5 Sweet Quinoa Recipes for Breakfast or Dessert

by Allen Gil July 31, 2015

5 Sweet Quinoa Recipes for Breakfast or Dessert

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Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal, a food that is cooked and eaten like a grain. It is related to beets, chard and spinach. The most commonly commercialized are yellow, white, ivory, red and black quinoa. It is a very nutritious food, being high in protein, iron, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins and potassium. Also, it is gluten free.

Quinoa is very versatile and can be used in many recipes. It is fluffy and has a mild nutty flavor. Other benefits include that it is low glycemic and helps you feel fuller longer (because of its fiber content). Here I will share some ideas to use quinoa in sweet breakfast and dessert recipes. Make sure you follow the package instructions for cooking and don’t forget to rinse the quinoa before using.

1. Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal Bowl

breakfast quinoa almond oatmeal


Mix cut steel oats, quinoa, dried apricots or raisins, and cinnamon and cook. Let refrigerate overnight. In the morning heat up and top with seeds of choice (like pumpkin seeds), walnuts and honey.

2. Quinoa Cookies

quinoa cookies healthy


Use any cookie recipe you like and replace half the flour with cooked quinoa. Some flavor ideas: peanut butter, shredded coconut, vanilla, almond (extract), chocolate chip.

3. Coconut Quinoa

breakfast quinoa coconut porridge


Cook the quinoa in coconut milk and water for a coconut-flavored dessert! Top it with seeds or nuts for an extra crunch.

4. Warm Quinoa Pudding

warm quinoa breakfast pudding


Just like making rice pudding. Just replace the rice with quinoa, cook in milk and add cinnamon or any spice you like. You can top it with dried fruit or nuts too. 

5. Quinoa Granola Bars

quinoa breakfast granola bars


Making your own granola is great because you control exactly what goes in it. Any granola recipe will do. The quinoa will go in uncooked in this case, because the granola will cook in the oven. You can add rolled oats, nuts and seeds, and honey just to name a few ingredients.


1. http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/quinoa-march-grain-of-the-month, July 27, 2015

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