Breakfast Quinoa & an Online Bake Sale

Quinoa (keen-wah) is a grain packed with protein that can be substituted for couscous or rice.  It’s definitely a strange word to pronounce because it sounds nothing like how it’s spelled.  In fact,  my coworkers and I were just discussing the proper pronunciation of it last Friday during lunch.  However way you like to say it though, quinoa is a power grain that has a light, fluffy texture like couscous, but also has a bit of crunch to it.  I usually only see quinoa in savory dishes, so when I saw this recipe for a sweet quinoa in Food and Wine magazine, I knew I had to try it.  I made a few changes to the recipe like adding figs and coconut and substituting pecans for almonds.  This cereal is not only delicious, but it’s packed with protein, so it will keep you full for hours.  1 cup of quinoa doesn’t seem like much, but it cooks up to about 4 large servings.  I made mine on Sunday, so I’d have it for breakfast throughout the week.  Adding a dollop of ricotta cheese along with some fresh orange zest and cinnamon is the perfect way to start your morning off right!

If you really want to start your morning off right, then stop by Steph’s Bite By Bite for her online bake sale.  Steph is running a marathon to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Online bidding for a vast array of delicious goodies (including my Nutella & Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake) is happening today and only today (Monday), so be sure to stop by!!!


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup dried figs, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest and more for sprinkling
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup fresh ricotta


  1. In a small saucepan, cover the quinoa with the water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly fluff the quinoa with a fork and cover it again.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the pecans and cinnamon stick and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the apricots, figs, coconut, maple syrup, orange zest and and stir well until heated through.
  4. Add the quinoa to the skillet and stir gently to incorporate the pecans and dried fruit.
  5. Top each portion of quinoa with a tablespoon of ricotta and a sprinkling of cinnamon and orange zest.


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15 responses to “Breakfast Quinoa & an Online Bake Sale

  1. Love the versatility of quinoa..sweet or savory, morning, noon or nitght! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have not tried cooking with quinoa yet…this sounds like a great breakfast! I love the coconut and figs! Yummy! 🙂

  3. This quinoa looks heavenly! I love that it could be easily adapted to also be made with oatmeal! And the coconut sounds so yummy!!!! 😀

  4. Mom Kenyon

    I’ve never made quinoa but have heard alot about it at WW. I’ve been trying to eat more protein so this sounds like a delicious breakfast and mid-morning snack especially with the coconut. Thanks for sharing !!!

  5. That breakfast quinoa looks awesome! I’ve made a version of it before and it really does keep you full for hours because its packed with protein. It’s also so versatile because you can add pretty much anything you want to it and it picks up the flavor!

  6. Ang

    This looks perfect! What great combinations! Hope you have a great week.

  7. I never even thought of using it for a breakfast meal! Love the idea!

  8. yay for Quinoa – love it. I spent a full15 minutes with a group of ladies at a weight loss meeting trying to teach them to say “keen – wa”…they were arguing that it should be “Kin-Oh-Wa” I finally had to play the “who in the room watches the most Food Network” card.

  9. I love quinoa around dinner time but I’ve never seen the sweet variety! I really like the idea of it though.. I’ll have to try this very soon 🙂

  10. Quinoa for breakfast sounds great!… love how versatile it is and this dish looks fantastic:)

  11. I can’t believe I’ve never tried Quinoa before! I really need to.

  12. Your breakfast looks sooo good – I would not have a problem waking up knowing that a bowl with all that yumminess in it was waiting for me!

  13. Sounds yummy!!! Would be good for dessert too. 🙂

  14. looks awesome!!! I will have to try this soon! Thanks for stopping by my blog : )

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