Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa and Oats

Lately, I’ve had a few requests for easy quinoa breakfast recipes.  There is no doubt that quinoa is a great way to start your day, but I must confess that I’m not much for a traditional breakfast. In fact, I’m much more likely to have a salad with balsamic vinegar for breakfast than I am to have cereal or oats.  My other breakfast favorite is a hummus veggie sandwich.  I know it’s weird, but I wake up craving vegetables! (If only my resolve lasted through the day!)

Today’s breakfast recipe, is an exception.  I wake up in the mood for this a few times a month.  Its an easy and very versatile quinoa recipe, so feel free to adjust according to what you have on hand.
quinoa and oats

If you don’t have quinoa flakes, you can also make this with cooked quinoa.  Just add in a 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa in the last few minutes of cooking.

quinoa and oats

I’ve always loved peanut butter, but its been years since I’ve had it. My 7 year old has a non-fatal peanut allergy and because of this we’ve kept it out of the house.  Now that he’s older and I’m not a bit worried about him trying to eat it, I keep a jar on the top shelf of the refrigerator

I especially like this breakfast if I have a tough workout planned mid-morning, or if I know I am going to be out and not get a snack before lunch time.  If you are trying to watch your calories, you can always skip the peanut butter, though in my opinion that is what makes this dish so fun.

You’ll notice that there is no maple syrup in this picture, but I did add it to the recipe.  I don’t care for sweets in the morning but I realize that most people do.  Depending on your tastes, you can either use it or leave it off completely.  (I’ve use 1 teaspoon in the nutritional data)  Obviously any sweetener would work!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa & Oats

  • 1 cup organic vanilla soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup oats (if you are GF make sure you use certified GF oats)
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 banana, diced (the riper the better!)
  • 1 tablespoon ground organic flax seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon cashews, chopped
  • 1 -2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)

  1. In a small saucepan combine milk, oats, quinoa flakes and cocoa powder. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low. Add banana and flax seeds and stir until well combined. (You want the banana to almost disappear into the mixture.) Cook until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. (This will depend on the type of oats you are using.)
  2. Place in a serving bowl and top with peanut butter. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with cashews.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Number of servings (yield): 1

Calories: 450

Fat: 14.8

Protein: 16.8

Carbohydrates: 68.1

5 :  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Recipe by Cooking Quinoa.

  • Debv

    ohmygosh! That looks SOOOO yummy! I must be hungry, I am dying to try it!

    • Wendy Polisi

      I hope you enjoy! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Joyfulmomof6

    What a wonderful recipe! That's what I call a power packed breakfast. I've been eating this in the mornings since you posted the recipe and I find that it is so filling that I'm not even hungry when it's lunchtime!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Glad you are enjoying this! I find that it is very filling too…in fact, I'm going to have this today!

  • Laurie

    Sounds delicious! The picture and ingredients remind me of the old "Fuggie" or "No Bake Cookies" that I used to have when I was a kid. I would love to see an updated healthy version using quinoa & oats!!!!! Just an Idea.

    • Wendy Polisi

      I'm not sure I've ever had that – do you have a recipe to make over?

  • Jayne

    This is soooo good! Thank you for for bringing me a version of 'no-bake cookies' for breakfast!

  • Denise T

    Could you use regular cooked quinoa instead of the flakes?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Yes, that would work just fine!

  • Natalie

    This looks so amazing, I cant wait to try it!! Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into all of your healthy quinoa recipes!

    • Wendy Polisi

      Thank you Natalie! This is one of my favorite breakfasts – these days I also add in a 1/2 tablespoon of molasses. YUM!