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This breakfast quinoa recipe is the perfect breakfast for breaking your morning oatmeal rut!

My son loves Quinoa. He’d eat it for breakfast every single morning if I had time to cook it that frequently. Not that it’s tough to make, I just usually prepare breakfast (oatmeal) the night before so I don’t have to do any cooking at all in the morning when I’m in a rush to get out the door.

Clean Eating Banana Almond Quinoa

But on the weekends, I have more time, and I will usually make a nice big bowl of this for him. And don’t worry, adults will love it too!

IS OATMEAL OR QUINOA BETTER FOR YOU?

Let’s compare! For one cup of each, the data shows this:

  • Oatmeal
    – Calories: 166
    – Carbs: 28 g
    – Fiber: 4 g
    – Protein: 6 g
    – Fat: 3.6 g
  • Quinoa
  • – Calories: 222
    – Carbs: 40 g
    – Fiber: 5.2 g
    – Protein: 8.2 g
    – Fat: 3.6 g

So you can see the two foods offer tradeoffs. But quinoa has an edge and the secret is in its protein content. While oatmeal has protein as well, it does not contain all 9 amino acids to create a whole, plant-based protein. Quinoa does! So if you’re plant-based, quinoa is the way to go.

CAN QUINOA BE EATEN COLD?

You bet’cha! Warm or cold, this delicious grain (actually, it’s really a seed) pairs well with sweet or savory ingredients. It’s quite versatile!

WHY DOES QUINOA TASTE BITTER?

Quinoa can taste very bitter if not handled properly. Thankfully, there is an easy fix. Rinse your quinoa!! Yep, just put your dry quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse the heck out of it. Even boxes that say “pre-washed” should still be rinsed to ensure you don’t get that bitter taste. Rinse it well and you’ll have a delicious, non-bitter bowl of quinoa!

If you’d like to learn more about quinoa and all its benefits, check out this video on Youtube here.

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BREAKFAST QUINOA RECIPE:

Clean Eating Banana Almond Quinoa

Clean Eating Banana Almond Quinoa

A delicious breakfast quinoa you'll enjoy when your regular oatmeal gets boring.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 249kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (dry/uncooked)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almonds (raw almonds are best)
  • maple syrup to taste

Instructions

  • Mash a ripe banana in the bottom of your pot.
  • Measure out your milk and water, and add to the pot.  
  • Add your vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Bring to a soft boil and add Quinoa.
  • Cook, uncovered, until the water cooks out and you see translucent edges on the individual grains.
  • Serve topped with maple syrup and almonds.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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16 Comments

  1. We absolutely love Quinoa “Spaghetti” at my house, but it never occurred to me to eat Quinoa for breakfast. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leslie,

      Looks like we’re in the same boat. I never would have thought to make “Spaghetti” with Quinoa either. I guess we’ll be trying each other’s recipes. lol Thanks for the idea!

  2. This was delicious!! I was looking for a clean recipe with ripe bananas and came upon your website. I am sure I’ll try a lot more of your recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nikki – Thanks for the feedback! So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Chrystal Nelson says:

    Mmm… just trying this now and it is so good! I added a couple of tablespoons of almond butter and used maple flakes instead of the agave – so yummy! This might just become a staple – we’ll have to see how it reheats as I will probably take it to work for one of my snacks 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chrystal – That’s great! So happy you’re enjoying it! Should be good as a snack!

  4. I live off your website, I absolutely love everything I have tried! Yesterday I made the nut crusted chicken and irish soda bread, with the ginger tea, This morning I made this quinoa dish and it is phenomenal as I have come to expect!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tiffany – Thanks so much! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lance – Hope you enjoy it!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Sarah – OOOOohhh!!! I might have to try that! Thanks!

  7. Jennifer Norton says:

    Do you think 57g of carbohydrates is too much?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jennifer – Depends on what you eat the rest of the day.

  8. WOW!! this is amazing! I used unsweetened almond milk and liquid vanilla stevia instead of milk and vanilla extract and omitted the honey and almonds and I love this. Thanks so much for sharing. I now used your site for most of my cooking!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Nikki – Thanks so much! I’m flattered!

  9. Why distiller water? Can I use regular tap water instead?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Yes, if you prefer.

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