Vanilla Quinoa and Blueberry Breakfast

Gluten free and nutty tasting, this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast makes for a delicious healthy alternative to traditional oatmeal.

Gluten free and nutty tasting, this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast makes for a delicious healthy alternative to traditional oatmeal. Topped with sweet blueberries, crunchy almonds and just a drizzle of honey, this amazing nutritious breakfast will give you the best possible start to your day!

Topped with sweet blueberries, crunchy almonds and just a drizzle of honey, this amazing nutritious breakfast will give you the best possible start to your day!

Quinoa – probably for a lot of people (other than those who know it’s gluten free 🙂 ) it’s that grain you see more and more in mainstream supermarkets, beside the couscous, and think “what’s that”? I mean the pronunciation alone is difficult enough isn’t it? 😐

So I thought long and hard about this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast recipe and decided to keep it simple. In many respects the recipe is quite similar to the first of this week’s healthy porridge breakfasts, the porridge with blueberries and almonds recipe.

Gluten free and nutty tasting, this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast makes for a delicious healthy alternative to traditional oatmeal. Topped with sweet blueberries, crunchy almonds and just a drizzle of honey, this amazing nutritious breakfast will give you the best possible start to your day!

Give it a go. You’ll never know if you like it until you’ve tried it and even if you don’t like it as a breakfast, quinoa is similar to couscous so can be used in your couscous recipes!

Gluten free and nutty tasting, this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast makes for a delicious healthy alternative to traditional oatmeal. Topped with sweet blueberries, crunchy almonds and just a drizzle of honey, this amazing nutritious breakfast will give you the best possible start to your day!
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Vanilla Quinoa and Blueberry Breakfast
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Topped with sweet blueberries, crunchy almonds and just a drizzle of honey, this amazing nutritious breakfast will give you the best possible start to your day!

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1
Calories: 459 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 50 g quinoa
  • 250 ml water stove cooking
  • 100 ml water microwave cooking
  • 80 ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp chai seeds optional
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean extract
  • 1 tbsp flaxseeds optional
  • 10 g flakes almonds
  • 50 g blueberries
  • Drizzle of runny honey
Instructions
Stove:-
  1. Wash and drain quinoa.
  2. Add quinoa to a small saucepan with the water.
  3. Bring the contents to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Drain the water from the quinoa.
  5. Add the quinoa back to the saucepan with the milk, chai seeds and vanilla extract.
  6. Bring the contents back to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently until the milk has been absorbed.
  7. Add flaxseeds and mix together.
  8. Serve in a bowl topped with blueberries, flaked almonds and a drizzle of honey.
Microwave:-
  1. Wash and drain quinoa.
  2. Add quinoa to a microwaveable bowl with the water.
  3. Microwave, covered, on full power for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through. (Microwave times may vary so please check to avoid any boiling over these are based on an 800w microwave).
  4. Drain water.
  5. Add back to bowl with milk, chia seeds and vanilla extract.
  6. Microwave, covered, on full power for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  7. Add flaxseeds and mix together.
  8. Serve in a bowl topped with blueberries, flaked almonds and a drizzle of honey.
Recipe Notes

Steps 1 – 4 for both the stove and microwave cooking can be done the night before and stored in the fridge to save time in the morning.


Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Quinoa and Blueberry Breakfast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.1g 34%
Saturated Fat 3.9g 20%
Cholesterol 8.3mg 3%
Sodium 44.3mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 50.6g 17%
Dietary Fiber 9.7g 39%
Sugars 10g
Protein 18.3g 37%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 18%
Iron 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gluten free and nutty tasting, this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast makes for a delicious healthy alternative to traditional oatmeal. Topped with sweet blueberries, crunchy almonds and just a drizzle of honey, this amazing nutritious breakfast will give you the best possible start to your day!

You could try varying/alternating the toppings in this vanilla quinoa and blueberry breakfast by swapping with the toppings from the other porridge breakfasts I’ve done this week too.

The spiced plums from the spiced plum millet porridge work great with quinoa as do the fruits and nuts from the barley flakes and apple porridge and the strawberries are so tasty from the strawberry and almond rye flakes porridge.

Well, all that’s left for me to do now is to ask you for any comments you may have to be left on any of this week’s recipes and also to wish you a great weekend! 😀

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Comments

  1. I have tried baked quinoa bowls for breakfast before, Neil – but mine have always been doused with melted dark chocolate. I really need to try your version!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Ooooh, that sounds amazing Shashi! 😛

      Doused in melted dark chocolate eh? There’s always room for that in my slightly more indulgent “weekend breakfasts” selection 😆

  2. I tried quinoa flakes once and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. But quinoa I could do.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hmmm, quinoa flakes eh? Not sure I like the sound of them based on your review!

      I’ve added them to my list of “be wary” foods 😉

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