Breakfast Quinoa

breakfast quinoa

It’s so freaking hard to get back into a healthy routine after the holidays. I always tell myself that come January 1st, things will be different. But I can’t just stop eating sweets and extra salty food in a day, it takes a few to ween myself off. I finally feel back on track, eating like my normal self and feeling more energetic and less bloated.

In order to get to this place, I had to exercise some serious self control last week and start to cook more healthy recipes like this one.

Although it’s the most important meal of the day, busy people (myself included) have a hard time fitting in a healthy breakfast that actually fills us up until lunch time. I love this breakfast quinoa recipe because you can make it on a Sunday and eat it for the next 3 days no problem. On Monday morning, breakfast took me only a few minutes to make because I just had to heat up my leftover quinoa and add a dollop of almond butter.

Unlike oatmeal, it doesn’t get mushy or dense, plus it packs in an extra punch of protein. I make my version of this semi-sweet with maple syrup but if you’re trying to stay completely sweetener-free, it’s just as delicious without it. I add chia and flax seeds to get extra Omega-3s, fiber, and digestive support.

Obviously you can add any toppings you like to this concoction including bananas, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and even chocolate chips. Any other ideas??

breakfast quinoa recipe

– 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
– 2 cups water
– Pinch of salt
– 2 tblspns maple syrup
– 1/2 tspn vanilla extract (optional)
– 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used almond milk)
– 2 tblspns ground flax seeds
– 1 tblspn chia seeds
– 1 tspn cinnamon
– 1/2 cup blueberries
– Dollop of almond butter

– Place quinoa, water, and salt in a small saucepan
– Bring to a boil
– Turn heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes
– Stir in maple syrup and vanilla
– Let cook for 2-3 more minutes
– Add milk and seeds
– Divide into bowls
– Stir in blueberries
– Top with almond butter
– Enjoy!

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  1. Jackie-York Avenue said:

    This is great-I’ve had a bag of quinoa sitting in my cabinet for months and haven’t used it. This seems like a perfect way to start! I like oatmeal but I hate how it gets dense, so this seems like a good alternative. Thanks!

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    • Julia Dzafic said:

      Perfect timing! 🙂

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  2. Alyssa said:

    I definitely don’t eat the type of fuel-packed breakfasts that I should. This sounds like a yummy option, especially with fruit on top!

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    • Julia Dzafic said:

      You should try it! Makes a big difference to start with a hearty breakfast.

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  3. Brynn Guster said:

    I adore quinoa for breakfast! It’s such a great alternative to oatmeal and is surprisingly delicious served sweet vs. savory.

    You’re so right, it’s hard to get back on track after the holidays. But when your eats taste this good you don’t miss a thing!

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  4. Jessica Lee Hart said:

    This looks and sounds delicious! I’ll definitely be giving this a try very soon… Thanks for sharing!
    the way to my Hart

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  5. Katelyn said:

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for the recipe since your instagram. Can’t wait to try this out 🙂


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  6. Megan Quint Gressel said:

    I make quinoa oatmeal, but this is another level! Look great 🙂


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