Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa Recipe
Photo: Tina Rupp
"This breakfast will make your day so productive," says Jill Donenfeld about her maple syrup-sweetened quinoa. Quinoa is naturally loaded with protein and fiber.


Total time: 25 Minutes

Recipe from

Food & Wine

Recipe Time

Active: 10 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 311
Carbohydrate 44 g
Fat 11 g
Satfat 2 g
Protein 10 g
Fiber 4 g


1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup fresh ricotta


In a small saucepan, cover the quinoa with the water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly fluff the quinoa with a fork and cover it again.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the almonds and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the apricots, maple syrup, orange zest and cinnamon and stir well until heated through.

Add the quinoa to the skillet and stir gently to incorporate the almonds and apricots. Top each portion of quinoa with a tablespoon of ricotta and serve.

Jill Donenfeld,

Food & Wine

February 2011
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