Spiced Breakfast Quinoa

Spiced Breakfast Quinoa

9 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013

Quinoa is often turned into a creamy hot breakfast cereal in Bolivia, where much of the world's quinoa is grown. This healthy breakfast quinoa recipe is a hot cereal that is infused with an aromatic chai-inspired blend of spices—cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons currants or raisins


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  1. Place quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse well with cold water. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add quinoa and cook, stirring, until the grains are separated and smell fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the quinoa is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in honey and vanilla.
  2. Whisk egg white in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of the hot cereal. Repeat with 5 more tablespoons until the egg white is completely incorporated. Stir in currants (or raisins). Return the cereal to the saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat until thickened slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day; serve cold or reheat over low heat or in the microwave; thin with water or milk as desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: scant 1 cup
  • Per serving: 311 calories; 4 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 58 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 86 mcg folate; 6 mg cholesterol; 32 g sugars; 17 g added sugars; 254 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 193 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 161 mg sodium; 547 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (22% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, ½ fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, ½ low-fat milk

Reviews 9

April 17, 2017
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By: klang1031
I liked this recipe more so For its health benefits than anything else. I've never had Quinoa before. So the taste was different. But I followed the recipe pretty much to the letter. Except I added cranberries and vanilla at the beginning of the cooking process as opposed to the end. I will make it again. I would also recommend it to my friends and family.
May 24, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Yummy So I was craving hot cereal and as I am in between jobs am having to use what's on hand. I used raw unfiltered honey, coconut milk and water I find it is creamier I did not use egg as I well didn't have any and had no raisins so I cooked up a banana in some coconut oil with cinnamon and a bit of vanilla toasted some raw crushed walnuts and yum! I believe with this you could use any fruit you want as I have severe sensitivity to dairy and gluten this was off the chain. Will be making this a go to and make ahead breakfast food a regular. Pros: Was relish! Hit the hot cereal spot for me
October 04, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Don't use red quinoa So all I had was red quinoa so I tried it with that. The flavors were good, but it stayed kind of chewy and didn't have a great texture. I would not advise using red quinoa. I think it would have been fine with regular white quinoa though! Pros: Good flavors
October 26, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
A new hot breakfast favorite! I had been wanting to try this for a while and a cold weekend morning seemed like the right time. It's amazing--well worth the extra time/steps it took to make it. I didn't change a thing--except taking another reviewer's advice to put the raisins in from the start to plump them up.
September 18, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Perfect for a cold morning I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter, except that I put the raisins in right from the start so that they would plump up and be nice and juicy. It makes a big difference. Next time I would probably add a wee bit more cinnamon and vanilla, but it was still really good just the way it's written! Pros: Easy to make, simple ingredients
March 14, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
tasty with added goodies We enjoyed this. I did use freshly grated nutmeg and a touch more cinnamon. To the finished product I mixed in toasted walnuts and pepitas and topped each bowl with unsweetened, shredded coconut. Its a keeper in our house!
March 09, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Very tasty! I used almond-coconut milk and added 1/8 tsp. of cardamom and allspice to more closely mimic my favorite chai. It was fast and delicious. Let it sit for a few minutes before eating to let everything meld together. It's a keeper.
March 03, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Smells great, interesting texture. It's worth making just for the amazing smells from those spices. The quinoa had an interesting texture that I'm not sure I like so next time I'll make it with regular oat meal.
March 02, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Very good, needs more sweet.... I really enjoyed making this on a frosty morning as something different to try. The texture reminded me of cream of wheat. I do enjoy a Chai Latte every so often and this was definitely in that spice arena. I didn't have raisins or currants on hand so I used dates. I felt that it did need something after making it. I added more honey because I was out of dates that rounded it out nicely. I will be making this again but with figs next time. Pros: Flavorful and different, Cons: Needs more sweet
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