Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

Thursday, May 23, 2013


When it comes to breakfast, I'm a die hard oatmeal fan.  In my opinion, no other recipe holds a candle to my Almond Banana Breakfast Oats.  There's just something about hearty, cinnamony oats with banana and almond butter that leave me energized and ready to start the day.

However, last week I was faced with the reality that oats were not an option for breakfast when Dayv received notification that our auto shipment of Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free Oats had been canceled and was no longer available to order.  I was horrified.  Not only do I depend on that shipment every 90 days for my breakfast, but the savings of buying online versus at the store is enough to make me shudder.  I just cannot force myself to pay $8.99 at Whole Foods for oatmeal.  I already spend an insane amount on groceries each week.  There had to be another way.


Luckily, I have a husband who understands how important my breakfast is to me.  He remembered us purchasing nutritional yeast from Vitacost and immediately went to their website to see if they had BRM gluten-free oats available to order.  And they did!  Although they don't have an option for auto-shipment and the price is slightly higher than Amazon, the cost is still far less than at Whole Foods.  So, we bought six bags of the stuff along with four containers of nutritional yeast(you can never have enough nutritional yeast!).  The order was set to arrive in four days, which wasn't bad, but what the heck was I going to eat for breakfast until then?

In the past I had tried making quinoa into a breakfast bowl and was not impressed.  My technique was using almond milk instead of water and essentially cooking it the traditional way.  But the almond milk would boil over when the pot was covered, and I never felt like I was left with a substantial amount for my breakfast.  I also tried making quinoa the traditional way, then adding almond milk after it was done cooking, almost like you would do with cold cereal.  That was just awful for so many different reasons.

But, last week I was determined to make this quinoa for breakfast thing work.  I decided to make the quinoa the night before, then add it to the almond milk the next morning and cook as if it were oats.  The result was a hearty, creamy, delicious breakfast that I looked forward to eating those four days I was without oats.  And, I even made it one morning when I could have eaten oats.  I tell ya, this quinoa for breakfast is some good stuff.


Notes: I'm a simple lady who likes simple, traditional toppings.  I always add sliced banana, and raw pecan butter when I need a more substantial breakfast.  Feel free to mix up the fruit and nut butter mixture, but, I do think these toppings are so perfect and encourage you to try the quinoa with them at least once.

Breakfast Quinoa Bowl
makes one bowl
1/4 c quinoa + 1/2 c water or 1 1/4 c cooked, leftover quinoa 
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
toppings: cinnamon, banana, raw pecan butter, or your desired toppings

The night before: In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and add quinoa.  Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn off heat, but keep pot covered and allow to "cook" for an additional 10 minutes.  Transfer to container with lid and place in refrigerator.  (Can ignore this step if you already have leftover quinoa as long as it was cooked in water.)

In the morning: In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add almond milk.  Once it begins to sizzle(like it's about to boil), add prepared quinoa and reduce heat to low.  Stir occasionally until the almond milk is absorbed and becomes similar to the consistency of oatmeal(about 15 minutes).  Remove from heat, transfer to bowl, and add your desired toppings.  Enjoy!

45 comments:

  1. This is great! I, too, am a diehard oatmeal lover. Quinoa in the morning is a great change, though. I have make "quinoa oatmeal" many times and even "quinoa pancakes"!. I haven't tried pre-making the night before. Usually, I make quinoa in the morning as directed and then when it has absorbed all the water, I add a little hemp milk, blueberries, natural peanut butter, and brown sugar to the pot or to the bowl (if I'm in a rush) and it's delicious. I am glad you posted this :)

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    1. your quinoa bowl sounds delicious, too! i will have to experiment with quinoa pancakes, they sound awesome!

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  2. This is such a good tip. I've had quinoa oatmeal in a restaurant and it wasn't super creamy. Kinda sad. I made it at home too...same thing. Not creamy.

    But your trick seems to really make it work and your pictures definitely seem creamified! I really can't wait to try this. I love a good ol "porridge" in the morning. Definitely fills you up!

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    1. thanks, maria! i agree. nothing like porridge in the morning ;)

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  3. I love breakfast quinoa! I've made a few recipes before, but I never thought about your overnight, re-cooking it idea. It's a great one!

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    1. thanks, olivia! i hope you give it a try!

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  4. I love reading through your process. Glad you found (and shared) a tasty solution!

    I'll have to try this out for breakfast tomorrow. :)

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    1. thanks, miachel! i hope you enjoy it!

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  5. This is brilliant! I've never had much success cooking with quinoa, let alone making creamy porridge out of it. Sounds like you might be on to something Caitlin with this twice-cooked method!

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    1. thanks, lisa! i hope you give it a try! quinoa is one of my very favorite foods.

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  6. I've never actually eaten quinoa for breakfast (I'm more of a yogurt & granola girl), but it definitely sounds good! Yours looks so thick and creamy that I wouldn't have guessed it was even quinoa...clever trick you discovered with the overnight method!

