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Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

This chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl is the perfect punch of sweetness meets protein to get your morning off the the right foot and help you feel satisfied until lunchtime. If you need something new to add to your breakfast rotation, this recipe won't disappoint. 

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

I've gone through several phases in my life where I've tried to be vegan and it's just never worked out for me. Those phases have led me to some amazing recipes that I still keep in rotation to this day, although it's definitely not something I strive for anymore when looking for recipes. This chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl was a recipe I initially tried almost 4 years ago. It can be a bit shocking at first... chocolate and quinoa together? But it really does taste amazing. Life is too short to eat bad food, so know this recipe is legit. 

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl:

This chocolate quinoa breakfast bowl is super easy to make. All you need to do is rinse your quinoa in a mesh strainer, and the cook on the stove in a dairy free milk of choice. Once the quinoa has cooked for 15 minutes it should absorb most of the liquid. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and then you mix in cocoa powder and maple syrup to give it that sweet chocolate flavor. You can also add salt if necessary. 

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Toppings:

The fun part about these bowls is that you can then go on to top them with a lot of different toppings you may enjoy. I topped mine with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, chia seeds, and some chocolate chunks, but the sky is really the limit as to what you what to put on top! You could also try hemp hearts, raspberries, ground flax, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, or diced apples. 

Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

Quinoa is a great food to incorporate into your diet because it is a complete protein. Proteins can be made up of several different amino acids that all do different things for our bodies. Some foods are referred to as a complete protein because they contain all nine of these amino acids. Other complete protein foods are fish, eggs, dairy, and red meat. While these animal sources aren't by any means bad, it is cool that quinoa is a plant-based complete protein when a majority of the other options are not. Quinoa is also rich in:

  • folate
  • iron
  • thiamine
  • copper
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • phosphorus
  • potassium 
  • zinc

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