Breakfast Quinoa + Cinnamon & Berries Print Recipe Print Recipe

My bowl of comfort, right here.

Recently, it seems that Fall has arrived, but only from the hours of 9pm-10am, otherwise, it’s still summer here in the South Bay. I’m not complaining, but I am ready to break out crockpot, buy some pumpkin and start prepping for the holidays. Who’s with me?

The past several mornings, I’ve been enjoying a big bowl of this warm breakfast quinoa with cinnamon, fresh picked blackberries [story below], toasted walnuts and then topped with shredded coconut. How does that not scream amazingness?! One of the many reasons I love quinoa is because it’s so versatile and works well with a wide range of ingredients. It’s also a [gluten-free] grain that can be enjoyed for either, breakfast, lunch, dinner OR dessert!

Every summer for the past 6 years – at least, I’ve wanted to go berry picking. There’s really no good reason why I never went, but this year, I was going to make it happen. I somehow convinced my husband that it would be a great idea to drive an hour to Swanton Berry Farm. I sold him on the experience. He would sleep in, we’d grab coffee at our favorite local shop, take the scenic route [he loves to drive, so it worked] and then a quick trip to the berry farm, which I would later make him something good. SOLD.

We grabbed our boxes, headed down the path and within moments, silence. I entered my happy place. We did have to work a little harder since it was the end of berry season, it was either picked over or the red out numbered the black. Either way, we got our blackberries and I was happy. My husband too, but more so now after I made him my amazing blackberry scones that are to die for! I’ll share them [the recipe] with you too, I promise.

Breakfast Quinoa with Cinnamon and Fresh Berries

[Adapted by 101 Cookbooks]

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  • 1 cup [vanilla] almond milk  – or any type milk you prefer
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup original quinoa
  • 1/4 cup red quinoa – or total of 1 cup original
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries – or blueberries, raspberries, etc.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 teaspoons agave nectar – if avoiding sugar, you can substitute for stevia
  • 2-3 tablespoons shredded coconut


In a medium saucepan, combine milk, water, salt and [original and red] quinoa – bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit [covered] for about 5 minutes. Add cinnamon and carefully mix in the blackberries. Top with walnuts and drizzle with agave nectar.


Serves 4

*Gluten-free *Dairy-free

[Created/photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet

    Love quinoa for breakfast! I love making it both sweet and savory. So good.

  • Bev Weidner

    Aaaabsolutely! This looks so fantastic that I just started singing Wilson Philips love songs to my computer screen.

  • Cookie and Kate

    Perfect! I went on a breakfast quinoa kick earlier this summer, and your recipe looks fantastic for cooler weather. I hope I can find some fresh blackberries before they’re out of season!

  • Mercedes

    I love quinoa for breakfast! I also like it mixed with oatmeal! It keeps you full and satiated for so long.

  • Ashley

    I’m a huge fan of quinoa but haven’t tried it for breakfast yet- this recipe is changing that tomorrow morning!

  • naomi

    Tasty, beautiful and healthy-Yes, I have a bowl or two!

  • Maria

    I want that bowl right now! So delis!

  • Kristen

    What a great idea for breakfast!

  • Amanda

    SO beautiful. I think you have made this so pretty my kids would be begging for a bite!! 🙂

  • EA-The Spicy RD

    This looks so delicious! I was in berry heaven this summer when I got to pick some on a family white water rafting trip in Idaho. On two days of our trip we found wild blackberries on the beaches where we stopped for lunch. i got pretty scratched up trying to reach the berries, but it was well worth it!

  • sherri lynn @ life of a wife

    I’ve never thought of having quinoa for breakfast! I have to try this!

  • Wenderly

    Love quinoa!! Never had it for breakfast…LOVE the idea!

  • Kasey

    Breakfast quinoa is one of my favorite ways to start the day – esp. if I am going on a big hike. I’m not too keen on coconut, but everything else looks divine!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Yes please! We are all about the hearty, hot breakfasts around here. Our whole family would love this. Thanks!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    I’ve never thought of quinoa for breakfast, but this is making me rethink the whole thing. It is so beautiful and I love all those flavors and textures. Lovely!

  • kimberlyloc

    Oooh this looks good. I need to step out of my boring breakfast zone and try some quinoa with fruit — usually just reserve it for a side dish.

  • TidyMom

    This looks DELICIOUS Lisa!!……and I’m with you on cracking open the pumpkin! bring it on!!

  • Glocal Girl

    a twist on classic oatmeal, very nice!

  • Rebecca – A Daily Something

    YUM….I’ve never eaten quinoa for breakfast…only as a savory snack. Apparently I need to branch out.

  • Jeanette

    Now that’s a bowl of yumminess, coconut, cinnamon and blackberries!

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane

    So happy to know I’m not the only person who eats quinoa regularly for breakfast. This is lovely. And, I made a similar deal with my husband and a trip to Oxbow Market on Labor Day. He also loves to drive and will be greatly rewarded with all the goods I picked up at Whole Spice!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    love this one! hope you’re well!

  • Mindi

    Yum! Blackberry season has already passed here, but it’s one of the things I look most forward to each year. This looks so yummy!!!

  • Monisia

    Delicious and healthy breakfast;)

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  • carla

    sounds amazing. Do you know approximately how many calories are in this dish?