Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

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Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls are filled with creamy quinoa steel cut oatmeal and includes 4 delicious variations.  They’re gluten free, dairy free, vegan and great for meal prep!

quinoa oatmeal overhead shot with all variations

Am I the only one that had a rough time getting back in the swing of things last week?  It was hard getting back into work mode and getting to the gym at least 4 times (which is my new year’s goal).  

One thing that made last week easier was having these Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls prepped and ready to go. 

This breakfast certainly made it easier for me to get out of bed. 🙂

distant overhead shot of quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls

I spent the week after Christmas in Boise with my family, and tried an amazing coconut quinoa oatmeal at one of our favorite cafés.  I fell in love with it and was inspired to develop my own recipe as soon as I got home.

The idea to combine quinoa and steel cut oats into one porridge is pretty genius.  I love quinoa porridge and steel cut oats on their own, but together they’re even better.

I truly love the texture of this oatmeal.  The oats make it chewy and dense, while the quinoa makes it light and fluffy.  

The creamy coconut milk brings it all together for one amazing combination.  

Quinoa vs. Oatmeal

tropical quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls

Both of these grains have many health benefits as outlined below:

Quinoa is known as a super grain, but is actually a seed from a flowering plant in the amaranth family.  

Nutrition in 1/4 cup of quinoa includes:

  • 180 calories
  • 34 grams carbohydrates
  • 5 grams protein
  • 4 grams dietary fiber
  • 3 grams fat
  • 2.01 mg iron (10% daily value)
  • 300mg potassium (6% daily value)

Steel cut oats are also known as Irish oatmeal or groats. 

Nutrition in 1/4 cup of uncooked steel cut oats includes roughly: 

  • 150 calories
  • 27 grams carbohydrates
  • 5 grams protein
  • 4 grams fiber
  • 2.5 grams fat
  • 1.7mg iron (10% daily value)
  • 140 mg potassium (10% daily value)

Quinoa oatmeal ingredients

banana chocolate chip quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls

The foundation of these breakfast bowls is a combination of creamy quinoa and oatmeal, which has minimal prep and cooks up in about 25 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Quinoa
  • Steel cut oats
  • Coconut milk
  • Water
  • Maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

How to make Oatmeal and Quinoa

quinoa oatmeal in pot

  • Place the coconut milk and water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Add the quinoa, steel cut oats, maple syrup and pinch of salt and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has been absorbed.

Breakfast bowl variations

Your quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls may be customized to suit your tastes or whatever you have in your pantry and fridge.

Suggested ingredients include:

I’ve come up with the (4) quinoa oatmeal bowl variations for you to enjoy:

Blueberry Almond Butter

blueberry almond butter quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls

 

Tropical

close up tropical quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls

 

Banana Chocolate Chip

front shot of banana chocolate chip quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls

 

Vanilla Almond Raspberry

close up vanilla almond raspberry quinoa breakfast bowls

 

How to store and reheat breakfast bowls for meal prep

The quinoa oatmeal keeps for up to 5 days and reheats well, which makes it a perfect meal prep option.

  • Simply place a half cup portion of the oatmeal in a jar or container large enough and add 1/4 – 1/3 cup more milk of choice. 
  • Secure tightly with a lid until ready to serve, then remove the lid and heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
  • For best results, add most fresh fruit toppings after heating.

vanilla almond raspberry quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls in meal prep jar

Recipe Notes

  • I used light canned coconut milk for this recipe, but use the milk of your choice.
  • The maple syrup may be substituted with your favorite sweetener.  
  • Quinoa oatmeal is mildly sweet, so add more sweetener to suit your taste.

See all of my Breakfast recipes.

More delicious oatmeal recipes you’ll love:

Baked oatmeal cups

Baked steel cut oatmeal

Blueberry overnight oats

Instant pot steel cut oats by Detoxinista

Overnight steel cut oatmeal

Quinoa porridge

Slow cooker steel cut oats

Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Yield: 6 1/2 cup servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls are filled with creamy quinoa steel cut oatmeal and includes 4 delicious ways to customize them.  They're gluten free, dairy free, vegan and great for meal prep!

Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Ingredients

Quinoa Oatmeal Base Recipe:

  • 2 cups coconut milk (or your favorite milk)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

Blueberry Almond Butter:

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 teaspoons coconut oil

Tropical:

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup chopped papaya or mango
  • 3 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes

Banana Chocolate Chip:

  • 2 large bananas, sliced
  • 6 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
  • 6 teaspoons chia seeds (optional)

Vanilla Almond Raspberry:

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 6 tablespoons sliced toasted almonds

Instructions

Prepare the Quinoa Oatmeal:

  1. Place the coconut milk and water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the quinoa, steel cut oats, maple syrup and pinch of salt and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has been absorbed.

Blueberry Almond Butter Bowl:

  1. Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon to quinoa oatmeal during the cooking time.
  2. Divide the oatmeal into bowls and top with blueberries.
  3. Place the almond butter and coconut oil in a small bowl and microwave on high for 20 seconds or so until softened. Stir together until combined and drizzle over the blueberries.

Tropical Bowl:

  1. Divide the oatmeal into bowls or meal prep jars and top with pineapple, papaya or mango, kiwi and coconut flakes.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bowl:

  1. Top the quinoa oatmeal with sliced banana, chocolate chips and chia seeds if using.
  2. You may also mash the banana and stir it into the oatmeal.

Vanilla Almond Raspberry Bowls:

  1. Stir the vanilla extract into the oatmeal when it's finished cooking.
  2. Divide into bowls and top with raspberries and almonds.

Meal Prep:

  1. Make the quinoa oatmeal in advance and store in an air tight container in the fridge, or divide the oatmeal into jars or containers large enough to hold 1/2 cup of the quinoa oatmeal and toppings.
  2. Before serving, add about 1/4 - 1/3 cup more milk of your choice and microwave on high for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Banana, tropical fruit and raspberries are best when added just before serving.







Notes

  • Feeding a crowd? This recipe is easily doubled.
  • Quinoa oatmeal keeps in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
  • Customize bowls with your favorite spices, sweeteners, fruit, nuts and seeds, and nut butters!
  • I used light canned coconut milk for this recipe, but use the milk of your choice.
  • The maple syrup may be substituted with your favorite sweetener.  
  • Quinoa oatmeal is mildly sweet, so add more sweetener to suit your taste.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 38mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information does not include the toppings as the numbers will vary.

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