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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2013


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

311 calories; protein 12.4g; carbohydrates 58.3g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 31.8g; fat 3.9g; saturated fat 1.1g; cholesterol 6.1mg; vitamin a iu 253.6IU; vitamin c 0.6mg; folate 86.3mcg; calcium 193.2mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 105mg; potassium 547.4mg; sodium 161.2mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 17g.

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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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! Read More