bowl of cooked quinoa, topped with raspberries and blueberries

A Whole Grain Morning Meal

Quinoa has become such a salad and side dish staple that we forget the role of this ancient whole grain as a morning meal. Providing a healthy serving of antioxidants and heart-healthy omega-3 fats, the added brown sugar and cinnamon create a wintry oatmeal-like aroma, brown sugar and applesauce for baked apple flavor and plump dates to add natural sweetness. For textural interest, sprinkle on some toasted almonds or unsalted pistachios.

Prep Instructions

  • Yield: 6 (3/4 cup) servings
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup quinoa, cereal flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons raisins
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dates, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Measure ingredients and chop the dates. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan combine the liquid ingredients, bring to a simmer and add the quinoa, stirring slowly.
  3. When the liquid comes back to simmer again, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until nice and creamy.

Nutritional Data

Calories: 161
Fat: 2.80 g
Saturated Fat: 0.21 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 95 mg
Carbohydrates: 28 g
Fiber: 2.51 g
Sugars: 14.65 g
Protein: 5.67 g
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