breakfast quinoa

breakfast quinoa

If you’re an oatmeal lover, this recipe is for you.

If you’re not an oatmeal lover, this still might be for you.

Most oatmeals are really low on my breakfast totem pole, but this breakfast quinoa dish I really, really love.

It’s incredibly easy to make and, with fresh berries, milk and quinoa as its main ingredients, it’s a great healthy breakfast choice. It will warm you up on the inside and keep you satiated until lunch.

I first saw it on Pinterest several months ago and immediately repinned it to my “must-try” board. Most of those recipes on that board are still waiting to be made, but this one was so quick, easy and promised to transform my morning breakfast routine; I couldn’t resist.

You may want to toast your quinoa before it’s used in your favorite recipes as it adds a lot of flavor! To do this, simply rinse a few times under cold water, then toast it in a dry skillet over medium heat. You want to make sure the quinoa is golden brown; this will take around 10-15 minutes. Be sure to give your skillet a good shake every minute or so as you don’t want the quinoa on the bottom of the pan to burn.

The original recipe {by Martha Stewart} called for fresh blueberries. We tried it with both dried blueberries and fresh blackberries; both were delicious although the fresh fruit was preferred. Dried fruit can be sweeter so start with less sugar and add more as necessary.

Here’s to a healthy & delicious start to your day!

Blackberry Breakfast Quinoa

  • 2 cups whole or low-fat milk, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) fresh blackberries, plus more for serving
    1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
    2. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in blackberries, and cook for 30 seconds. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and blackberries.


  1. Carlene @ Carlene's Figments says

    Great tip on rinsing the quinoa! It can have a bitter taste if not! I’m looking forward to this and a quinoa mac and cheese I saw.

    • says

      Quinoa Mac ‘n Cheese? I’m not convinced yet but I would love the check out the recipe if you feel like sharing :-) I love recipes that add nutrition into comfort foods. Just last night I was at a friend’s and she reminded me about a butternut squash mac ‘n cheese I made a couple of years ago. It was good – I’ll have to post that one!

  2. says

    I have made quinoa pudding for breakfast and really enjoyed it, but I can imagine toasting the quinoa would add a such a flavor boost!! trying this soon, thanks!!

  3. says

    Definitely a more exciting way to start my morning!!! Oatmeal is what I generally eat for breakfast, but I did pick up blackberries the other day and didn’t know what to do with them, other than eat them straight out of the carton :)

  4. Tiffany Brook says

    My mouth is watering already! I am going to wake up extra early and prepare this before I head off to the gym!

  5. Glynis Latosky says

    Looks great Wicked noodle! I’ve been looking everywhere for new breakfast ideas! This is literally PERFECT. Healthy, easy, and delicious.

  6. tricia says

    I always do a mix of grains and keep them on our countertop so all of our quinoa is mixed into a pot with sweet brown rice, millet, pearled barley, red/black & golden quinoa, farro and wheatberries. I wonder how your recipe might turn out with that grain mix? I might have to try it- if it works, I’ll let you know! This looks great! :) Congrats on top 9!

  7. says

    Nice. I don’t really do anything complex in the kitchen in the morning— and yes, ten or fifteen minutes of toasting counts as complex at breakfast time. But I could easily toast the quinoa the day before and then put it in my rice cooker. My rice cooker has a timer so I can set it ahead for breakfast time, and I’ve found that the white rice cycle works well for quinoa.

  8. says

    How funny! I had this for breakfast today and it was delicious! I love oatmeal so I was surprised how good it was. The only difference I had was using 1 c non fat milk and 1 c water. It was still yummy!!


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