbut makes for an awesome pre- or post-workout snack or easy breakfast. For a little crunch, top with cacao nibs or chopped pistachios.
Skillets aren’t limited to eggs and giant cookies—they produce delicious quinoa bakes too. Made with coconut oil, dates, shredded coconut, and nuts, this recipe looks as incredible as it tastes. Top with fresh berries for an extra fancy feel (and to boost yourantioxidant intake), and make sure to save extra for the weekends, when you have a little extra time to cook.
OK, so berries and milk make for great breakfast quinoa—we’re sure you’ve picked up on that by now. But what makes this recipe special is the addition of maple syrup, the coconut trifecta (coconut oil, coconut milk, and shredded coconut), and our favorite antioxidant source: blueberries. For extra protein, top with a tablespoon of chia or hemp seeds.
Fresh baked banana bread not only smells like a dream, but it also tastes like one. Unfortunately it isn’t always the healthiest (with added sugars and butter galore) and isn’t ideal for those avoiding gluten. This recipe brings out the best banana bread flavors but sticks to nutritious ingredients like quinoa, walnuts, almond milk, and natural sweeteners so you can have the best of both worlds.
Did you give up your mocha habit for New Years? Punish your taste buds no more by opting for this breakfast quinoa, which uses coffee, coconut water, vegan chocolate chips, and a coconut cream topping to create a treat that’s arguably better than the sugar-laden coffee shop favorite. (Hey, we say splurge on milk chocolate chips if you feel like it!)
This recipe is for the dairy lovers. Made with regular milk, organic grains, agave, toasted pecans, and seasonal berries, it tastes like a healthier version of berry crisp. If breakfast isn’t your thing, serve as dessert with a small scoop of ice cream on top. YUM.
The seasonal pumpkin craze may have passed, but it’s still a fun (and healthy) flavor to cook with. Use pumpkin purée, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, chopped pecans, and uncooked quinoa in this dish, and you’ll remember why pumpkin spice is such a popular trend—whether it’s fall or not.