Sunday, January 13, 2013

Breakfast Quinoa with Coconut and Avocado

Are you sick of the typical breakfast? Are you over bagels and cream cheese, toast and peanut butter, oatmeal, and cereal?

If so, there's a chance that this could be the breakfast for you.

I say a chance because this is certainly an unusual breakfast. Here, quinoa, simmered in coconut milk, is topped with toasted coconut flakes and bits of avocado. I left the quinoa unsweetened because I'm not one for extra sugary dishes before work.

What you get is a unique bowl of food, loaded with protein and healthy fats, that will keep you fueled until lunchtime or beyond.

Of course, avocado is just one way that you could top this dish. Wouldn't it be delightful with bananas and pineapple? Fresh cherries? Whatever fresh fruit you have? Sweetened a bit with honey or maple syrup?

The possibilities are endless, but if you're up for it, I would give this combination a try. It's a lot of fun and certainly unique.

Breakfast Quinoa with Coconut and Avocado
recipe adapted from In Pursuit of More

This recipe yields four generous breakfast servings, possibly five.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 cup water

Add to each serving after reheating:
1 tablespoon toasted coconut
1 tablespoon coconut milk.
1/4 of a fresh avocado, sliced

In a small saucepan, combine quinoa, coconut milk and water. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low, allowing the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes until the quinoa is cooked.

Quinoa can be used immediately for eating OR transfered to the fridge and re-heated each morning for breakfast.

To serve: Heat 1/4 of the quinoa (about 1/2 cup) and 1 tablespoon coconut milk in the microwave or oven until warm. Stir. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon toasted coconut (I toast mine in the toaster oven on the toast setting for about 2 1/2 minutes while the quinoa is reheating). Add 1/4 of a sliced avocado to the top. Enjoy, eating a bit of coconut and avocado in each bite.


  1. Anything with coconut milk is a winner in my book! I love the idea of make-ahead breakfasts because it means I can take them to work with me. (For some reason, I never want breakfast before 10 a.m.) I'll have to give this a try!

    1. I'm not sure I could make it until 10 a.m. without breakfast!

  2. I really need to experiment more with grains/seeds for breakfast! This sounds so intriguing and I love how you could pull it in just about any flavor direction!

    1. Thank you! I did a different quinoa dish for breakfast this week that I'm excited about that's much more savory. I never realized what variety there could be for breakfast!

  3. I love the idea of making this and taking it to work. It sure beats picking up a bagel at the deli on the way...

    1. Thanks! I was in desperate need of a change for breakfast!