Pumpkin Pecan Breakfast Quinoa


I’m not a big breakfast person—It’s early (I’m tired), I’ve got work to do (no time for dishes), and I have a high tolerance for boring smoothies made with fistfuls of leafy greens.  But, every so often, on these crisp, foggy San Francisco mornings, I want to start my day with something more celebratory and make my breakfast a cozy little happening.

I always have quinoa on hand because it’s a great filler.  In a pinch, I can sauté anything in my fridge and combine with quinoa for a satisfying meal.  Or, I can umph up a salad by tossing in a few big spoonfulls of quinoa (or even crispy quinoa for extra crunch). 

But would you think I was crazy if I suggested we try quinoa for breakfast?  Made it a little sweet instead of so savory?  Lucky for you I am crazy.  But the good kind of crazy because this experiment turned out perfectly. 


Give this pumpkin breakfast quinoa a try.  Make a big batch and enjoy it all week.  It’ll keep in the refrigerator for several days.

And you didn’t hear this from me, but crumbling some thick-slab bacon on top wouldn’t be the worst idea . . .

Food La La Recipe:  Healthy Breakfast Quinoa


  • 1 cup organic quinoa
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 TBS maple syrup
  • Sea salt
  • Toasted pecans


  1. Rinse quinoa.  (WHY? #1)
  2. In a small saucepan, combine quinoa, milk and 1-1/2 cup water.  Bring to a boil.
  3. Cover pot and reduce heat.  Simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid absorbed (about 10-15 minutes).
  4. In a small pot, combine pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and syrup over low heat.  Whisk to combine.
  5. Gently fold quinoa into pumpkin mixture and add salt to taste.
  6. Top with toasted pecans, sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and a quick drizzle of maple syrup.
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PSST!  A few recipe notes:

  • WHY? #1: Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that can taste bitter or soapy if not rinsed away.
  • You can substitute cashew milk for any type of milk (dairy or nut)