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Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is a delicious and filling way to start your day. This vegan and dairy-free breakfast quinoa is about to improve your morning routine for the better.

breakfast quinoa

Chocolate? Uh huh!

Nutella? You bet.

Quick and hearty Instant Pot breakfast? Tell me more.

Quinoa! Errrr, record scratch. Don’t click the “x”, don’t leave yet! Hear me out please.

I have recently discovered the joy that is quinoa. I was against it for a very long time. I hated the texture, the taste was boring, and I was uninspired. This Zesty Quinoa changed my mind, and I was hooked. I wanted more.

I’m not a vegetarian. Or a vegan. Or anything really. We have a backyard coop and I love my hens and their super delicious eggs. I eat two to three scrambled eggs daily and I’m happy. Oh so happy.

With the cooling temps, I’ve been feeling like I wanted something warm and toasty for breakfast. While I enjoy oatmeal, it doesn’t keep me full as long as I’d like. I wanted something that will stick with me. Something… chocolatey.

What I ended up with just so happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free, and free of refined sugars. And it kept both Troy and me full until well past lunch. I filled up a normal-sized bowl and ended up not finishing half of it. Plus it tastes like a bowl full of hot Nutella. So there’s that.

You can make this recipe on the stove top if you want. Or you can win at life and make it in the Instant Pot. I’ve now had an Instant Pot since June, and I talk about it incessantly. “Blah, blah, blah Instant Pot” is what most of my conversations sound like.

My husband loves hearing about it.

Even with all the jibber jabbering that I do about the Instant Pot, there are still people in my life who don’t know what an Instant Pot is. In its basic form, an Instant Pot is a pressure cooker.

Pressure cookers are magical pots that cook food in a fraction of the normal time. They also can break down tough cuts of meat that renders them tender in a matter of minutes.

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on recipes for Instant Pot beginners.

The Instant Pot is simply a type of pressure cooker that acts like a crockpot. As in, you can put food in, press some buttons and walk away. What used to take all day can be handled in under an hour in most cases. It’s dope like that.

Ugh, no. Scratch that. That’s the last time I say dope on here or ever again. You can hold me to that.

breakfast quinoa

This breakfast quinoa can be handling its business while you’re getting ready for the day. There is an optional step of toasting it if you so choose, but you’ll still get a great result if you don’t want to spend that few extra minutes.

I’ll forgive you if your morning is too busy to toast it. We’re still cool.

If you want to double or triple the recipe and save for later, I’ll be cheering you on for being smart and planning ahead. When you go to reheat, add a splash of your favorite milk to mitigate the thickness from it sitting overnight.

Right now you’re probably asking yourself how Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl could possibly be dairy-free. Well, friends, it is thanks to this sweet little bottle of hazelnut extract. The extract combined with rich dark cocoa powder makes for a breakfast that only tastes sinful. Your life is about to get rad.

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Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is a delicious and filling way to start your day. This vegan and dairy-free breakfast quinoa is about to improve your morning routine for the better.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast quinoa
Servings: 6
Calories: 249 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
Instant Pot Directions
  1. Set the Instant Pot to saute and melt the butter (or the oil). Add the quinoa and stir to coat. Saute until the quinoa becomes toasted. This could take upwards of 10 minutes. It adds a super special flavor to the finished product. You can skip this step and the end result will still be great. Trust.

  2. After the quinoa has toasted, keep the Instant Pot on saute. Add the other ingredients, and stir. Allow it to cook on saute for a minute or so. This will let the cocoa powder fully incorporate into the mixture.

  3. Turn the Instant Pot to "off/keep warm", then press "manual", increase the pressure to "high" and set the timer for 2 minutes. Set the vent to "sealing".

  4. The Instant Pot will take up to five minutes to reach pressure. Once it finishes cooking, allow it to sit for 5 minutes, and then do a quick release. Watch that vent, cause steam is hot. Newsflash. 

  5. Top with whatever tickles your fancy - fresh fruit, coconut, nuts, etc.

Stove Top Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter (or the oil) over medium heat. Add the quinoa and stir to coat. Saute until the quinoa becomes toasted. This could take upwards of 10 minutes. It adds a super special flavor to the finished product. You can skip this step and the end result will still be great. Trust.

  2. After the quinoa has toasted, add the other ingredients, and stir. Allow it to cook for a minute or so. This will let the cocoa powder fully incorporate into the mixture.

  3. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and place a lid on the saucepan. Cook for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 338mg10%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 comments on “Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl”

  1. For the additional milk in the ingredients list, is that for reheat or the initial recipie. Also can the additional milk still be dairy free? Slightly confused

    • Hi Catherine, the other milk is for the initial cook time. It does in during step 2 (“After the quinoa has toasted, keep the Instant Pot on saute. Add the other ingredients, and stir”).

      You can use any milk you prefer for that 1/3 cup, including dairy-free. I used a vanilla cashew milk. It is in the ingredients list as “milk of your choice” to differentiate it from the can of coconut milk. You’ll need both amounts of milk to make the texture turn out as it should.

  2. Delish!  I couldn’t find hazelnut extract so I used vanilla.  I’m ordering some now!  Just got my instant pot and I’m loving it!

  3. I love finding new things to try out on my IP

  4. Thank you for the stove top directions. The title almost had me depositing it in the trash bin, so I’m glad I clicked through.

    • All of my Instant Pot recipes have stove top or slow cooker instructions in them, so don’t skip over them. Lots of good stuff with many options. 🙂