Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Lemon and Blueberries |GF | V

Coconut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Lemon and Blueberries |GF | V

Good-bye, oatmeal. Hello quinoa breakfast bowl. Inspired by a recipe from cookbook author Heidi Swanson, this healthful, energizing, protein-rich breakfast masquerades as a decadent dish you’ll want to eat all day! It’s fun to set up a toppings buffet so each camper can make his or her own bowl. If traveling light, you can substitute dried fruit for fresh fruit. Bring a can of coconut milk, and save extra for adding to coffee.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or a mix
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt (preferably sel grits)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or other seasonal fruit
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lemon


Prep – Preheat the oven to 325F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the nuts, coconut oil, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and spread in a single layer. Toast in the oven until the nuts turn caramel brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a second baking sheet and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in a cool, dark place for up to 2 weeks.

  1. Transfer the prepared nuts and the berries to small bowls with spoons for self-serving, or serve directly out of the containers.
  2. In a medium pot, combine the quinoa, water and 3/4 cup of the coconut milk. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then cover the pot, turn the heat to low, and simmer for 12 minutes. Quickly uncover the pot and stir the quinoa to check if it’s done; the liquid should be completely absorbed and the quinoa full and fluffy. If needed, continue to cook for 1 to 3 minutes more. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and cover the pot to keep warm.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle the remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk and the honey into the quinoa and stir to combine. Using a Microplane, grate lemon zest over the top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Spoon into camper’s bowls and let each camper top their quinoa with blueberries and toasted nuts.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container, chilled for up to 5 days.