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Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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This Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is comforting, filling, and delicious. The perfect reason to have chocolate for breakfast. Serve with fresh fruit and any other toppings you prefer.

overhead view with chocolate quinoa in white bowl with spoons, cloth napkin, and small bowls with fresh berries.

Any reason that I can have chocolate for breakfast, I will take it! 

Especially when it is pair with quinoa and almond milk to make a filling breakfast bowl the whole family is sure to love. Begin by preparing the quinoa by washing it until the water runs clear. You do not want to skip this step because not rinsing may cause the quinoa to have a bitter taste and upset your stomach if you are sensitive. Also, use your hands to sift through the quinoa to make sure there is no debris such as tiny pebbles in the quinoa. 

The best way to do this is to grab a fine mesh strainer and add the quinoa into. Hold the strainer underneath running water until the cloudy water becomes clear, then the quinoa is ready to cook. Drain off any excess water and place it into the pan over medium-high heat to dry out the quinoa and toast it lightly. The rest of the recipe is simple and pretty hands-off. 

What ingredients are needed to make chocolate quinoa?

ingredients for chocolate quinoa in small bowls on marble surface

  1. Quinoa 
  2. Almond milk or any milk you prefer
  3. Coconut sugar or cane sugar
  4. Vanilla extract 
  5. Sea salt 
  6. Cocoa powder 

How to make this chocolate quinoa recipe:

Begin the recipe by thoroughly rinsing the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer for 2 minutes, using your hands to sort through and pick out any discolored pieces or pebbles that may remain. Once the water runs clear the quinoa is ready to use. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and once warm, add in the 1 cup quinoa and toast for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is dried out and lightly golden in color.

white quinoa in medium sauce pan

Slowly add in the 2 cups almond milk, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt, and stir. Bring the quinoa to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.

almond milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt added to quinoa in sauce pan

If the quinoa stops simmering, increase heat to medium-low. Once the liquid has absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder until combined.

cocoa powder added to quinoa in sauce pan

At this point, you can taste and adjust the flavor as needed and add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner texture. Serve each bowl of chocolate quinoa with some chopped chocolate, fresh berries, and banana slices.

close up side view chocolate quinoa in white bowl topped with fruit.

Topping suggestions for quinoa breakfast bowls:

  • Chopped chocolate
  • Fresh raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries
  • Nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds
  • Chia seeds or hemp seeds
  • Banana slices 
  • Your favorite nut butter
chocolate quinoa in white serving bowl topped with fresh berries, chocolate, and banana.

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is comforting, filling, and delicious. The perfect reason to have chocolate for breakfast. Serve with fresh fruit and any other toppings you prefer.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate quinoa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
  • 2 cups almond milk, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • chocolate, roughly chopped
  • fresh berries (any combination)
  • sliced banana

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by thoroughly rinsing the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer for 2 minutes, using your hands to sort through and pick out any discolored pieces or pebbles that may remain. Once the water runs clear the quinoa is ready to use.
  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and once warm, add in the 1 cup quinoa and toast for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is dried out and lightly golden in color.
  • Slowly add in the 2 cups almond milk, 2 tablespoons coconut sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, a pinch of sea salt, and stir. Bring the quinoa to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  • If the quinoa stops simmering, increase heat to medium-low. Once the liquid has absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder until combined. 
  • At this point, you can taste and adjust the flavor as needed and add more almond milk if you prefer a thinner texture.
  • Serve each bowl of chocolate quinoa with some chopped chocolate, fresh berries, and banana slices.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 2mg
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hand holding spoon with chocolate quinoa on it over bowl.

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6 Comments

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    Sonya
    January 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Yummy yum!!! I love eating quinoa for breakfast. I’ll have to try it with a little chocolate and bananas. I usually have it with coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, and either an apple or a banana. Sometimes I’ll go for a savory breakfast with quinoa with spinach 🙂

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      admin
      January 12, 2016 at 9:13 AM

      That sounds delicious…I’ll have to give those a try!! I love quinoa because its so filling.

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    Akaleistar
    January 12, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    I haven’t tried quinoa in a sweet recipe, but that looks tasty!

    • Reply
      admin
      January 13, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      Thank you…yes I enjoy sweet quinoa as well, just started doing it.

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    Tamara
    January 14, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    This looks so delicious. I need a complete breakfast rehaul. It’s gotten boring.
    Also, I love the idea of making small steps. They add up eventually!

    • Reply
      admin
      January 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM

      Yes so true…Thank you, give it a try 🙂

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