Quinoa Breakfast

23 Oct

Recently increasing my activity levels while going gluten and dairy free has meant that many MANY times I have find myself very VERY hungry. If I don’t have good salad and meat in the fridge, and with no alternatives like a big burger or protein shake (which I avoid due to their content of milk powder) I end up grumpy, mean to my boyfriend and resort to bad food like potato chips.

Desperate to broaden my breakfast repertoire beyond eggs (which I love, but shouldn’t live on), thankfully I stumbled upon The Holistic Dish, a lovely place of organic, fresh, vegan/vegetarian, gluten free and sports performance food creations. That same day I also found a ‘vegan’ protein shake recipe from Run Addicts which I will post later. Now my cupboards are stocked with hunger-busting, GF and DF friendly ingredients, to keep me happy, healthy (and in my relationship).

Today is my first experience with Quinoa (Keen-Wah) thanks to this recipe from The Holistic Dish. This meal was tasty, light, satisfying and should provide a great start to an activity-filled day (beach volleyball, swimming and crossfit) thanks to its high nutritional value.

Visit the original recipe here for more information and a lovely accompanying photograph which was better than mine.


1 cup of quinoa (prepare as per package)
Handful of Raisins
Handful of Walnuts
Milk (Holistic Dish recommends coconut. I use soy).


Add quinoa, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon. Mix and serve into two bowls with a drizzle with honey. Top with warm milk and serve immediately.

Prep time 15 mins. Serves 2.


Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Food


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4 responses to “Quinoa Breakfast

  1. Marika

    October 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Great post, Alicia! I love Quinoa for brekkie 🙂 It’s so filling and yummy AND healthy at the same time. I will definitely check out the other recipes and would like to know more about the ‘vegan’ protein shake.

  2. Alicia

    October 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Thanks Marika! You are super fit and glowing at the moment, and it’s a great testament to quinoa if you have been eating this super food!

    Do you have a favourite quinoa recipe that you would be happy to share? I’d like to try more things with it.

    I’m going to try the protein shake tonight, and then I’ll blog about it to let you know what it’s like. I hope it’s good!

    • Marika

      October 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      Well, I love to have quinoa porridge with poached apples and/or pear. For a while I cooked the quinoa in half water/half coconut milk. I’m back to ‘normal’ milk now but use the organic full cream milk. Adding a bit of honey and cinnamon tops it all off. 🙂 If I don’t have time to make porridge myself in the morning, I get some really yummy porridge on the way to work from IKU (a vegan take-away shop).

  3. Alicia

    October 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Yum! Poached apples is a great idea!
    I make my quinoa with water and top it with milk when I’m ready to eat it. I imagine not adding the milk at the end would make the dish even ‘lighter’.
    Also, I made a big batch of the quinoa yesterday (the whole box actually) and have stored it in the fridge for three or four more breakfasts.

    I’m going to try cold quinoa with nuts and mango too, as summer fruits are coming into season.


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