Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls

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Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor.  Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying breakfast! {Dairy-Free}

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor. Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying breakfast! @FlavortheMoment

Can you believe it’s already the middle of  January?   It’s going by quick, but I’m happy to report that my new year goals of healthy eating and exercise are in full swing.

These Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are one way I’m sticking to the whole healthy eating thing.  I kicked off 2017 off with my Coconut Cream Pie Chia Overnight Oats recipe, which I loved.  I make oats for breakfast all the time, so I figured it’s about time to give quinoa some love.

I haven’t posted a breakfast quinoa recipe since this Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Quinoa way back in 2014.  I really enjoyed it, so I have no idea why I haven’t come up with a new version of breakfast quinoa until now?  Bowls are all the rage right now, and I love that you can pile on the delicious toppings.

I’m thinking breakfast quinoa bowls should be a thing…or is it already a thing and I just don’t know?  That’s highly plausible, because I’m often behind the times in the world of food trends.

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor. Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying breakfast! @FlavortheMoment

I don’t follow a dairy free diet, but almond milk is always in my fridge because I use it all the time in my overnight oats and breakfast quinoa.

When it comes to dairy-free products, Silk is a brand that I love.  They’re products are silky smooth (hence the name!) and plant-based with no GMO.  They’re a great option for healthier living.

Silk has a wonderful variety of dairy free milk including almond, cashew, soy, coconut, coffee creamers, and even yogurt!  Click here to check out all of Silk’s amazing products.

While I was on a shopping trip at my local Walmart store, I picked up some Silk Almond Milk and Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative, complete with new packaging.  Be on the lookout for it!

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I used Silk Almond Milk in these Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls, and did it ever make the quinoa creamy!  It’s got a mild nutty flavor that I love, and it’s low in calorie with no cholesterol or saturated fat.  It’s a great swap for milk in cereals, smoothies, shakes, and more.  For recipe inspiration, click. here.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate Silk’s Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternatives into my breakfast quinoa bowls as well.  The yogurt is available in 6 flavors, and is unbelievably smooth and creamy.  It’s cholesterol free, vegetarian, and includes 6 grams of plant-based protein.  It’s perfect for breakfast and snacks!

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor. Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying breakfast! @FlavortheMoment

These Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are ridiculously easy to make.  I suggest starting things off by whipping up a quick batch of my Homemade Chai Spice Mix, which you’ll love adding to your oatmeal, smoothies, quick breads, etc.

From there, place your quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and rinse it well with water.  Don’t skip this step as the outer coating of quinoa can make your dish taste bitter or soapy.  A quick rinse is all it takes to fix this!

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Next, add the quinoa, almond milk, chai spice mix, and maple syrup to a medium sauce pan and stir well.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat, cover, and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid.  Add the vanilla extract, fluff with a fork, and you’re ready to assemble your bowls!

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Here’s where you have a decision to make –>  stir in (1) 5.3 ounce container of Silk’s vanilla yogurt in the entire batch of quinoa, or simply use it as a topping.  It’s great either way!

The quinoa is only mildly sweet, so if you choose not to incorporate any yogurt into your bowls, you may want to add a drizzle of maple syrup for added sweetness as well.

I chose to top my bowls with crisp, sweet apples, along with sliced almonds for added crunch.  You can customize your bowls with whatever fruits, nuts, or toppings that you have on hand.  Just make sure you serve them with extra chai spice mix — there’s never enough in my opinion!

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You can find these products in Walmart on the Dairy aisle in the back of the store.  Which Silk products would you choose?

 

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor. Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying dairy-free breakfast! @FlavortheMoment

 

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls
 
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Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor. Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying breakfast!
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons homemade chai spice mix
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Toppings (optional):
  • Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative in vanilla
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sliced almonds
  • Extra chai spice and maple syrup for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Place the quinoa, almond milk, maple syrup, and chai spice mix into a medium sauce pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid. Remove from heat, uncover, and add the vanilla extract and fluff with a fork.
  2. You may stir in (1) 5.3 ounce container of Silk vanilla yogurt into the entire batch of quinoa, or use it to top the quinoa along with your favorite toppings if desired.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Nutrition information does not include the Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative or any toppings.
The quinoa is only mildly sweet. If you choose not to use the yogurt as a topping, you may enjoy an extra drizzle of maple syrup.
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.

Vanilla Chai Breakfast Quinoa Bowls are a hearty, healthy breakfast packed with warm chai spice and cozy vanilla flavor. Top it with fresh fruit, almonds, and yogurt for one satisfying dairy-free breakfast! @FlavortheMoment