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!
- 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
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.
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.
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!
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.