Tropical Breakfast Quinoa

by Kris on April 20, 2011

After being completely inspired by this lovely post, I decided to give quinoa a second try. The first time I had it I remember it tasting horribly bitter and mushy. Upon doing some research I discovered I had made a few mistakes. I did not soak, rinse or wash the quinoa and I had cooked it too long. Here is a really great post on how to cook quinoa the right way.

So after doing some research I made my way to the grocery store and bought some supplies. Upon noticing my big bag of quinoa in our grocery cart, Greg moaned and asked me if we were going to be eating ‘hippy food’ now. Hours later he was hastily devouring the lemon pine nut quinoa I had made as a side for dinner. He even ran back to the kitchen for seconds!

This morning I pulled out my leftover quinoa and whipped up this healthy little breakfast. Once again Greg devoured his meal and his words.

1 cup cooked quinoa
½ cup light coconut milk
3 Tbsp. crushed pineapple
¼ Tsp. cinnamon
1 Tsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. toasted coconut
5 pecans
½ cup sliced strawberries
1 Tsp. balsamic vinegar

In a medium size pot combine cooked quinoa, coconut milk, crushed pineapple, cinnamon and maple syrup; stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Top quinoa mixture with toasted coconut, pecans, sliced strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

Serves 2

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cookie and kate April 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Oh, I love what you came up with! I’ve been tempted to try breakfast quinoa with coconut milk. I’ll have to make a new batch soon.

If you’re looking for other easy quinoa ideas, I love warming up leftover quinoa in the microwave and adding it to lettuce and other salad fixings. Warm quinoa with goat cheese—it doesn’t get better than that!


munchinwithmunchkin April 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

quinoa and goat cheese! omg yum! I’ll definitely give that a try! Thanks Kate!


Brian @ A Thought For Food April 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I did a breakfast quinoa with maple syrup, dried dates, and walnuts and it was just delightful. This variation looks wonderful as well! Can’t wait to try it.


Charissa April 21, 2011 at 12:20 am

I am bookmarking this recipe on my Delicious account because I have to try it! Thanks for sharing!


Wendy@CookingQuinoa April 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I stumbled on your site from FoodBuzz and was really happy to see this post (as well as your granola bar and egg post…yum). I was even happier when I saw that you had linked to my site. :)

I really love your site! Keep up the great recipes!


munchinwithmunchkin April 25, 2011 at 4:19 am

Thanks Wendy! You also have a really great blog going! Gotta say, you have perfected the cooking method of quinoa and it helped me out big time!

Reply May 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm

That is genius. I’m going to have to try this ASAP!


Wanda February 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Thank you for this recipe. I usually have quinoa topped with Avocado, capsicum,tomato, onion and topped with herbs and Braggs. So I am definitely going to try it as a sweet dish.


Cat June 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

FINALLY some interesting vegan breakfast ideas. Cereal and Oatmeal get really really boring after a while. Secondly, never even thought of quinoa being part of a sweet dish, let alone a breakfast dish. It was delicious. I didn’t have any coconut shavings–oops! I also appreciate that I have another breakfast idea that gives me a complete protein. As a vegan, I try to be really conscious that every meal includes a complete protein combo. Breakfast is hard. Thanks again!


Amy @ fragrantvanillacake July 20, 2012 at 7:02 am

I love this idea! Such a nutritious as well as deliciously sweet breakfast! No one would be tempted to skip breakfast and walk out the door if this were on the table :)!


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