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December 10, 2018

by Alyssa Rimmer

Healthy Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Now you can have chocolate for breakfast and never think twice. This supercharged, healthy chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl recipe will be sure to satisfy!

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Can you think of anything better than hot chocolate for breakfast?! The kid in me thinks this is a dream come true!

When we were little, hot chocolate was something we looked forward to anytime it snowed. We knew that once we were done playing in the fresh powder, building snowmen, sledding and tubing down our hill and chasing each other with snowballs, we'd come back inside to a steaming cup of hot cocoa.

It's just one of those things that instantly makes me feel good inside. It's creamy, rich, sweet and everything I love about winter.

I figured why not reimagine this winter classic and turn it into a cozy breakfast bowl? So let me introduce you to these healthy Hot Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

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The Best Chocolate Breakfast Recipe

Chocolate is one of those things that you're totally don't associate with breakfast. Well, at least I don't. Chocolate means sweet treat in my world – it's something you have as a treat, not as a way to start your day. Right?

Acutally…NO! Chocolate is rich in nutrients and is actually a great thing to add to your morning routine.

Not only is chocolate energizing (it has a touch of caffeine for that), but it's also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. All of which are amazing for your body. So rather than saving chocolate for an after-dinner treat, let's whip up a super-charged, chocolate-filled, insanely-decadent breakfast, that is packed with superfood ingredients and actually good for you. Sound good?

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How to make a Healthy Breakfast

For most, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's how you set the tone for your day ahead. When you eat something healthy for breakfast, you feel better all day long. When you eat something crappy and loaded with sugar, you'll probably be napping by 10am (if you even last that long).

So when I'm creating a healthy breakfast, I think of my macronutrients in this order:

  1. protein
  2. fat
  3. carbohydrates

I focus mostly on filling my plate (or bowl) with protein, then make sure to get in some healthy fats and finally, the carbohydrates. Now you might be wondering the exact numbers of each, and I'll be honest and tell you that I don't calculate those. And since every person is different, even if I did give you a number it might not be the best for your body.

So instead, just thinking of them in a priority level, I know that I'll be fueling my body in a way that keeps me feeling full, satisfied and energized all day long.

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How to make Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

With this recipe, we've been able to turn hot chocolate into a healthy, breakfast-approved meal. It's thick, creamy, sweet (but not overly so), rich, filling, lick-your-lips-good…okay, you get the picture.

The base of this quinoa breakfast bowl is actually quinoa flakes. I love using quinoa flakes for breakfast because they're like oats only higher in protein and cook quicker. You can cook quinoa flakes in about 90 seconds!

From there, we've got our raw cacao powder, some protein powder (which is optional but again, makes it more filling) and banana which is helping with the sweetness. Then just whisk it up with some unsweetened almond milk, stir it until it's thick and your breakfast is ready!

Since I wanted this to feel like a mug of hot chocolate, we're topping it with some coconut yogurt (our whipped cream) and chocolate chips. It adds just a touch of richness, but still keeping it nice and healthy. This really is the ultimate breakfast treat!

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Healthy Hot Chocolate Breakfast Cereal

We're making hot chocolate breakfast cereal and it's the perfect winter treat. It's thick, creamy, sweet, rich, filling, lick-your-lips-good...okay, you get the picture.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 482kcal
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4.15 from 21 votes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan (minus the yogurt and chocolate chips). Whisk together until fully incorporated.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer until desired consistency, 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl, top with yogurt and chocolate chips, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 14.2mg | Calcium: 370mg | Iron: 3.2mg

 

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. Hi, can I sub regular quinoa for the quinoa flakes if I don’t have flakes on hand? This looks so good
    Thanks!

  2. not sure what to have for breakfast tomorrow? I’ve got you covered ???? I think some Hot Chocolate Breakfast Quinoa is in order! Takes just 90 seconds to make, is packed with protein and fiber AND it tas – Öğrenecek Çok Şey Var says:

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  5. I am really excited about this! It sounds like a fabulous addition to the small list of breakfast items my son will eat! I would like to omit the protein powder. Any suggestions for substitution?

  6. […] flakes are fantastic in all kinds of recipes. They’re great for cookies, awesome for warm cereals, amazing in pancakes, and even better in […]

  7. Wow, I have been looking for a great breakfast for these winter mornings. I am up & out early for usually 8 or so miles. This is my new go to breakfast! Thank you sooooo much. Looking foward to more vegan breakfast recipes soon! Would love something with lots of cinnamon!!!

    • You’re in luck! In the next few months I’m coming out with a breakfast cookbook – over 75 brand new recipes. With vegan options in there as well 🙂 And glad you like this. I eat it practically every morning!

  8. Yowsers girl! No you dinnit! Im generally not a chocolate fan but if it isnt too sweet I may give it a whirl. You communicate your passion with extaordinary quality and I love stocking you for it.

  9. It is hard to judge the healthiness of this recipe by the ingredients alone – could you provide the calories and nutrition content?

    • Hi there – thanks for your note! I don’t provide nutrition facts for my recipes, but there are a bunch of tools out there that you can use for free. Just a quick Google search and you can copy and paste the ingredients in there and then it will tell you everything. Hope that helps!

  10. Hi Alyssa, what if I don’t have acai juice? Is there another substitute I can use? No apologies necessary; I love chocolate ANY time. I only eat dark chocolate so I always keep it healthy. The darker better, at least 70% cacao content is my preference. If you really want to go decadent, my favorite unsweetened cocoa powders are: Scharffen Berger, Green & Black, Guittard, and Ghiradelli brands. You can also find pure cacoa powder in some of the healthy grocery stores but it’s expensive ($9 for 8 oz.) – Ouch!
    Thanks for all the quinoa recipes. I really enjoy them all!

    • Hi Susan! I think you could just use extra nut milk, but might want to add a little more sweetness – you could add honey or even more stevia. I get my cocoa powder at Trader Joes 🙂 xo!

  11. Well this just looks AWESOME:) I love baking with quinoa flakes but rarely make it hot like oatmeal. I need to do this more often, thanks for the inspiration!:) Have a lovely day!

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