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Chocolate Protein Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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​This protein packed chocolate quinoa bowl is a delight in the morning. Confession… I haven’t gone grocery shopping in well over two weeks… I have been surviving off of sweet potatoes, frozen veggies, and vegetable fried rice from Trader Joe’s that I stocked up on the last time I went grocery shopping. However, now I can add this to my list. With only 8 ingredients to bring this bowl to life, its the perfect bowl for when grocery shopping has been pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. And did I mention its CHOCOLATE!

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​Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs cacao
  • 1 square of dark chocolate (you can use any chocolate really, my boyfriend bought me Godiva dark chocolate squares the other day so I used those… thanks babe!)
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds
  • Honey (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Almond Milk

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To make the quinoa just do 1/2 cup quinoa to a 1 cup of water.  Bring to boil, and then lower to medium heat.  Put a lid on the pot and let cook until the water is all soaked into the quinoa.  Usually takes around 5-10 minutes.  Once quinoa is cooked you can add the tbs of cacao and stir to mix fully (this can be a little bitter so you can add a tsp of honey to mix in as well).  You can scoop your quinoa into your bowl and stick in fridge as you make your toppings.

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Turn the burner to medium heat. In a skillet pour (or if you hate cleaning multiple pans like I do, you can just use the same pot you used to cook the quinoa) the coconut oil, and add the oats (I like to add a pinch of cinnamon here).  Allow oats to to turn a toasty brown color stirring them around occasionally to make sure they are all evenly toasted.  Then take off heat, add in pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate.

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​Take the quinoa out of the fridge it should be a slightly cool now. Pour in milk of your choice (I personally love it with almond milk), then top off with granola and enjoy!

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​I think next time I want to try mixing in a chocolate protein powder in my quinoa instead of the cacao.  I’ll let you know how it goes! Also, the other day instead of chocolate I added cinnamon coated sweet potatoes into the granola and added a little bit of honey to the quinoa and it was a delight as well.  Hope you enjoy and play around with it, let me know what other quinoa breakfast bowls you create in the comments below.
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