Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (2024)

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This breakfast quinoa recipe is quick, easy and healthy! It’s mixed with pumpkin and maple whipped ricotta…you’ll never eat oatmeal again!

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (1)

Do you ever have moments in life where you have no idea who you are?

Okay. Let me explain. Because now you’re all concerned that I am having some sort of identity-early-life-crisis dealio.

I mean, when you do something and you have NO IDEA WHY YOU DID THAT?

I can’t confirm or deny that this happens on a daily basis. Like this morning for example.

I was driving to the grocery store, half asleep at 7 am. I had no radio on because music before 10am? Too much.

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (2)

SUDDENLY, I stared singing “everybody’s doin’ a brand new dance NOWWWWW, Come on baby do the LOCOMOTIONNNNNN” and flailing my arms around (which I don’t recommend whilst driving. Ever.)

And then the desire to sing just went away.

And now you’re even more concerned about me aren’t you? I get it.

YOU KNOW WHAT. It gets weirder.

I went home and figured I should probably put some food in my facial hole…but…I didn’t feel like eating my go to oatmeal recipe with blueberry cheesecake swirl. I didn’t even want my cookie dough overnight oats.WHAT THE WHAT?

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (3)

If you’ve been around here any length of time, you would know that I am obsessed with oatmeal, and generally eat it 2-4 times PER DAY. I have a problem.

But, my taste buds just said “Girlfriend. NU UH. None of that today.”

They are gangstas in their spare time you see.

SO. I did something even WEIRDER….and ate breakfast quinoa. Like, QUINOA. FOR BREAKFAST.In all the 23.9 (it’s almost my birthday!) years of my life, I would have never thought that quinoa was a good way to start the day.

Maybe end it. You know, with aCrock Pot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Recipefor dinner, BUT NEVER EVER start it.

And now I kind of wonder who I WAS for the past 23.9 years of my life ‘cause I want to start AND end EVERY DAY FOREVER (caps for MAJOR emphasis) with creamy-breakfasty-quinoa yums.

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (4)

Not only is it a bowl of cozy goodness (think a taste-bud-ular hug fest) it’s also EASY and HEAL to the THY.

Did I mention the maple whipped ricotta topping? DO NOT OMIT. Remember the whole wheat pancakes with ricotta and blueberries?It’s AMAZING stuff and omitting it would be depriving your mouth of all things good in the world. And then I would be forced to report you.

I don’t know who deals reports of the taste-bud-u-lar variety, but that is neither here nor there.

Here’s your spoon.

Let’s do the locomotion….

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (5)

Ba dum CHA.

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Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa with Maple Whipped Ricotta

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Serves: 4 people

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe with Pumpkin and Whipped Ricotta {GF, Low Fat, Vegetarian + Super Simple} (6)

Prep: 10 minutes minutes

Cook: 15 minutes minutes

Ingredients

For the whipped ricotta:

  • 1/4 Cup Reduced-fat Ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Reduced-fat Cream cheese
  • 1/8 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Truvia or granulated sweetener of choice

For the quinoa:

  • 2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 8 Whole Cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Cup Uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 3/4 Cup Canned pure pumpkin not pie filling!
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened almond milk sweetened to taste with Truvia
  • Pecans for garnish *

Instructions

To make the whipped ricotta:

  • In a small food processor, combine all ricotta ingredients and blend until smooth and well combined. Transfer to a small bowl and place in the refrigerator to set for at least to hours.

For the quinoa:

  • Soak the quinoa in a large pot of water, rubbing the grains together with your fingers until the water appears cloudy. Strain the quinoa and set aside.

  • Combine the 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon sticks, cloves and a pinch of salt in a large pot and bring to a boil.

  • Stir in the quinoa, cover and turn the heat to low. Boil until most of the milk is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

  • Once cooked, stir in the pumpkin pie spice, canned pumpkin and maple syrup.

  • Divide the mixture between bowls and pour the Truvia-sweetened almond milk over top. Then, dollop on the whipped ricotta.

  • Sprinkle with fresh cinnamon and garnish with pecans,

  • DEVOUR

Tips & Notes:

*If you want to toast your pecans, it takes about 5-6 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Nutrition Info:

Calories: 276kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 49g (16%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 7mg (2%) Sodium: 284mg (12%) Potassium: 427mg (12%) Fiber: 6g (25%) Sugar: 9g (10%) Vitamin A: 7243IU (145%) Vitamin C: 4mg (5%) Calcium: 352mg (35%) Iron: 3mg (17%)

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  1. Michele S Borzok says

    Hello looking at this recipe and it really looks great want to make it but there is no recipe to follow .Please email me the recipe or where can I find it? Thank you

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    • Foodfaithfitness says

      Hi Michele, Good catch, I have added the recipe card in the post. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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FAQs

Is it OK to eat quinoa for breakfast? ›

Think quinoa is only for lunch and dinnertime? Think again. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and quinoa is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat — it only makes sense that the two intersect.

Can you eat overnight quinoa? ›

Seal your jar closed and stick it in the fridge for the night, and awaken to a perfect jar of overnight quinoa. You can add your garnish of almonds and fruit when you're ready to eat it, and voila! A healthy, nutritious, fiber, and protein-packed breakfast that you can take with you and eat anywhere.

What does quinoa do to your gut? ›

The bioactive components of quinoa have been shown to promote the abundance of probiotic bacteria while simultaneously inhibiting pathogens. Furthermore, quinoa-derived bioactive compounds have been shown to reduce intestinal pH and increase the production of SCFAs.

Is it better to eat quinoa at night or in the morning? ›

Quinoa can be consumed anytime – at breakfast, lunch or dinner. But it is best to eat healthy food like quinoa before going to bed. It induces sleep, because it relaxes the muscles, due to its high magnesium and protein content. “One can eat one-two cups of cooked quinoa in a day.

Which is healthier quinoa or oatmeal? ›

It is high in proteins and fiber and enriched with antioxidants that help in making the immune system stronger. You are advised to consume quinoa more in comparison to oats as quinoa will provide more health benefits in low calories.

What happens if you don't rinse quinoa before cooking? ›

Rinsing quinoa definitely starts to hydrate the seeds. Flavor – In terms of flavor, the unrinsed quinoa definitely had a nuttier, earthier flavor, but I didn't find it bitter at all. The rinsed quinoa was definitely milder and the flavors more muted.

What is the best time to eat quinoa? ›

The insoluble fibre in it gives a feeling of satiation, therefore it's advised to eat quinoa for breakfast. It also increases the metabolic rate and helps to decrease food cravings and calorie intake thus supporting the weight loss process.

What is the healthiest way to eat quinoa? ›

Toss it in salads.

Quinoa is a complete source of protein and makes a great addition to a healthy salad. The combination of fiber, protein and healthy fats can turn a light side salad into a robust entrée.

Is quinoa heavy on the stomach? ›

For one thing, if you have any sensitive gastrointestinal issue, the saponins or the outer layer of the quinoa seeds could worsen your symptoms. Both my husband and daughter have inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's, respectively), and quinoa has never been easy for them to digest.

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