Quinoa cherry choc bowl

As it’s the start of the Easter holidays my thoughts turn to chocolate.  I discovered the joys of mixing quinoa with chocolate after finding a recipe by the blogger Chocolate Covered Katie and was intrigued about what it might taste like.  It was delicious and has become a firm favourite for breakfast and my favourite way to eat quinoa.  I’ve tried various combinations of milk, fruit and flavourings and i’m sure other versions of chocolate quinoa will feature on this blog again very soon.

I find when cooking with quinoa that the liquid can go from looking like too much to practically disappearing within seconds – so do keep an eye on it.

This isn’t the prettiest bowl to look at but don’t be put off, it really is a taste of healthy chocolate and protein for breakfast.

Quinoa cherry choc bowl (serves one)

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  • 50g Quinoa (washed and drained)
  • 150ml almond milk
  • 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder
  • few drops of vanilla essence
  • 6 cherries, chopped and pitted
Topping
  • 1 tbsp. Greek yoghurt
  • some extra cherries
  • Cacao nibs

Method

Put the quinoa and milk into a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for 15-20 mins – you want the quinoa to be really well cooked and soft. Keep an eye on the liquid and add a little more milk if it looks like running dry.

Once cooked, stir in the cacao powder, vanilla essence and 1 tbsp of yoghurt. Stir for a few seconds before turning off the heat.  Stir through the chopped cherries.

Serve with the topping.

Orange Glow in a glass

This one is for lovers of orange fruits.  It’s vibrant and refreshing, definitely a sunny breakfast. It’s quick and easy with a little bit of prep and overnight soaking, then you’re ready to go.  I added the cacao nibs at the last minute as I fancied a touch of bitter crunch against the citrus sweetness, but actually it’s good without anything added.  I prefer my mix at room temperature, so I took the glow mix out of the fridge before I headed off to walk the dog.

Orange Glow in a glass (serves one)

Orange Sunshine

  • Juice and grated zest of one orange
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • 3 dried apricots – diced
  • 15g dried mango – diced
  • Handful of blueberries (around 50g)

Put all of the above in a bowl, mix it up, cover and leave overnight in the fridge. All the juice will be absorbed by the seeds and dried fruit.

  • Natural Greek Yoghurt (I just dollop what I fancy, but it’s probably around 100-150ml
  • Raw cacao nibs to sprinkle on top if desired)

In the morning layer up the orange glow mix with the yoghurt and sprinkle the nibs on top.

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A lovely bright sunny morning today so coming back from walkies to this glowing glass was quite uplifting.