Make morning meal time a breeze with a 15-minute recipe for heart-healthy Quinoa Breakfast Bowls piled high with your choice of fruits, nuts and seeds.

A top-down view of two Quinoa Breakfast Bowls topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries, chopped nuts and chia seeds

Breakfast can often be a flurry of flung-open cereal boxes, granola bars on the go and smoothies sipped at stoplights, but now your morning meal just got a whole lot easier with my latest favorite take on a.m. eats: the oh-so-versatile Quinoa Breakfast Bowls!

Hearty whole grain quinoa stars in this make-ahead masterpiece, which can be customized with toppings to suit taste buds of all ages. It’s quick, creamy and a great alternative to oatmeal.

A sauce pot containing cooked quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa, while technically a seed, is a quick-cooking whole grain loaded with nutrients. It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins. What I love most about quinoa is that it’s a blank canvas. It can go savory or it can go sweet, simply by taking on the flavor of the ingredients it’s paired with.

In this recipe, quinoa is simmered with both water and coconut milk, which leads to an incredibly creamy outcome in just 15 minutes. Pro Tip: When cooking quinoa, it’s important to look at the individual seeds and confirm the hulls have popped open. When you bite into cooked quinoa, it should have a bit of pop in terms of texture.

A top-down view of sliced strawberries, walnuts, fresh blueberries, and a sharp knife atop a cutting board next to small dishes containing honey, chia seeds and chopped nuts

What to Put in a Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

There is no limit as to what you can pile atop and stir into these breakfast bowls. Go the savory route with a poached egg and crispy bacon bits, or keep it naturally sweet with a rainbow of fruits. I love the addition of toasted nuts for a touch of crunch, along with a drizzle of honey and a shower of chia seeds for an additional antioxidant kick.

A top-down view of healthy quinoa breakfast bowls topped with chia seeds, sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries and chopped nuts
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Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Make morning meal time a breeze with a 15-minute recipe for heart-healthy Quinoa Breakfast Bowls piled high with your choice of fruits, nuts and seeds.
A top-down view of two Quinoa Breakfast Bowls topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries, chopped nuts and chia seeds
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 (13.66-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
  • Yogurt or milk, for serving
  • Assorted fruit, for topping
  • Assorted nuts, for topping
  • Nut butter, for topping

Instructions 

  • In a medium saucepot set over medium heat, stir together the coconut milk, water and quinoa. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover the saucepot, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, until all liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. 
  • Lightly fluffy the quinoa with a fork then stir in the honey (optional). Divide the quinoa into serving bowls.
  • Serve with your choice of milk or yogurt then top with assorted fruit, nuts or nut butter.
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Nutrition

Calories: 737kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 39g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 35mg, Potassium: 963mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 12IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 7mg

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  1. How pretty! I’ve been on a big lentil kick lately because I was getting a bit bored of quinoa, but creations like this make me crave it again. Beautiful photos!

  2. Quinoa is such a great substitute and my go-to when I’m out of oats!
    On a separate note, your videos are so well made. Do you film them using a tripod or do you have additional help?