Start with cooked quinoa, then add a bit of sweetening, spice, fresh fruit, and nuts or seeds for a nourishing breakfast that will sustain you through the morning. If you make quinoa recipes regularly, you may have leftover, unseasoned quinoa in the fridge, which is ideal for this — less to do in the morning! Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.
- ½ to 1 cup leftover plain cooked quinoa, depending on your morning appetite
(use 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa to cook it if you have no leftovers)
- ¼ to ½ cup vanilla nondairy milk (almond or hemp milk are good for this),
sweetened or not, as you prefer
- 1 teaspoon liquid sweetener (if not using sweetened almond or hemp milk)
such as agave or maple syrup (see note)
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cardamom, to taste
- Fresh fruit of your choice (about ½ cup) — choose from diced apple, pear, mango,
or stone fruit in season; sliced banana; whole blueberries or raspberries; sliced strawberries
- A sprinkling of nuts and/or seeds (choose from chopped walnuts or pecans,
sliced almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp or chia seeds (optional)
Warm the cooked quinoa in a small saucepan with a little nondairy milk (or, if cooking from the start, add the nondairy milk once the quinoa is done).
When most of the nondairy milk has been absorbed, transfer to a bowl. Stir in sweetener and spice to taste.
Top with fruit of your choice, followed by nuts and seeds of your choice. Serve at once.
Note: You can use a touch of stevia liquid or powder instead; remember, very little goes a long way!
Variation: Use other leftover cooked grain in place of substitute (brown rice, couscous, barley, etc.). Or use rolled grain flakes like spelt, kamut, steel-cut oats, or even quinoa flakes.
- Here are more easy vegan breakfast recipes and ideas.