Quinoa for breakfast? It’s not as weird as you think! This Cinnamon and Blackberry Breakfast Quinoa will keep you full and satisfied all morning long. Not to mention, it’s a delicious way to start your day!
(This recipe for Cinnamon and Blackberry Breakfast Quinoa was originally posted in August 2008, but was updated with new photos in 2018).
This post should be alternatively titled ” the perfect breakfast.” I’ve had a mostly-full box of quinoa in my kitchen forever and had no idea what to do with it. Then all the sudden, I started seeing quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, and not quin-o-a, as I may have previously thought. Oops) all over lists of “healthy foods you aren’t eating, but should be,” so I figured something could and should be done immediately. Because it was sitting in my kitchen and I wasn’t eating it. And should be. Done.
I came across this recipe for Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa on the 101 Cookbooks blog and couldn’t stop staring at the picture. Yummm. I’m a sucker for blackberries and needed a little switch from my Special K with Red Berries breakfast (I bought 8 boxes…hey, they were on sale at Walgreen’s) so I knew I needed to make this. Just a few minutes in the kitchen and I had a hearty and healthy breakfast that lasted for days.
CINNAMON AND BLACKBERRY BREAKFAST QUINOA
Think quinoa for breakfast is weird? It’s not! OK, maybe it is a little bit. If you’re simply used to eating it in salads at dinner time, you may think starting your day with it is a bit odd. But quinoa for breakfast is actually a super smart idea because it’s packed with protein, fiber, and iron that will keep you full and satisfied all morning long. It also happens to be one of the only plants that contains a complete protein, which means it provides all the essential amino acids we need. Does it get any better than that??
Put the quinoa in a saucepan with the milk and water and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
Cinnamon and Blackberry Breakfast Quinoa
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1 cup low-fat milk (or dairy or dairy substitute of your choice)
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 4 tsp agave or honey
- Put quinoa in a saucepan with milk and water and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed.
- Remove quinoa from heat and let sit for another 5 minutes.Fluff it up with a fork and add blackberries or berries of your choice. Mix together.
- Serve in bowls and sprinkle toasted pecans and drizzle honey or agave on top.
- Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks