Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

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Wake up to a delightful breakfast and some fun facts. Fact: quinoa is a complete protein, which means it contains all of the nine essential amino acids. Fact: cranberries are a superfood that is available year-round. Fact: almonds may help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. This recipe will fuel you through a long day, and make you a little smarter, just by reading it!

Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa

Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 307 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 101 mg | Carbohydrates: 51 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 15 g | Protein: 8 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups apple juice (unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup diced apples (optional)


  1. Rinse and drain quinoa and place in a medium sized pot. Add apple juice, ginger and salt. Cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil. Cover and simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 15 minutes until liquid is evaporated.
Meanwhile in a microwave safe bowl add 1/3 cup water and sweet potato. Cover bowl and cook for about 3 minutes. Give it a stir and cook for 2 minutes more until potato is fork tender.
  3. Take potato out of bowl and place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth and pureed.
Once quinoa is cooked, fluff with a fork and whip in sweet potato puree and coconut milk. Cook uncovered over low heat for about 5 minutes more to thicken up, stirring occasionally.
Evenly divide quinoa in 4 bowls and top with almonds, dried fruit, and apples if desired.

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Quinoa Banana Berry Smoothie
Quinoa Protein Bars
Quinoa Chocolate Drops

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6 Comments on "Sweet Morning Breakfast Quinoa"

  1. Darla  October 16, 2015

    why can't canned coconut be used?

    • SkinnyMs  October 17, 2015

      Darla, I updated the recipe and it's fine to use canned coconut milk. 🙂

  2. suge  March 10, 2016

    ingredient list says apple juice but in the preparation it says Apple cider.

    • Gale Compton  March 11, 2016

      Suge, It’s apple juice. The typo has been fixed. 🙂

  3. Rebecca Linke  January 15, 2017

    Is this something that can be made a frozen in muffin tins and reheated later?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 15, 2017

      Hi Rebecca,

      Yes, you could easily freeze in portions and reheat! You may need to add a tablespoon or two of coconut milk during or after reheating to add more moisture so your quinoa isn’t gluey.


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