If you enjoy oatmeal for breakfast, try this healthy breakfast alternative. It is a sweet and nutty cinnamon-toasted quinoa recipe. Feel good and start the day off with this super healthy bowl of nutrients!
Why we enjoy this sweet quinoa breakfast for meal prep
While we often enjoy quinoa as a stand-in for rice at dinner time, we’re sharing the love for this superfood and giving it a deserved spot at our table as a healthy breakfast option
- It is super nutritious just like oatmeal. It’s high in protein and contains high fiber, it is gluten-free, and easy to digest.
- This breakfast quinoa is a great vegetarian, gluten-free option for breakfast.
- It’s super fluffy and you can dress it up with whatever toppings and other nutritious fruits you enjoy.
What You’ll Need to Prepare Quinoa for Breakfast
- Quinoa: Use any color you have on hand.
- Fresh Fruit: We used strawberries, but any kind of fruit will work just fine.
- Dried Fruit: We mixed in raisins for added texture, but you can any dried fruit or even toasted coconut.
- Nuts: We used Pecans, but other options include chopped walnuts or almonds
- Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, or hazelnut will work.
- Honey: You can also use maple syrup, agave nectar, and even add a dash of vanilla.
- Oil: We used olive oil to help toast the pecans, but you can also use coconut oil.
How to Prepare Quinoa for a Healthy Breakfast
- Boil water and add the quinoa. Lower the heat to low medium and cover the pot with a lid.
- Let the quinoa simmer and cook until it is fluffy.
- Meanwhile, add oil to a saute pan and toast the pecans. After the quinoa cooks, add it to the pan.
- Mix in the cinnamon, raisins, and honey.
- Top it off with fresh strawberries.
Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.
Meal Prep Tips for Breakfast Quinoa
- Cooking Tip: Rinse your quinoa before cooking it because it has a coating that can make it taste bitter or soapy. If it still appears watery after 10-15 minutes, remove the lid to cook it until the water fully absorbs.
- Storage: Store the meal in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
- To Reheat: Heat them in the microwave until they warm through.
- Extra Ingredients: If you have leftover quinoa, mix it in with your scrambled eggs or use it as a filling for omelettes. Add it to soups or chili, use it instead of rice for fried rice, or as a salad topper instead of croutons.
Cinnamon Toast Quinoa Crunch with Strawberries
- boiling pot
- saute pan
- 2/3 cups dry quinoa
- 1.25 cups water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 tablespoons pecans (chopped)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 cup strawberries
- Boil the water and add the quinoa. Lower the heat to low medium and let it cook for about 15 minutes covered. Afterward, fluff it with a for,k
- Next, add olive oil to a saute pan and toast the pecans for about a minute. Add the cooked quinoa and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Add the raisins and drizzle the quinoa with honey. Mix it all together.
- Top off the quinoa with fresh strawberries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is quinoa a grain?
Quinoa is actually a seed but it is known for its grain-like texture and can be prepared and eaten like a grain.
What does quinoa taste like?
Quinoa is mildly nutty in flavor and can be flavored for both sweet and savory dishes.
Is quinoa good for diabetics?
Quinoa can be beneficial for people with diabetes because it has fiber and protein which can both contribute to helping keep blood sugars under control. It also has a lower glycemic index than white rice making it a great substitute.