Gluten-Free Quinoa and Yogurt Breakfast Recipes

Black Cherry-Almond Breakfast Meal

This vegetarian nut-dairy-grain meal "sticks to your bones," as my grandma would say.  Translation: it keeps you feeling satisfied and full for a nice, long time.
This vegetarian nut-dairy-grain meal "sticks to your bones," as my grandma would say. Translation: it keeps you feeling satisfied and full for a nice, long time. | Source

Quinoa

Quinoa is one of the new kids on the block. Do not apply English phonic rules to say its name; the name is correctly pronounced "KEEN-wa."

Quinoa is a small seed grain originally cultivated by Andean peoples before the invasion of Europeans in South America. Currently, the largest producers of quinoa are Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. Although one once needed to scour health food stores to purchase quinoa, it has now made its way to the shelves of mainstream grocery stores.

Quinoa Grain

Quinoa is available in boxes at the grocery and also in bulk food markets.
Quinoa is available in boxes at the grocery and also in bulk food markets. | Source
Cooked quinoa has small light germ ring around each grain.
Cooked quinoa has small light germ ring around each grain. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 16 min
Yields: One serving.

Cooked Quinoa - The Common Beginning

A great feature of these recipes is that the quinoa can be cooked the night before or even two days before. Since these are cold breakfast entrees, using pre-cooked, refrigerated grain works.

These are instructions for cooking a single serving portion of quinoa.

In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of water with 1/4 cup of quinoa. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Watch the boiling and lower the heat if needed to prevent boiling over or burning. Then turn off the heat and keep the saucepan covered with a lid for 10 minutes. By the end of that time, all the water should be absorbed and the quinoa is cooked.

Cooking the Quinoa

One half cup of water is used for each one-quarter cup of quinoa.
One half cup of water is used for each one-quarter cup of quinoa. | Source
One-quarter cup of dry grain is the recommended single serving size.
One-quarter cup of dry grain is the recommended single serving size. | Source
Barely any equipment is required for this hearty meal.
Barely any equipment is required for this hearty meal. | Source

Ingredients for the Black Cherry- Almond Breakfast Parfait

  • 1/4 plus cup quinoa, cooked
  • single serving container black cherry Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced almonds

Black Cherry Yogurt and Almonds

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Instructions

  1. Spread cooked quinoa at the bottom of a bowl.
  2. Open the yogurt, stir it to mix, and spread over the quinoa.
  3. Sprinkle the almonds over the yogurt.

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Another Option Using Different Super Foods

In the first recipe, almonds shine as they provide significant Vitamin E and good fats that lower one's bad cholesterol. The black cherries are also a super food. Recent studies show that tart black cherries are packed with significant melatonin — a hormone credited with slowing the aging, helping sleep and fighting jet lag, and depression.

Blueberries are one of the foods considered to be a super food. Blueberries have anthocyanins, chemicals associated with health benefits such as prevention of heart disease and cancer. Some researchers feel that these anthocyanins may combat aging and reverse age-related memory loss. Walnuts are also regarded as a super food for the heart and the brain.

Ingredients for the Blueberry-Walnut Breakfast Parfait

  • 1/4 plus cup, cooked quinoa
  • one single serving container blueberry Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon walnuts

Blueberry Yogurt and Walnuts

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Instructions

  1. Spread the cooked quinoa at the bottom of a bowl
  2. Open the yogurt, stir to mix, and spread on the grain.
  3. Sprinkle the walnuts over the yogurt.

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Nutritional Benefits

These are the statistics for each recipe.

Black Cherry-Almond Breakfast Parfait:

Calories 377

Fats 73 g

Carbohydrates 56 g

Sugars 23 g

Fiber 5 g

Protein 20 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 53 mg

Vitamin C 4%

Calcium 17%

Iron 14%

Copper 7%

Vitamin E 12%

Riboflavin 57%

Phosphorus 30%

Manganese 20%

Magnesium 10%

Blueberry-Walnut Breakfast Parfait

Calories 402

Fats 93 g

Carbohydrates 54 g

Sugars 25 g

Fiber 4 g

Protein 20 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 53 mg

Vitamin D 15%

Calcium 16%

Iron 14%

Riboflavin 50 %

Phosphorus 23%

Magnesium 5%

Fuel Up

These simple but uncommon meals are an easy way to fuel up for the morning. They also have the benefit of helping you maintain a healthy life. That should put a smile on the face of even Morning Grumps.

Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I like quinoa, but I've never thought of mixing it with fruit yogurt. I'll try your recipes soon. They sound great with respect to both taste and nutrition!


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, AliciaC. I wanted to try something other than oats in a gluten-free breakfast dish.


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cloverleaffarm 2 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Oh, I love quinoa. I use it for breakfast, add it to salads for lunch, and eat it as a side dish with dinner. It is such a versatile food.


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Good for you! I am just getting into using it. Thanks, cloverleaffarm!


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midnightbliss 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach

I love quinoa and eat it often, although never for breakfast. But, your blueberry-walnut breakfast parfait looks and sounds absolutely delicious! What other yogurt/fruit/nut combinations would you recommend with quinoa?


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TotalHealth 2 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

Interesting idea! I use quinoa in several lunch/dinner meal recipes, but I never considered it for breakfast. I like this seed grain because it's simple to prepare and my body processes it quite efficiently. The taste, however, is pretty bland. Thus, your combing this food with nuts, fruit and yogurt makes a lot of sense. Now you have me thinking about what yogurt and nuts to use with strawberries and quinoa. - Thanks .


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

midnightbliss and TotalHealth, thanks for your kind comments1 I am thinking about other combinations ...maybe strawberry and pecan, lemon and filbert (hazelnut), raspberry and cashew?


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liesl5858 2 years ago from United Kingdom

What a good idea for breakfast, thanks for sharing your useful hub. Voted up.


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, liesl5858. Making a batch of quinoa the night before is a great time-saver in the morning.


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hellovictoria 2 years ago from Atlanta

yum! I'll definitely be trying this as I must eat gluten free and would like some variety...voted up, thanks for the recipe!


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

hellovictoria, glad I could help.


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The Dirt Farmer 2 years ago from United States

I've been collecting breakfast recipes on Pinterest and will add this one. It sounds good (even though it lacks chocolate chips). lol Good one!


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Well, Dirt Farmer, improvise and add dark chocolate!

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