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    1. you could try this for any meal, genevieve! it is so much creamier than any other method i've tried.

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  7. What a wonderful use of quinoa! I've never eaten it like an oatmeal before, but this looks so hearty and delicious!

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  8. i love how creamy this looks. i've tried quinoa in almond milk too and dint like it much. this method sounds like a winner!
    try iherb.com too. they dont have auto ship, but most days there are deals on buying multiple packs:)

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    1. thanks for the tip, lady! i will definitely look into iherb!

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  9. I have never heard of quinoa being cooked like this before. Great adaptation. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. That looks absolutely yummy and nutritious Caitlin.. Great recipe!

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  11. I've been experimenting with quinoa for breakfast too. I tried cooked quinoa with milk and it was pretty awful, but this version cooked up like oatmeal sounds gorgeous. If you like granola I highly recommend making it with quinoa flakes too!

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    1. i will have to try quinoa flakes! thanks, lady!

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  12. I only recently got my quinoa breakfast porridge on lock too. I followed a technique from Bon Appétit that also required an overnight sit and morning reheat-so perfect. We also had a similar situation with bulk buying the BRM thick cut oats from a local co-op. They wanted to cut it off because they weren't ordering enough from BRM to necessitate the whole thing. I practically pleaded with them on the phone, offering to buy a full palette of the damn oats. It ended up working out fine because, so predictable, the owners of the co-op are totally forgiving/forgetful hippie types.

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    1. i will have to check out bon appétit's method! i wonder what's up with the brm oats? don't they know we need to eat?! ;)

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  13. What a bummer- I love my auto shipments for so many reasons, I can't imagine having my favorite item pulled and no longer available through amazon :(

    This does look incredible and the I think the pecan butter or any nut butter is the perfect topper too!

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    1. thanks heather! it does stink about the auto shipment.. now i just have to be a lot more cognizant when i'm on my last bag of brm.

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  14. What a unique way to enjoy quinoa! I love it! It sounds so hearty and delicious. I know your pain on the auto shipments. I had gotten attached to ordering kelp noodles through Amazon, because it was significantly cheaper. (Plus, kelp noodles aren't available in my area.) Then the price skyrocketed with their vendor. No kelp-y goodness for me. :(

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    1. boo for kelp noodles skyrocketing! that's similar with what happened with the brm. they stopped auto shipment AND the price almost doubled!

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  15. Your blog is so inspiring for all the healthy tips and wonderful recipes you post! I have nominated you for the Shine On award, which can be found here http://milesforthought.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/shine-on-award/ Thank you for your great posts!

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    1. you're so sweet, ani! thanks so much!

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  16. I've just started dabbling with making quinoa for breakfast and I love it. I'm going to have to try your recipe next!

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  17. I will try this out when will buy more quinoa! I once (or twice?) tried cooking quinoa for breakfast and it turned out almost inedible...I used almond milk too. :')

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    1. i hope you give this version a try. i think you'll enjoy it very much ;) (that is, if you like quinoa :P)

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  18. Yum, yum! It's always nice cooking up extra quinoa to pull together quick meals like this. I can just as easily see this making for a comforting but healthy midnight snack, too.

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    1. thanks, hannah! i agree, it's a great treat or snack, too!

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  19. This may be my new addiction for breakfast! I've been hooked on oatmeal for a few months - especially your almond banana oats recipe. Delicious! :)

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    1. aww, katie! thank you! that means the world to meee!

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  20. I keep threatening to make quinoa for breakfast one of these days, instead of my normal oatmeal, but my normal old oats always win. I think if I pre-made the quinoa the night before, like you suggest, I might actually get around to trying it! It looks delicious! :-)

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  21. You definitely need to check out Trader Joe's! They sell a giant bag of GF Oats for like 2.99

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    1. wow! i totally will! i always scan the section with the oats but have never seen a gf variety. i guess i need to look a little harder ;)

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  22. Thank you for sharing!! I've loved my oats, almond milk, bananas, and nut butter combo breakfast - but unfortunately I just got tested and am allergic to all of those ingredients. I am struggling to find ideas on how to change my diet and keep it clean and healthy. I will soon be tryin quinoa for breakfast!

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    1. nicole, that sounds like such a struggle to reconfigure your diet and remove your favorite breakfast. i hope this quinoa breakfast bowl provides you with some comfort as you figure everything out. xo.

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  23. Thanks so much for posting this! Like everyone else I love oatmeal in the morning but recently have been put on a diet eliminating, among many other foods, all grains but amaranth and quinoa. I was in despair trying to find something to replace my oatmeal breakfast. Looks like I found a fantastic substitute. Can't wait to try it!

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    1. i'm so glad i am able to help you during your elimination diet ;) i hope you love this as much as i do.

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