I have mentioned before that quinoa is not one of my most favourite ingredients but when I saw the recipe on What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today for this Quinoa Breakfast Bowl I was so intrigued that I had to make it and try it out. And I was pleasantly surprised. I think using quinoa as a breakfast “cereal” really works.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

But then I don’t eat breakfast anymore so this was more of a sweetish late lunch for me.

I decided to try Intermittent Fasting after reading about it in an article written by James Clear and have been following this pattern of eating for the last 4 months or so. The reasoning to try it was simple as due to being a food photographer I am constantly surrounded by food and I had to find a way of managing how I eat, without the agony of a calorie counting diet. I easily fell into a routine after the first week and have increased my fasting period to about 18 hours a day for 5 – 6 days a week. But I am not fanatic about it either. If I get invited to a lunch then that day I don’t follow my eating pattern and relax about it. I feel great, seem to have much more focus in the mornings when I work and don’t seem to be nearly that hungry during the morning if I had had breakfast to start with. The centimetres have fallen off and are still falling off while I am able to indulge (all within reason) in the delicious food I create and get to photograph. A win win in my book. I am not advocating this for anyone, just sharing how it is working for me in my situation.

Right, back to this delicious Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

I have been seeing many breakfast bowls lately and Marta’s version looked so good. It is insanely easy to make and I tweaked the recipe to suit my taste. I cut the agave and used a whole banana for sweetness instead. I also cut the spinach and added a tablespoon of peanut butter. You can use any other nut butter for that extra protein boost and flavour. Use vegan milk like almond or coconut milk for a vegan bowl and start with half a cup and add more milk as needed to get the consistency you prefer. I had frozen blueberries in the freezer so used that rather than the strawberries in the original recipe. Choose the toppings as to what you have available but I think the more texture you add the better.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Enjoy! More delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes here. And some more quinoa recipes here

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa, then cooked as per the packet instructions
  • 1 cup frozen berries of your choice
  • a whole banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (optional)
  • ½ - 1 cup milk (use vegan milk for a vegan bowl)
  • 1 tbsp cacao
  • pinch of salt
  • For serving:
  • seed and nuts
  • coconut flakes
  • berries

Instructions

  1. Place the fruit, milk, cacao and salt in a blender and blend well
  2. Combine the blend mix with the cooked quinoa and serve with seeds, nuts, coconut and berries
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