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Quick-Quinoa Breakfast


New Quinoa recipe number two… Quinoa Porridge!

I’ve made this recipe a few times in the past but was recently reminded of it when I saw this post over at Closet Cooking (I love that site, Kevin is always trying something new).

This meal is very much like having oatmeal for breakfast… it’s hot, hearty, and d’lishes PLUS it packs a little extra punch of protein which will helps to give this meal some staying power. I mean really, what’s worse than eating breakfast and then being hungry an hour later?!

This is another one of those, “take-the-idea-and-then-make-it-your-own” recipes. I opted for maple syrup, Goji berries and walnuts but remember to adjust all my recipes (actually ALL recipes) to your liking… add some more milk, play with the sweetners, mix up the fruit and swap the nuts… GO CRAZY! I prefer crazy people anyhow… sane gets boring.

There are no rules here… okay maybe just one… okay two: Keep it simple and make it D’lishes!

Let me know what you guys think… Enjoy!

Quick-Quinoa Breakfast

Yield: Serves 1


  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Goji berries
  • 2 tsp raw walnuts
  • ¼ banana, sliced up
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and/or nutmeg


Combine quinoa, milk, honey and Goji berries in a small saucepan and place over a medium low heat.  Once the mixture comes to a boil, turn it down to a simmer and allow it to cook for about five minutes or so or until the porridge has thickened a bit and is heated through.

Stir in walnuts and bananas and top with cinnamon and nutmeg… Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 388 Fat: 8.5g Saturated Fat: .5g Carbs: 65g Fiber: 6.7g Protein: 14g

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14 Responses to “Quick-Quinoa Breakfast”

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    Kevin — February 15, 2008 @ 6:27 pm

    Maple syrup and goji berries sound like a great way to dress up quinoa for breakfast! I have been wanting to try goji berries for a while now. I will have to pick some up to try.

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    Dani — February 15, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

    Kevin- You’ve got to try them…they are so good and so good for you!

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    Martha McKinnon — February 17, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    I’ve never tried quionoa for breakfast, having just discovered it this summer. Next time I will intentionally make extra so I can give this yummy looking recipe a try. I recently discovered your site and think it’s a wealth of information and inspiration!

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    Dani — February 18, 2008 @ 11:38 am

    Martha – I can’t wait to hear what you think! Enjoy:)

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    Rebecca — February 20, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    Yum! I recently started adding quinoa to rice in my rice cooker to give myself that little extra dose of protein. Oh, and I love using a dash of cinnamon in porridge or even plain yogurt. Makes it feel sweet without having to add any sugar. Love your site Dani!

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    Anticiplate — February 20, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    This looks great! I think a tablespoon of coconut oil over the top would take it over the edge!!! Delicious.

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    Dani — February 21, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    Rebecca – I’m with you on the cinnamon:)…I love nutmeg as well. You’re right, they add a natural sweetness without having to use any sugar!!

    Anticiplate – Oh, now that sounds FANTASTIC!

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    Anticiplate — February 23, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    So, I made my version of this for breakfast this morning! It was so good. Thanks for the inspiration. My “picky” husband liked it too.

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    Stephanie — April 19, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    I made this today and just lovedddddddddddd it! I added chopped walnuts, craisins and a chopped up gala apple. I also used skim milk and a little Da’Vinci’s vanilla syrup.

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    Dani — April 19, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

    Stephanie – So glad to hear it! Your stir0ins sound really good!!

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    Kelly — September 23, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

    Are goji berries hard to find? I wanted to change my breakfast up and start using quinoa more often, I love it! This looks delicious!

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    Tanya — July 31, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    I made this yummy breakfast for a week straight! What a fantastic idea! these were my variations: 1) whole milk, dried cranberries, banana and candied pecans 2) raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and almond milk (I cooked the quinoa in the almond milk, would not recommend if you’re in a hurry, it was like making rissoto, took forevvvver)this one was sadly missing the banana. even my husband, who is a bacon and eggs kind of guy enjoyed it. Thank you Dani!

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    Christie — October 26, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    I just made quinoa for the first time because I wanted to try this recipe. I ended up making 2 cups(the whole box) because to make enough for the week. I made it with water because I went by the box directions instead of these but I think it worked out well. When it was done cooking I added unsweetened soy, honey, and cinnamon. It was a wonderful surprise, i cant wait to try more variations.Thank!

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      Dani — October 28, 2014 @ 9:47 am

      that sounds delish.

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