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Chunky Monkey Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

posted by Melissa Huggins June 21, 2018 0 comments
Closeup photo of breakfast quinoa bowl.

Liven up your morning with this Chunky Monkey Breakfast Quinoa Bowl. The combination of creamy peanut butter, sweet bananas, & rich dark chocolate will send your taste buds into overdrive. Oh, yeah, it’s super nutritious, too! 

Breakfast Quinoa Bowl topped with banana coins, chocolate chunks and swirled peanut butter.

Say goodbye to your sad morning oats because quinoa is the new grain in town! (pssst…it’s actually a seed) This Breakfast Quinoa Bowl is protein and nutrient-rich to keep you going all day long.

This may seem a like a stereotypical vegan hippy recipe, but I promise, it’s so much more. Yeah, sure, it’s quinoa, but it’s smothered in chocolate, peanut butter, non-dairy milk, and bananas. It’s scrumptious!

Now, if you totally hate quinoa, you may want to skip this one and make my Vegan Breakfast Quesadillas instead. They are just as hearty and nutritious.

If you need more breakfast inspiration,  you can check out my all-time favorite list of 30 Vegan Breakfast Recipes. You’ll be sure to find something there. Eating vegan food doesn’t have to be boring.

Ingredients for Chunky Monkey Breakfast Quinoa Bowl

Simple & wholesome ingredients

You may have everything you need in your pantry now. The ingredient list is short, simple and nutritious. Here’s what you’ll need: (full amounts in recipe card below)

Quinoa
Water
Sea salt
Non-dairy milk
Ripe banana (mashed)
Peanut butter
Cocoa powder
Maple syrup

Optional topping ideas

For toppings, you can go simple or get crazy. You can add a peanut butter swirl, banana coins, chunks of dark chocolate, coconut flakes, berries, nuts, seeds, granola, non-dairy milk, vegan butter or jam. Have fun with it!

 

Breakfast quinoa bowl topped with bananas, chocolate and peanut butter. Raspberries in a small bowl on the side.

Don’t forget to rinse the quinoa!

Rinsing quinoa thoroughly before cooking is an important step. So, unless you buy a Pre-Washed Variety, I would rinse the quinoa in a Fine Mesh Strainer for a good 2 minutes, until the water runs clear.

This will remove most of the quinoa’s natural coating, called saponin. This coating is naturally designed by the plant to ward off insects and other predators. How cool is that?

It’s not toxic to humans, but some studies claim that it can cause digestive issues, so it’s better just to rinse and be safe. Also, the saponin coating gives the quinoa a bitter taste, so you’ll be removing that issue as well.

Now, you’ll be left with fluffy quinoa that has a subtle nutty and earthy flavor. So worth the extra few minutes!

Breakfast quinoa bowl with spoon on the side. Topped with bananas, chocolate and peanut butter.
What’s so healthy about quinoa?

Most people think of this ancient superfood as a grain because it’s prepared the same way. However, it’s actually a seed and a relative of the chard, spinach and beet species. It’s a whole grain that is naturally gluten-free and ridiculously good for you. Here are some key benefits:

– High fiber
– Protein-rich
– Low glycemic
– It’s a complete protein (contains 9 essential amino acids)
– Iron-rich
– Magnesium-rich
– Antioxidant power
– High in riboflavin

So, it’s good for your brain, blood, muscles, skin and your overall well-being. Yay for quinoa!

Overhead photo of breakfast quinoa bowl with spoon inside.

Just 20 minutes to make

It’s so easy to make and it’ll be on your table fast! Just add quinoa and a pinch of salt to a medium pot. Cover and bring to a low-boil for 15-20 minutes. You want to cook the quinoa until it’s fluffy and the liquid is absorbed.

Now, uncover and turn heat to low and stir in the non-dairy milk, mashed banana, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Warm for 1-2 minutes. Taste and adjust flavor if needed.

Add your favorite toppings and additional milk if desired. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

 

Breakfast quinoa bowl. Chocolate quinoa in a white bowl, topped with chocolate chunks, peanut butter swirls and banana coins.

I’d love to hear from you

If you make this Breakfast Quinoa Bowl, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

Chunky Monkey Breakfast Quinoa Bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Liven up your morning with this Chunky Monkey Breakfast Quinoa Bowl. The combination of creamy peanut butter, sweet bananas, & rich dark chocolate will send your taste buds into overdrive. Oh, yeah, it's super nutritious, too! 

Course: Breakfast
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 292 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa (uncooked), rinsed and drained well
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 large ripe banana , mashed
  • 3-4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, add the quinoa and salt to 2 cups of low-boiling water. Put lid on top. Cook until liquid is gone and quinoa is fluffy. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes to cook. 

  2. Uncover and turn heat to low. Stir in non-dairy milk, mashed banana, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. Warm for 1-2 minutes. Taste and adjust flavor if needed. 

  3. Add favorite toppings and additional milk if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

* Topping Ideas: peanut butter, banana coins, dark chocolate chunks, coconut flakes, berries, nuts, seeds, granola or jam. 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Chunky Monkey Breakfast Quinoa Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 204mg 9%
Potassium 518mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 11g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 15.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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