Forget porridge - try these 10 easy breakfast quinoa recipes

It's cold out there, and with wintry storms hitting the US east coast and much of the UK braced for snow this week, we bet you'll want something warm and tasty for breakfast. Save the scrambled eggs and pancakes for the weekend and forget about stodgy porridge - leave your bread in its wrapper and try one of these easy quinoa recipes for size.

"Quinoa for breakfast?" We can almost hear the cries of outrage and confusion, but wait. This complete protein packs a hearty punch at breakfast time, so it shouldn't just be relegated to a side-dish or a salad. It can be prepared in minutes and there are sweet and savoury options to suit all tastes. Here are 10 easy, delicious quinoa recipes to inspire you.

#1. Raspberry Vanilla Almond Quinoa

This delicious recipe is super-simple to make and if you're new to the idea of quinoa for breakfast, it's a foolproof place to start. With fruity berries (loaded with vitamin C), sliced almonds and vanilla almond milk, it's a dairy-free delight! Store cooked quinoa in your fridge so it's easy to whip up a batch of this for a quick weekday breakfast.

#2. Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

We. Love. Blueberries. Little powerhouses of antioxidants and vitamin C, they add sunshine to even the coldest, darkest winter morning, and they're not just for pancakes and muffins! This blueberry breakfast quinoa is packed with protein and it even tastes great as a late-night snack, if the munchies strike! With cinnamon, sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey, we think this is pretty perfect.

#3. Chocolate Banana Breakfast Quinoa

For a healthy way to get your chocolate fix, this breakfast dish uses cocoa powder mixed with quinoa, cinnamon, banana, almond milk and dates or raisins. Topped with vitamin-E packed walnuts, it's sort of like a dessert-meets-breakfast dish that tastes way too good to be healthy. But trust us, it is good for you!

#4. Warm Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This warm bowl of quinoa is sort of like porridge, only much lighter. With blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and home-made almond milk, you'll be left feeling full til lunchtime - that's because quinoa is a complete protein and is loaded with more fibre than any other grain. It contains all 9 essential amino acids as well as vitamin B2 and the antioxidant manganese. This is simple to make in minutes and loaded with goodness!

#5. Banana Bread Breakfast Quinoa

We already know we should be eating more bananas, and this is a great way to do it! This breakfast makes a great alternative to a sugar and sodium-packed sports drink or bar as a way to refuel and replenish your body after exercise. With bananas, walnuts, almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla - what's not to like?

#6. Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bake

This baked-in-the-oven quinoa dish is one to save for those days you have a bit more time - maybe make it at the weekend or on those days you're working from home. With almond milk, apples, coconut oil, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, dates, pumpkin seeds and coconut milk, it's the perfect fuel for your body if you have a busy day ahead, and it's great if you're avoiding dairy. Pop it in the oven and you can get showered or start work whilst it bakes into a delicious, gooey breakfast. Yum!

#7. Butternut Squash, Red Potato and Quinoa Hash

This recipe will come as a relief to anyone who's more comfortable with quinoa in its savoury form. This simple hash is made with quinoa, red potatoes, butternut squash, eggs and plenty of garlic, cumin and paprika. Ideal for weekend brunch or a relaxed breakfast, it's mostly chopping to prepare the vegetables that takes time - the actual dish is cooked fairly quickly and goes down well with all ages!

#8. Apple and Peanut Butter Quinoa

Oozy, melting nut butter is great on porridge, so it makes sense it also tastes amazing on hot quinoa for breakfast. You can use the nut butter of your choice but peanut or almond works best here - try to choose one with no added sugar or artificial ingredients. Coconut milk, vanilla, pecans, cinnamon and nutmeg work beautifully against the sharp crunchy apples and nutty butter to give this dish a really warm, comforting feel. One of our favourites that's sure to become a regular breakfast in the Expertrain office!

#9. Coconut Pecan Quinoa Granola

Making granola with quinoa is a pretty great idea and we love the combo of ingredients in this recipe. Pecans, flaked coconut, rolled oats, cinnamon, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract combine to create a crunchy, nutty granola that bakes in the oven in 30 minutes. You could make enough for the whole week, giving you more time for our Morning Abs Workout or a run before you head to the office!

#10. Pumpkin Spice Latte Quinoa Breakfast Bake

This guilt-free, vegan breakfast treat is loaded with goodness and has a crunchy pecan, maple syrup, coconut flour and cinnamon topping. You should be able to find pumpkin spice online or in some larger supermarkets or speciality stores - it's great to add earthy sweetness to lattes, pancakes and of course this bake! It takes around an hour to cook, which means you can pop it in the oven and get on with your workout!


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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 28th Jan 2015 at 17:15
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