coconut breakfast quinoa

I’ve been on a total quinoa kick lately. It started with that quinoa fried rice, and I’ve been hooked on this super-food grain ever since. 

Overnight oats are one of my staples during the school week, they can be prepared at night and devoured in the morning.  They keep me full of energy all morning so that I can search for my gym clothes and take my math quizzes without having to stop at the vending machine. 

Quinoa is a wonderfully nutty, crunchy alternative to classic oats, plus it’s loaded with protein. That means that I can substitute my usual Greek yogurt for something even creamier and delicious: coconut milk.  The rich, creamy, coconutty milk seeps into the fluffy quinoa overnight, along with some chia seeds. Now that’s something to wake up for!  Since winter break started, I’ve been waking up at 10:30 and staying up until 2:00. I just realized that school starts on Wednesday… but I have faith that this quinoa will lure me out of bed despite the fact that I’m going out yet again for New Years Eve tonight.

Think of this “recipe” as more of an outline — and top this quinoa off with any fruit, nut, or milk you like.

With love,

Serves 2

1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + more for sprinkling
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon chia seeds.
1/2 cup light coconut milk 
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 banana, chopped
2 kiwis, sliced

The night before:
Combine quinoa, water, cinnamon and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes until quinoa can be fluffed with a fork. Combine the cooked quinoa along with the coconut milk and chia seeds in a container with a lid and let chill in the fridge overnight.

The next morning:
Divide quinoa into two bowls then top with bananas and kiwi slices. Sprinkle with coconut and pumpkin seeds.

7 thoughts on “coconut breakfast quinoa

  1. Erin @ Adventures of a Hungry Redhead

    Oooo this is like the quinoa equivalent of a blanket. I want to wrap myself in it and be warm. You think almond milk would work as well as coconut?

    1. Cannella Vita

      Hmmm. I think that almond milk would be a little thin for this dish — so you would get a very different texture (not as creamy and coconutty). You could definitely give it a try! I make overnight oats with almond milk all the time — perhaps stir in some yogurt as well for added thickness?

  2. jackie

    insteresting take on quinoa. I've never had it in a non-savory dish. Will definitely give this a try.

  3. Mikayla Sweitzer

    you're making me look like such a fatty! I'm sitting here making krispe kremes. Oh man.
    look delish!

  4. Peggy G.

    I've started to really fall in love with quinoa, myself, and this sounds like a great change-up in the breakfast routine =)

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