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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Quinoa Oatmeal (Easy Breakfast Recipe!)

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This Warm Berry Quinoa Oatmeal is a great way to start the day! Switch up your morning breakfast with added this delicious and creamy dish, filled with fresh berries, nuts, quinoa and your milk of choice. High in fiber, protein, naturally gluten-free and easily made vegan!

Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl

Most of the time, we’re rushing out the door in the morning, which means we’re almost always eating something quick and healthy for breakfast before leaving the house for the day.

While our weekday morning breakfasts tend to be fast, this dish is one of our favorite breakfast recipes because it tastes like it took hours to prepare, but actually is ready in under 30 minutes!

This recipe reminds me of a twist on oatmeal, but the quinoa gives it a nutritional boost with added fiber and protein. Topped with fresh berries, bananas and nuts – it’s perfectly sweet and satisfying all at the same time!

Why This Recipe Works

  • A fun way to change up your regular oatmeal
  • Super Simple
  • Gluten Free
  • Easily made vegan
  • Healthy and Delicious
  • Great for kids
  • Easy to customize!

How to Make Quinoa Oatmeal

Ingredients

This recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store!

Milk + Water: To give this creamy quinoa porridge an oatmeal like consistency, we cooked the quinoa in a combination of milk + water. You could also just use two cups water to cook the quinoa, but it won’t have that same creamy feel. As for what type of milk – any type works! You can use coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, or just regular milk to cook the quinoa in.

Quinoa: You’ll need 1 cup quinoa for this recipe. I like using a mix of white, black and red quinoa for added texture and flavor, but you can use just white quinoa, or just red quinoa if you like! If you use only red or black quinoa though, you won’t get as creamy of a consistency because those tend to be firmer than white quinoa. I recommend rinsing the quinoa before using it to remove any bitterness or debris.

Fresh Fruit: I used fresh berries and banana, but you can customize this recipe based on your preferences! Coconut flakes would also taste great in this quinoa porridge.

Spices: I chose to use ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of salt. But you can try some vanilla extract or even pumpkin pie spice to add a slightly different flavor!

Nuts: I used chopped walnuts and pecans, but you can use any nuts or seeds you like! Chia seeds, Flaxseed meal, Hemp Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds or Almonds would all taste great. You could also mix in a nut butter — peanut butter or almond butter would both work well!

Sweetener: You can use any sweetener you like! A little Maple Syrup, Honey, Brown Sugar and Coconut Sugar would all work well.

Equipment Needed

Instructions

Step 1: Combine milk, water and rinsed quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.

Step 2: Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes.

Step 3: Stir in berries, bananas, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little honey or other sweetener if desired. Transfer to bowls, top with nuts, additional milk if needed, and drizzle 1 teaspoon honey over each serving

Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl

Is Quinoa Oatmeal Healthy?

Absolutely! Here are some of the reasons why this easy oatmeal recipe is good for you:

  • High in Fiber: Quinoa is naturally high in fiber, and the berries add extra fiber to this dish. One serving of this quinoa oatmeal has almost 5 grams of fiber. Fiber is essential for healthy digestion, helps regulate blood sugar, and lowers cholesterol. 
  • Complete Protein Source: Quinoa is the only grain that’s also a complete protein, meaning that it contains all 9 essential amino acids all on its own! Normally, you have to pair a vegetarian protein (like beans) with a grain (like rice) in order for it to be a complete protein, but quinoa is like a 2 in 1 deal. Each serving of this quinoa oatmeal has 7 grams of protein.
  • Low in Sugar: Unlike store bought flavored oatmeal, granola or cereal; this Warm Berry Quinoa Oatmeal is relatively low in sugar. You can further reduce the sugar by reducing the amount of honey. 

Recipe FAQs

Is This Breakfast Cereal Kid Friendly?

This is the perfect special breakfast for kids. If your kids enjoy oatmeal they will love this quinoa oatmeal. It’s nutty and sweet, and kids can also choose their toppings which makes it even more fun for them to eat!

Is quinoa an oat?

Quinoa is not an oat. Quinoa is a grain crop, but the part of the crop that is eaten are the seeds. However, while quinoa is not an actual oat or grain, as the edible part of the plant that we eat is the seed, it is prepared similarly to other grains. Texturally, it’s probably most similar to steel cut oats as it’s slightly chewy but still a bit soft. It’s naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent substitute other grains.

Is Oatmeal or Quinoa Healthier for You?

Oats and quinoa are both healthy. I wouldn’t say one is healthier than the other. They’re both great for you in different ways.
Oats and quinoa have nearly the same amount of protein per serving, however quinoa is a complete plant protein containing all of the necessary amino acids in one source.
Both oats and quinoa are high in fiber. 
Oats are high in vitamins and nutrients such as manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, and some B vitamins. Quinoa is also high in these same vitamins and nutrients but to a slightly lesser percentage.

Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl

How To Store

To Store: Let the quinoa oatmeal cool, then transfer to an airtight container. This recipe will keep for 1-2 days in the fridge. It will taste even better the next day because all of the flavors will have more time to blend together! If you’re adding fruit, I recommend storing that separately as the fruit will get mushy when stored with the cooked quinoa. I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.

To Reheat: Simply reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds until warmed through.

Serving Suggestions

This quinoa oatmeal goes great with just about any breakfast side dish! Some of our favorites include:

Expert Tips

  • To make this dish vegan use non-dairy milk of choice, and maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Quinoa comes in many varieties, I used a multi-colored quinoa, but you could use white, red, or black on its own.
  • Use whatever nuts you have on hand. I used walnuts and pecans, but you could also use cashews, peanuts, or sliced almonds. 
  • Be sure to cook the quinoa covered. It will not steam and cook properly unless covered. Allow additional time to steam so that the liquid fully evaporates before serving.
  • If you don’t have blueberries and bananas, just throw in your favorite fruit – it will taste great!
Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl

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Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl
Quinoa Oatmeal with Nuts Milk and Berries, served in a blue bowl
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Creamy Quinoa Oatmeal

This Warm Berry Quinoa Oatmeal is a great way to start the day! Switch up your morning breakfast with added this delicious and creamy dish, filled with fresh berries, nuts, quinoa and your milk of choice. High in fiber, protein, naturally gluten-free and easily made vegan!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 257.3kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1% low fat organic milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 2 cups Fresh berries of choice including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or a combination
  • 1 medium banana sliced
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans toasted
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts toasted
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 dash salt

Instructions

  • Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed
  • Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes.
  • Stir in berries, bananas, nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey.
  • Transfer to plates, top with nuts and drizzle 1 teaspoon honey over each serving

Notes

Top Tips for Making Warm Berry Quinoa Oatmeal
  • To make this dish vegan use non-dairy milk of choice, and maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Quinoa comes in many varieties, I used a multi-colored quinoa, but you could use white, red, or black on its own.
  • Use whatever nuts you have on hand. I used walnuts and pecans, but you could also use cashews, peanuts, or sliced almonds. 
  • Be sure to cook the quinoa covered. It will not steam and cook properly unless covered. Allow additional time to steam and absorb liquid off of the heat. 
  • If you don’t have blueberries and bananas, just throw in your favorite fruit – it will taste great!

Nutrition

Calories: 257.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.2g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 9.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 47.9mg | Potassium: 219.2mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 15g

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