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What's for Breakfast: Creamy Quinoa

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Here's a fantastic breakfast dish for you quinoa lovers.  :D

Creamy Quinoa
Makes 4 servings


1 cup quinoa
Generous pinch of fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
4 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup fat-free milk
8 teaspoons chopped nuts/seeds (I used sunflower seeds)

nut/seed options:  Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds


1.   In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, salt, and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes (the quinoa should be tender, but it's okay if it's a little wet).

2.   Uncover, stir in the evaporated milk, flaxseed meal, and 2 teaspoons of the honey.  Return to a simmer and cook, stirring until the milk is mostly absorbed and the cereal is a thickness you like, 4 - 6 minutes.

3.   Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla or almond extract.  Top each serving with 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon honey, and 2 teaspoons chopped nuts/seeds.

Per 3/4-cup serving:  286 calories, 14g protein, 5.5g fat (0.5 saturated), 4.5g fiber, 289mg calcium, 1mg vitamin C, 45g carbohydrate, 154mg sodium

Next time I'd like to try toasted pumpkin seeds in it!

What did you have for breakfast?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. You got me here Ricki Jill! I love quinoa! Never thought of doing a breakfast cereal with it though I am definitely going to have to give it a try. One question, can you do it without the flax seed? Its not something I have in my pantry.

  2. I've never had Quinoa I will have to try it. It looks yummy. Alas today I had my standard granola and greek yogurt that I shoveled in while herding the kido's out the door.

    Great to see you posting again, hope everything is getting better or as much better as it can.


  3. Sounds good! I have art that you are gonna love. Get over here.

  4. Yum! We love it in salads but have not tried it for breakfast. Does it last in the fridge for a few days when you cook it like this?

  5. It's funny, but I was just thinking the other day that I bet it made a good breakfast cereal. I need to give your recipe a try.

  6. My breakfasts are pathetic. :o) Usually a Special K bar or graham crackers. I need try this for sure! Enjoy the weekend...Ann

  7. This looks wonderful! I am a huge fan of quinoa. It's SO good for you and fits well into a diet in which you are trying to eat less meat because it's high in protein. I recently started having for breakfast .. but usually use it occasionally instead of rice with dinner.


  8. OoOoO...I never considered Quinoa for breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration!


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