Sunday, January 6, 2013

Breakfast Quinoa

Quinoa, a high protein seed that originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, and Peru, has been classified by the National Academy of Sciences as one of the best sources of protein in the vegetable kingdom. It also provides all of the eight essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. I've make a Quinoa Salad, but that was the extent of my quinoa consumption...until Breakfast Quinoa!!!

1 cup quinoa
2 cups milk or milk substitute
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or brown sugar) 
1/4 tablespoon cinnamon 
a dash of vanilla is good, too (optional)
fruit for the top


Combine the milk and quinoa in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered until most of the water is absorbed. Stir in sugar and cinnamon, recover, and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed. Approximate cooking time is 15 minutes. Top with fruit and enjoy!

Buy Organic Quinoa here:
truRoots Organic Quinoa 100% Whole Grain Premium Quality 4 lbs Bag

UPDATE: Healthy living is a constant learning journey. Since this post I have discovered that quinoa should be soaked before cooking. Here's why: Living with Phytic Acid
Here's how to do it: Basic Quinoa (soaked)


  1. Hi Natalie. Do you make your own hemp milk??

    1. Hi Erin! I have been buying it, but I was actually just talking about trying to make my own. There is an ingredient called carrageenan in the brand that I like that I have been reading bad things about. Besides fresher is always better. I think I may try to make it this week. I will let you know how it goes. :)

    2. Hi Erin! I finally found the time to try and make my own hemp milk. It was really easy. Just wrote a blog post! Hope your garden is doing well and you are too. :)

  2. Hello Nathalie! Thank you for bringing over your breakfast quinoa to my Breakfast & Brunch Recipe Party! I gathered all the recipes on my blog with a link to each recipe. Tell me which one is your favorite in comments below the post and get a chance to win 3 French copper molds for professional bakers! :)

  3. Quinoa doesn't have the coating that needs to be soaked? Thanks!

  4. Yes to properly prepare quinoa it should be soaked first. I wrote this in 2013 in the early years of my health journey. Thanks for pointing this out! I will update post.