Breakfast Quinoa Berry Bowl

Black Quinoa Berry Bowl

Start by soaking the quinoa overnight. Not only does an overnight soak increase the available nutrients in the quinoa grains, but it also significantly reduces the cooking time the next morning. Tip: We do this with our steel-cut oats too!

1/4 cup black quinoa
1/4 cup red quinoa
1 cup water
Pinch salt
Pinch cinnamon
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blackberries

Serve with:
Almond milk (or any milk will do!)
Fresh berries
Chopped pistachios
Honey or Maple syrup – optional

Soak black and red quinoa overnight in 1 cup of water.

In the morning, drain and rinse quinoa and place in a small pot. Add 1 cup fresh water, salt and cinnamon, and bring to a boil. Cover pot, lower heat and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until quinoa has softened (it will still be firm but shouldn’t be hard). Stir in berries and cook for another 5 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat, divide between bowls and top with almond milk, berries and pistachios. Serve warm, with a drizzle of sweetener if you like.

Photo: Stephen Johnson

Amy Chaplin is a chef and recipe developer in New York City. Her cookbook At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen came out this fall. She blogs at

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