Maple Pecan Coconut Quinoa Breakfast

by inspiredrd on March 19, 2012

Have you noticed that I’m on a bit of a coconut kick lately?  I’m cooking just about everything in either coconut oil or coconut milk.  I can’t help myself.

This recipe is no different.  I made a hot gluten-free breakfast cereal out of tri-colored quinoa and coconut milk, added maple syrup and topped it with pecans.  A delicious and healthy way to start the day.

maple pecan coconut quinoa breakfast cereal gluten free

You get protein and fiber from the quinoa, healthy fats from the coconut milk and pecans, and a touch of natural sweetness from the maple syrup.

maple pecan coconut quinoa breakfast cereal gluten free

For an even faster breakfast, cook the quinoa the night before and pop it in the microwave in the morning.  Easy!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Maple Pecan Coconut Quinoa Breakfast
Serves: 6
A quick and easy gluten-free breakfast!
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can light organic coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup pecan halves
  1. Pour coconut milk into medium saucepan and put over high heat. Add quinoa and heat until boiling. Once mixture is boiling, stir and lower to a simmer. Cook covered for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Fluff quinoa with a fork and add maple syrup. Stir.
  3. Serve with pecan halves.


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  • Cindy

    Can you share a way to do one serving? I’m not sure I can get the family to eat this with me! Thanks!

    • inspiredrd

      Cindy, go ahead and make a whole pot of the quinoa, then dish out single servings for yourself during the week!

  • Elizabeth Jarrard

    uh YUM!!!! love your creativity in the kitchen!

  • Carlene @ Carlene’s Figments

    This is a great breakfast alternative! The pecans are a nice texture addition. I could see myself adding bananas too.

  • Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD

    Great alternative to oatmeal…love the flavors! I used to not like anything coconut but I’m starting to really enjoy it in certain recipes. This looks yum!

  • Meal Makeover Mom Janice

    I love everything coconut, and this looks so hearty and delicious!

  • EA-The Spicy RD

    Mmm…love this Alysa!! I too am on a coconut kick, and I have always loved maple {plus I have that same TJ’s tri-colored quinoa!}, so this is on my must make list. Delicious!

  • Becky @ TOHG

    I’m a creature of habit and eat oatmeal most days of the week for breakfast. I really hope to break the cycle with this easy breakfast quinoa. Looks like a great combination!

  • Dr Barb,Nutrition Budgeteer

    I’ve been on a coconut kick lately, too. I love the taste and I avoided it for so many years. I’m making up for it now with coconut flour, coconut milk, coconut fat, etc.

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Yummy – so simple yet looks so tasty! I have a similar whole wheat couscous version for a breakfast bowl (alas not gluten free) that I do with dates & pecans – love the idea of using coconut milk!

  • Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift

    Minus the pecans (or subbing something else in their place) this sounds like a winner to me! Not sure why, I am just not a pecan fan!

  • teri@managedmacros

    Look at this goodness!!! And only 4 ingredients! These are the recipes I like best! I buy canned coconut milk often…I use it for the liquid when cooking rice…so good!!

  • TastefullyJulie

    This looks so easy and delicious. And, I love quinoa!

  • Stephanie Howardr

    Wow, you can’t go wrong with maple and pecans! I like that you used quinoa. I have not used it too much, I need to try this.

  • Trish

    Love this. I have to agree with you… I made a quinoa dish with coconut milk and it was a match made in heaven. Love the flavors of your breakfast quinoa dish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mike Lieberman

    I so gotta make this. Will likely sub quinoa flakes for quinoa.

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  • Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    I could have this for the dinner! Looks very tempting!

  • Ann Dunaway Teh

    I’ve never tried quinoa as a hot breakfast cereal option which is surprising since I love quinoa! I definitely need to give this a try. Thanks!

  • Regan @ The Professional Palate

    Quinoa is so hearty & comforting to me, I bet this is amazing! Nice pics btw!

  • Chicco

    Hi Alysa!

    Your recipe looks amazing! I’ve been avoiding coconut milk because I was taught that it’s high in sat fats.. may I know why is it that you consider it to have ‘healthy fats’ ?

  • Amber @ Chocolate Broccoli

    Wow- yummmmmm :) I’ll totally be making this! I have yet to make quinoa for breakfast. Thanks for this!

  • Nicole @WholeHealthRD

    I’m totally on a coconut kick too : ) Add some curry powder and less sweetener and this would make a great dinner side too!

  • Dia

    I LOVE both coconut & quinoa!! I often combine them, & have a favorite ‘pumpkin pie bake’ (adapted from Leanne of Healthful Pursuit’s recipe) that is one of my standards –
    I also make coconut milk kefir, & have that most mornings, with 1 Tbsp chia I’ve soaked overnight in herb tea with dried fig slices & 1/4 C frozen blueberries. In the AM I add ~ 1/2 C kefir & 1/2 a grated apple or pear (or other fresh fruit in season!) filling, quick & easy, & those great medium chain fats & probiotics!! (I got the kefir starter from – & have used it for 3 years!)

  • Shelley (@momma_oz)

    Any thoughts on how well this would re-heat? I need to find some recipes that I can make ahead and the boys can re-heat in the morning…

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