Breakfast Quinoa with toasted coconut, almonds, and fresh mango


Good morning!

I made us breakfast.

There’s not an ounce of butter in it.  Clearly I’m not feeling myself.

Grains and applesauce and fruit and nuts.  Delicious.  Wholesome.  True.

We’ll eat it and feel utterly contented.  Then we’ll have butter for lunch.  Let’s be real.


My new friend Natalie came to my house for wine and cobbler.  No biggie.

Among the many side-splitting words that came out of her mouth that evening were “breakfast” and “quinoa”.  Yes.  Perfect.

That Natalie mixes applesauce into her breakfast quinoa is only further evidence that she is rad, and I have excellent taste in new friends.

Don’t you love quinoa?  Quinoa is a grain  a seed full of magic.  It’s a complete protein… and it’s a plant!  Quinoa is full of amino acids and proteins… the sorts of things that our bodies love.  For breakfast with nuts and fruit?  Amazing.  So healthy.

Look at us putting our healthy pants on.  Just supreme.


Consider this post as more of a suggestion.

Sure, there’s a recipe to follow, but you can load this quinoa up with any fruit, nut, or milk you like.

It’s your breakfast… I certainly don’t mean to impose.

Breakfast Quinoa with toasted coconut, almonds and fresh mango

Thanks, Natalie.  You’re a gemstone.

Makes enough for 2 breakfasts

Print this Recipe!

1 cup red or yellow quinoa (or a mix!)

2 cups water

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons applesauce

2 tablespoons shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

4 tablespoons slivered almonds

1/2 to 1 cup fresh mango chunks

milk to taste

brown sugar to taste

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread coconut in a single layer across the sheet.  Toast the coconut.  Keep a close eye on the coconut, it could burn quickly.  Coconut will be browned and fragrant after about 6 minutes.  Remove from the oven and place in a small bowl.  Place almonds on the baking sheet.  Toast almonds for about 6 to 10 minutes, until browned and fragrant.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in a small bowl.

Rinse dry quinoa.  Place quinoa, salt, and water in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.   Simmer the quinoa until all of the water is absorbed.  Stir occasionally.  Turn off the flame and allow quinoa to cool slightly.

In a bowl, combine a heaping spoonful of quinoa, applesauce,  a sprinkling of almonds and coconut, a generous helping of fresh mango, a sprinkling of sugar and a splash of milk.  Enjoy.  It’s breakfast.

129 thoughts on “Breakfast Quinoa with toasted coconut, almonds, and fresh mango

  1. Thank the Lord! I attempted to make breakfast quinoa once before, and it was a total disaster. I knew it could be done! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll definitely have to give it a go.

  2. Thanks for mixing in healthy recipes! I might have to try this today with frozen mango, since that is what I have.

    Joy- Is there any chance you will be making hot cross buns soon? I know I can find a recipe somewhere, but it would be so much more fun to see your version. :-)

  3. What a great suggestion! I always think of quinoa as savory lunch/dinner, but I see no reason at all why it wouldn’t make an amazing breakfast. Yum!

  4. Normally I eat oatmeal or an omelette for breakfast. Today I had 1.5 donuts leftover from a weekend splurge. All this talk of healthy quinoa is making feel like a bad girl and I can feel the sugar coursing through my veins. Well…there’s always tomorrow.

  5. i love quinoa for breakfast! i tend to treat it like oatmeal with the toppings – some agave, bananas, and cinnamon stirred in with just a splash of milk to tie it all together is divine.

    i have always thought about tossing in some pomegranate seeds and blueberries, and skipping the cinnamon & going with light agave and maybe some fresh mint would be awesome too. thoughts?

    now i am drooling! im at my desk with a dented banana and lukewarm tea and no access to delish breakfast quinoa. tragic!

  6. Quinoa is a perfect way to start the day. Sure brilliance ladies! This dishy-dish is all tropical and likes the idea of swim suits and shorts…. This is good.

  7. Joy, do you have any advice on how to slice a mango so it doesn’t turn into a mess? I bought one the other day, tried to cut it open, and was thwarted by the enormous pit and the squashiness of the fruit. I seriously felt like a monkey trying to figure out how to use tools.

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