Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe is from Dr. John La Puma's recent release - Chef MD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine. I found it at 101cookbooks.com. Their description follows: "I used red quinoa here, but you can use whatever kind you like, white/buff colored seems to be the most common. Also, a few notes and tips from the book: low-fat soy milk may replace the low fat milk, blueberries may replace the balckberried, dark honey may replace the agave nectar, and walnuts may replace the pecans." I had 1 1/2 cups of frozen blackberries. I thawed them and made up the 1/2 cup difference with fresh strawberries. I used pecans and regular honey. YUM!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon; transfer to four bowls and top with pecans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon agave nectar over each serving.
  2. *While the quinoa cooks, roast the pecans in a 350F degree toaster oven for 5-6 minutes or in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes.


Most Helpful

I found this recipe elsewhere online and thought it was so good I came here to post it, but I was too late! It is a delicious warm and comforting breakfast that is much lighter than oatmeal. Makes a great warm breakfast for spring or summer if you are regularly an oatmeal eater. I rinsed my quinoa and toasted it in the dry pan first which I think gives it better flavor. The only downside is that it does take a little longer than oatmeal so it is a bit of a time crunch on a weekday.

KellyMac6 January 25, 2011

Wonderful recipe! Scaled down to 2 servings thinking I would have some left over for tomorrow. Instead, I ate it all up in one sitting! I forgot to add the cinnamon and pecans and will do so tomorrow when I make this again. I substituted Trader Joe's Organic Reduced Sugar Blackberry Jam for the agave nectar. I had the Agave Nectar on hand but wanted to try it with the jam first. I love this breakfast! Oh, I ate all the fresh blackberries this morning so tomorrow I will have to go without. It's so good I am sure it won't matter!

mybirdzone April 01, 2009

Loved it!! It was my first time making a sweet version of quinoa. I will definately be making this again. I used regular quinoa, strawberries and whole organic milk because it is what I had. I just love the way Heidi Swanson of 101cookbooks.com cooks. I have loved every recipe of hers that I have tried so far.

LoveGoodFood July 08, 2008

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