Jump-start your day with this Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa- a hearty whole grain dish!
Start your day off right with this nutritious whole grain breakfast. Quinoa might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of breakfast dishes but it’s a nice alternative to traditional oatmeal and it cooks up quickly. Quinoa is an ancient grain with spectacular health benefits. It’s packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals- no wonder the Incas referred to it as the Mother Grain!
Quinoa can be cooked in milk instead of water, which will give it a slightly creamier consistency. I use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe but you can use any type of milk like regular milk or coconut milk. Then you just top it with your favorite ingredients for a filling breakfast that will jump-start your day.
My favorite combination of toppings is fresh strawberries with toasted almonds and coconut but go ahead and experiment with your own favorite ingredients. A combination of diced apples, cinnamon, raisins and sunflower seeds would also be delicious. Or maybe you'd like a tropical version with coconut milk, diced mango and pineapple.
If you’re like me and are usually pressed for time in the mornings, you can make this dish the night before and reheat it when you get up. The liquid gets absorbed as it sits so when reheating, stir in a few tablespoons of milk for a creamy texture.
Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa
Jump-start your day with this Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa- a hearty whole grain dish!Print Pin Rate
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (can substitute any type of milk)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
- 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut, toasted
- Place the quinoa and 2 cups almond milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is done (10-15 minutes). Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Divide the quinoa between 4 bowls and top with equal portions of strawberries, almonds and coconut. Serve immediately.
Serving: 0g | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.4g | Protein: 7.6g | Fat: 6.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen says
This is a gorgeous breakfast bowl! I've only made breakfast quinoa once before, and this one looks heavenly!
Thanks so much Ashley!
Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies says
I have been looking for new breakfast idea's, and this definitely fits the bill! I never considered making quinoa with milk... I will be trying this!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it 🙂
Very tasty, I will definitely try to cook this for the weekend
Thanks! I hope you enjoyed it!
Kathleen Uhran says
I still have yet to make a breakfast quinoa recipe, but this looks delicious. Can I use honey instead of maple syrup? It's all I have on hand...Thanks for sharing! XOXO And yes to everything coconut! 🙂
Honey would work great! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂
Min Kwon says
I've actually never cooked quinoa in milk before, but I know that I'm going to love it! A def must try for sure ;). I, too, love the strawberries + coconut combination!
Thank you my friend 🙂 Definitely give it a try, I think you'll love it too!
Heather @ Nutty Nutrition says
When I was hiking Machu Picchu in Peru we had breakfast quinoa every morning and it was amazing! Love this recipe!
Thanks Heather! Hiking in Machu Picchu sounds amazing!
Arman Liew says
Sonali it's your weekly stalker here. Hi.
I love how you've been altering the grains here- I've been trying out new ones too for breakfast and even though quinoa has been something I've been wary of, I need to try it out!
Haha, your stalking is always welcome! Definitely give it a try Arman, it's great for breakfast! Thanks 🙂
I may or may not have just done a dance of joy (it had to be an internal dance because my foster kitty is currently lying on top of me) because I have everything that this recipe calls for. Everyyything! <3 <3 <3! Can't wait to make it!
Woohoo!! Talk about serendipity- enjoy!
Ashley C. says
Quinoa with strawberries is one of my go-to favorite dishes! I actually eat it for dinner quite often when I am feeling lazy and don't want to make anything else. The addition of the coconut topping is perfect!
I had a feeling the Strawberry Queen would like this dish 🙂 Thanks so much Ashley!
Rebecca Pytell says
This was meant for me 😉
This looks so delicious, Sonali! LOVE breakfast. Is it weird that sometimes when I got to bed at night I get excited about waking up to eat breakfast?! haha!
That sounds totally normal to me!! Thanks Erin, I always appreciate you stopping by 🙂
Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says
This looks tasty! It's always nice to have more grain options at breakfast!
Thanks Elizabeth, I totally agree!
Soymilk + Honey says
I love the idea of cooking the quinoa in milk! Yum!
Thanks, it's perfect for breakfast!
Had coconut quinoa for breakfast this morning! Missed the strawberries though - this looks great!! May need to have this more often!
Great minds think alike 🙂
Ben Maclain says
I love quinoa but have never incorporated it in our breakfast. That sounds great, and I've got to give this idea a try, sooner or later. Good job Sonali!
Thanks so much Ben!
Tawnie Kroll says
Perfect alternative to oatmeal! Great idea, yum!
Shashi Charles says
Sonali - I would have loved to have had this for breakfast - It's been so long since I had quinoa in the morning (I used to make mine with chocolate and PB) but, since strawberries seem to be a favorite in my house currently, this bowl, with almonds and coconut - why, this is a breakfast that I could eat for lunch and dinner too! So Yum!
Thanks Shashi! Quinoa, chocolate and PB sounds amazing! Will definitely have to give that a try!
Katie Serbinski says
I would have never thought to cook quinoa in milk but now you have me sold! I'm definitely trying this recipe as an alternative to oatmeal!
That's awesome, I hope you like it! Thanks 🙂