5-Minute Breakfast Quinoa
This healthy breakfast quinoa recipe is a great way to use up leftover quinoa. Simply heat cooked quinoa with your favourite plant-based milk, top with fruit and nuts or seeds and you’ve got a delicious bowl of hot quinoa porridge in minutes. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, oil-free and has no added sugar-free.
Quinoa Porridge 2 Ways
There are 2 different ways you can make quinoa for breakfast. I like the 5-minute version since I usually cook a batch of quinoa for food prep to use in different ways using the week. I keep the quinoa plain for cooking so I can use it for both hot quinoa porridge and in salads and bowls.
Option 1: 5-Minute Breakfast Quinoa
This is how I usually make breakfast quinoa. To make it in just a few minutes, just add your desired amount of cooked quinoa to a small saucepan and heat with milk and if desired, sweetener and any add-ins you might want.
Benefits of 5-minute breakfast quinoa:
- super easy
- ready in 5 minutes
- you can make a single serving
- customize it every time
- use this method with any cooked whole grains
Option 2: Cooking Breakfast Quinoa
The second option for making breakfast quinoa is to cook a larger batch of quinoa specifically as breakfast quinoa. To use this method to make 4 servings, bring 1 cup of water, 1 cup of almond milk (you can also use all milk, or all water) to a boil in a saucepan, add 1 cup of rinsed uncooked quinoa and any desired sweetener or add-ins, reduce to a simmer and cook until the quinoa has thickened and absorbed all the liquid.
I do find if you cook the quinoa as breakfast quinoa you can add more flavour during cooking by adding vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup as it cooks, rather than adding them after the fact.
Like I said though, I usually do the 5-minute method since if I cook quinoa specifically as breakfast quinoa and have leftovers, I typically re-heat it anyways. So I might as well just use leftover cooked quinoa and just heat as needed with milk and toppings.
Of course, you could just eat it cold in which case, just cook up a big batch of breakfast quinoa, store in the fridge and you’re good to go. I do eat it cold sometimes, I actually don’t mind it, especially during the warmer months. You can just drizzle a little almond milk over it and add some toppings and it still tastes great.
Customize Your Breakfast Quinoa
I topped my 5-minute breakfast quinoa with sliced banana, blueberries, strawberries, almond butter and hemp seeds. You can either add these as toppings or just toss them all into the saucepan if you prefer them mixed in, both taste great. Adding mashed or diced banana or another fruit as it heats is good way to add bit of natural sweetness if you want to go that route.
- flaked or shredded coconut
- cacao nibs, dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips
- any nuts or seeds, some favourites are hemp seeds, pecans, almond, cashews and sunflower seeds
- dried fruit, try chopped apricots, raisins or goji berries
- chopped dates
- any fresh fruit, some favourites are strawberries, blueberries, mango and kiwi
- any nut or seed butter such as tahini, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
How to Sweeten Breakfast Quinoa
I don’t usually sweeten my breakfast quinoa as I find the toppings and cinnamon add enough sweetness. However, sometimes a little extra sweetness is nice. To naturally sweeten your breakfast quinoa I would recommend:
- maple syrup
- coconut sugar
- ripe mashed banana
- raw unprocessed honey (not vegan though)
- homemade date paste
- raw organic sugar (or any variation such as turbinado, msucavado, sucanut etc.)
- blackstrap molasses
I would recommend starting with 1-2 tsp of sweetener and adding more to taste if needed. If you’re using mashed banana, 1/2 a mashed ripe banana works well and if you’re using dates, 2 large medjool dates or 3-4 small dates soaked in then blended with 1/4 cup of hot water should do the trick.
As I talked about in my guide to whole grains, quinoa is one of the healthiest grains you can keep in your pantry. Quinoa is one of the highest-protein grains and it provides a range of essential vitamins and minerals such as magneisum, folate, manganese, iron, zinc and phosphorus.
So, when you feel like you need a change from oatmeal but still want something warm, hearty and nourishing, breakfast quinoa is the way to go. In fact, you can use this recipe to make 5-minute breakfast cereal with any leftover whole grain. Farro, brown rice, bulgur, millet, barley, you name it! You can check out my post with 5 ways to make Healthy Whole Grain Porridge for some ideas.
5-Minute Breakfast Quinoa Recipe
Alright, let’s get into this simple and healthy but delicious breakfast. So, you’ve got some cooked quinoa. Great, you’re good to go! Add it to a sauce pan, drizzle it with some milk, heat it through, scoop it into a bowl, top with yummy additions and enjoy!
More Vegan Breakfasts
Loving this simple quinoa recipe? You might like these too:
- Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats
- Easy Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Vegan Breakfast Tacos
- Farro Pumpkin Breakfast Bowls
- 1/2 a sliced banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries or other fruit of choice
- 1 tbsp (15 g) almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
- 1 tbsp (15 g) nuts or seeds (try walnuts, almonds, pecans or hemp seeds)
- Add the cooked quinoa and almond milk to a small sauce pan (plus the vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup if using) and stir over medium heat until heated through. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon, if using.
- Scoop into a bowl and top with the banana, walnuts and almond butter then drizzle with the maple syrup.
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