It’s official. I love quinoa. I once was lost but now I’m found, and my want and willingness to use this grain has done a 180. This just comes to show you that if at first you might not like something, all it takes is a couple of tries and a new way to look at it and you’re hooked (just make sure this is something healthy first)!

 

Instead of just having quinoa for dinner or lunch, I now try to think of new and fun ways to incorporate it into different types of meals, like breakfast. I first tried having quinoa for breakfast when I made my Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Quinoa, and after my first bite I was hooked. Since then I have had this meal almost 2-3 times a week, making a large batch of it one night or morning, and then storing it in the fridge to have it at my convenience.

 

After enjoying this recipe so much, I knew I had to try out a different variation. I bought some pure cocoa powder for Valentine’s Day and thought that quinoa and cocoa might go pretty well together. Turns out…. it does. I soon realized I had some lite coconut milk leftover from the dinner the night before, and thought this could go great with the cocoa powder and maybe some almonds. This then resulted in a breakfast I now call…Almond Joy Breakfast Quinoa (the name totally fits if I say so myself).

 

I am so loving this recipe right now, and I really can’t get enough of it. I make a big batch that will last at least 3 days (I triple or quadruple the recipe) so I don’t even have to think about breakfast in the morning or most of the nights before. Doing this allows me (and you) to have a simple, quick and healthy meal for breakfast that provides our bodies with optimal nutrition. Complete Protein (check). Fiber (check). Healthy Fuel/Complex Carbs (check). B vitamins (check). Vitamin E (check). Freakin Delicious (check). Do I need to say more??

 

Like always, this recipe is very simple to make and nourishing for our bodies and minds. It just involves a few simple steps of measuring, stirring, simmering and then eating. Like how easy is that?? It also stores very well in the fridge for about a week and a half and I promise if you bring this to work (or near other people), erryybody will my J-E-A jealous! So time to put on your quinoa crown and get cookin because this Almond Joy Breakfast Quinoa is totally calling your name!

Almond Joy Breakfast Quinoa

Almond Joy Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2 tbsp lite coconut milk (from the can)
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/8 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. In a small pot combine quinoa, both types of coconut milk, stevia, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and almond extract and stir until well combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes, or until quinoa is sprouted and water is absorbed.
  3. When quinoa is done cooking, scoop into a bowl, top with almonds and enJOY!

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As a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist, Sara not only practices what she preaches, but she also eats what she practices. Sara's philosophy about food and nutrition is simple; eat real food, make it yourself, enjoy every step, and leave room for laughter. Sara shares more of her delicious recipes at EatLaughDrink.com.
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