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Breakfast Quinoa


Usually served in savory side dishes, quinoa -- a high-protein seed -- also makes a wonderful hot cereal.

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2010


  • 2 cups whole or low-fat milk, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) fresh blueberries, plus more for serving


  1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

  2. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in blueberries, and cook for 30 seconds. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and blueberries.

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  • Rosered77
    14 JUN, 2015
    I love this recipe is a little too difficult to cook with 2 cups of milk so I divide it in half with water. I can leave it on the stove without checking it too much. Other than that I love it and I cook this recipe regularly
  • Nichole Leighton
    15 JUL, 2014
    This is a great, simple recipe for a hot breakfast that is going to keep you full. I don't consume dairy so in place of the milk I used the canned lite coconut milk and added a little cinnamon and toasted coconut. Delicious!
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  • Celia C
    26 FEB, 2014
    This was delicious! I didn't have blueberries on hand so I just used raisins. So warm and filling. The other reviewers have used a great variety of fruits. This shows the great flexibility of this recipe. Use your imagination and tailor the recipe to your liking. YUM!
  • BrooklynEats
    6 FEB, 2014
    This was so good! I subbed in almond milk for the milk and added chopped banana and shredded coconut. It was really satisfying and nice to have cooking on its own on the stove while I got ready for work.
  • Rebecca Wright
    18 JUN, 2013
    It is sooo yummy! Way better than oatmeal. So glad I found this recipe! Great texture!
  • Pam Reinders-Cooley
    10 FEB, 2013
    I loved it. I am always looking for a low carbohydrate, protein replacement food, and Quinoa is my go to. To find recipes for Quinoa that taste good it great.
  • Davida Dean
    20 MAY, 2012
    I made this for my son Jacob, who is 8. Jacob said "Its okay when hot, but I like to play and not eat. And when it gets tastes icky. Maybe I should eat first and play later." I made with raspberries and brown sugar. He added alot of splenda. It is his first taste of Quinoa. Next I will try something Savory.
  • scogginsaf
    7 NOV, 2011
    I LOVED this! I used the Splenda/Brown Sugar combination with Almond Milk instead of regular milk and it was so delicious. I made it for 3 other girls as well and they really liked it too! (those were honest opinions too, I did not persuade them :)
  • MS112702038
    6 NOV, 2011
    Ever since I was introduced to quinoa two years ago, I have been making this delicious and healthy version of porridge. I make it with soy milk, delicious!