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Superfood Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa is a super-powered base for this scrumptious and fulfilling breakfast bowl that does not disappoint.
Apr 29, 2024 | Joy McCarthy

Most people think of quinoa as an ingredient used in savoury dishes. But it doesn't have to be! Quinoa is a fantastic, gluten-free, fibre-rich and plant-powered base for this naturally sweet breakfast bowl.

Be sure to scroll all the way down for more quinoa based recipes, like my beloved Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake.

flourless chocolate cake with strawberries and coconut cream

Let's take a look at some of the benefits:

Highly Nutritious: Quinoa is packed with essential nutrients, including protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is particularly rich in manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, and iron.

Complete Protein Source: Quinoa is one of the few plant-based foods that contain all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. This makes it an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans looking to meet their protein needs.

However, while quinoa is a complete protein, it is relatively low in the amino acid lysine compared to some other protein sources. Lysine is an essential amino acid that plays a crucial role in protein synthesis, collagen formation, and calcium absorption.

Rich in Fibre: Quinoa is a good source of dietary fibre, which supports gut health, helps regulate blood sugar levels and promotes feelings of fullness and satiety.

Gluten-Free: Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, making it a suitable grain alternative if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerace, or you just like to avoid gluten.

High in Antioxidants: Quinoa contains various antioxidants, including flavonoids, quercetin, and kaempferol, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation.

Joyous tip: I like to make a large batch of quinoa the beginning of the week then I can just use leftovers.

The name of the breakfast is fitting when you consider just how many superfoods are packed into one bowl. It's got so many yummy flavours and different textures. 

Here's the recipe...

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  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • Handful blackberries and blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 5 or 6 raw pecans
  • 1-2 tbsp almond or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup your favourite yogurt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup your favourite milk
  1. Assemble ingredients into a large cereal bowl. Mix together and enjoy.


Serves 1

I have many more quinoa recipes for you to enjoy. Check them out:

Joy xo

Leanne   •   April 30, 2024

Hi Joy I’m very sensitive and wondering if dry chia would upset tummy? Thanks and love your recipes!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2024

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