After today, hopefully, this Pumpkin Spice Cacao Quinoa Breakfast Bowl will.
First of all, I used to butcher the pronunciation of this word in the most hopelessly southern way and call it “kwin-oh-ah” (imagine a nice southern drawl). One day years ago my partner at the time informed me that it was, in fact, pronounced “keen-wah”.
Quinoa is something that I typically reserved for meal prepping, grain bowls, cutting weight before a Muay Thai fight. Maybe for the occasional soup or chili.
I’ve never thought of it as a breakfast item. That is, until recently when a couple of my private coaching clients have admitted being burnt out on oats.
I thought, what other foods can I incorporate for a breakfast filled with complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and balanced nutrition overall? My question was answered when I got my shipment from Ancient Harvest this month FULL of quinoa. If you’re not familiar, it’s gluten-free and contains all nine essential amino acids.
Even if you’re not a fan of quinoa texture, I encourage you to try this warm and cozy breakfast bowl. It’s satisfying, comforting, packed with seasonal ingredients, and downright tasty. Sean thought it looked like “chili mac” 😑. He also had zero complaints as he ate bowls of it for breakfast the other day 🧐.
Place quinoa and water in a pan over medium heat and bring to boil; cover with a lid and let simmer for 15 minutes, until all the water is absorbed.
Turn the heat low, add coconut milk, pumpkin, honey, chia seeds and cacao powder, and mix to combine and heat thoroughly. If you're toasting pumpkin seeds and nuts now would be a good time to do that in a frying pan or on a baking sheet. Toast until fragrant and don't burn :).
Transfer into serving bowls, garnish with toasted seeds and nuts, chocolate/cacao and coconut flakes and serve warm.
This recipe is my favorite served hot on a crisp morning, but it’s also delicious if made ahead and eaten cold.
As always, if you whip this Pumpkin Spice Cacao Quinoa Breakfast Bowl up please snap a photo, tag me, and use the hashtag #livingwellseats. It seriously makes my day to see your beautiful food creations.
If you’re looking for any other bangin’ breakfast ideas, look no further than this cacao almond pancake stack below or my Golden Grilled Banana Breakfast Bowl. I made the latter for a retreat last weekend and there were zero not empty bowls in the house.