Breakfast Quinoa with Chia and Cinnamon

Looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast but slightly bored with oatmeal? You’ll love this protein-packed breakfast quinoa! Have fun with toppings!

Looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast but slightly bored with oatmeal? You'll love this protein-packed breakfast quinoa! Have fun with toppings! Get the healthy breakfast recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Are you all resolution makers? I don’t typically make a New Year’s resolution, but I do try to live a healthy lifestyle all year-round. Frequently I’ll go on a kick of working out and then I’ll fall off the wagon. Lately, I’ve been waking up at 4:45AM or 5AM and working out though and I truly feel like I’ve transformed it from being a phase into it being a lifestyle. At least that’s what I keep telling myself, hoping it will get through my thick skull.

Along with working out comes healthy eating. At least for me. Because who wants to sweat your butt off and then ruin it all in the kitchen? Don’t get me wrong, one of the major perks of working out is that you can indulge here and there with a bit less guilt, but it also makes you so aware of what you’re putting into your body and what it’s worth to you. For example, I can turn down ice cream most anytime but I’m rendered absolutely helpless if a bowl of popcorn is placed in front of me. To me, the popcorn (with butter and salt) is worth the calories, but the ice cream isn’t. But that’s just me — I know it’s different for everyone.

Looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast but slightly bored with oatmeal? You'll love this protein-packed breakfast quinoa! Have fun with toppings! Get the healthy breakfast recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Another important step for me personally is to remove unhealthy snacks and ingredients from my home. There are days I’m so grateful I do this — those days when I’m standing in front of the pantry or fridge looking for something junky to munch on. I’m annoyed but happy there isn’t anything there and I settle for a square of dark chocolate. That is something we always have on hand.

Looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast but slightly bored with oatmeal? You'll love this protein-packed breakfast quinoa! Have fun with toppings! Get the healthy breakfast recipe on RachelCooks.com!

I’m excited to be partnering with Bob’s Red Mill again this year to bring you lots of delicious and healthy recipes that will help you achieve your goals or resolutions. My kitchen is always stocked with Bob’s Red Mill products that I purchase myself which makes them one of my most valued partners. I share ingredients and brands with you not only to support my insane grocery bill but also because I actually USE and BUY the products I talk about. I know you all see a lot of sponsored content around the web, but I wouldn’t be sharing these products if I didn’t personally stand behind them, and I know Bob’s Red Mill is always going to come through with a quality product.

Looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast but slightly bored with oatmeal? You'll love this protein-packed breakfast quinoa! Have fun with toppings! Get the healthy breakfast recipe on RachelCooks.com!

With that being said, this breakfast quinoa is the perfect way to start the day. The quinoa is a great source of protein which makes it perfect for breakfast. If you’re an oatmeal eater, you have to try switching it up with this quinoa and chia concoction. Even if you’re not an oatmeal eater, try this and maybe it will be a better fit for you. I added the chia to the breakfast quinoa not only because it looks pretty but also because it’s a fantastic source of anti-oxidants, omega-3s, and fiber. Top it with fruit, nuts, coconut, or whatever you want for the perfect filling breakfast.

Looking for more hearty breakfasts? Try: Copycat Starbucks Egg White Wrap with Spinach and Feta, Turkey Sausage and Broccoli Egg White Frittata Muffins, Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies with Muesli, Banana Coconut Protein Blender Pancakes, Tropical Smoothie Bowl, Chocolate Protein Pancakes (also made in the blender!), or Bacon Cheddar Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust.

 

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Breakfast Quinoa with Chia and Cinnamon

Looking for a filling and nutritious breakfast but slightly bored with oatmeal? You’ll love this protein-packed breakfast quinoa! Have fun with toppings!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill chia seed
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Toppings: milk, fruit, sweetener, nuts, coconut, etc

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring milk and water to rapid simmer over medium high heat. Add quinoa, chia seed, and cinnamon, stirring to combine.
  2. Simmer with cover on over medium-low heat for 12-14 minutes, stirring frequently, or until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa tails start to appear.
  3. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Top with desired sweetener, fruit, and milk and enjoy immediately.
  • Note: Feel free to multiply this recipe to serve whatever size group you are feeding. You can make it ahead and reheat in the microwave with additional milk as needed to thin.
  • Note: Pictured, I topped with berries, raw cane sugar, and milk. It was delicious!
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: I love this breakfast quinoa, it’s such a filling and hearty breakfast that you can really feel good about. Breakfast is very important to me and I need to start the day off BIG. This is just the thing for me.
Husband’s take: Umm, I haven’t shared this with him, yet.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but the sky is the limit in terms of toppings!
Difficulty: Easy!

hot quinoa nutrition label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared. Nutrition info does not include toppings.

 

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11 comments

  1. I love breakfast quinoa and the more cinnamon, the better!

  2. I’m lactose intolerant. Do you think I could swap almond milk for the whole milk? Thanks!

  3. I am loving this breakfast idea! I’ve never thought about using quinoa for breakfast, but I love it! I can’t wait to give it a try :-)

  4. I need to make this for me and Camille! I just started getting her to eat oatmeal again…I over-did it when she was a baby. But now she’s back into it! I’d love to sneak a little quinoa in there next time…we always share the bowl <3

  5. Love this combo, love this for breakfast!

  6. Yum!  This looks healthy AND delicious! 

  7. Love the combination of berries, quinoa, chia and cinnamon!

  8. New vegan here. Figured out after a couple days I wasn’t getting enough protein, so for breakfast this morning, I tried a variant on Kheer, which is Indian rice pudding. So, it had brown rice, amaranth, flax seed, pumpkin seed, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pistachios, chia seeds, and hazelnuts. cooked it all in soy milk with cardamon, cinnamon, vanilla, clove, and allspice. Threw in a handful of raisins, currants, and cranberries.

    I started wandering on blogs this morning, looking for high protein, gluten-free breakfast foods
    , and found people using quinoa for breakfast cereal, which I never would have thought of. So when this pot of stuff is gone, I’ll try amaranth and quinoa. Thanks for the idea!

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