Blueberry & Cacao Quinoa Bowl

Cacao fruity quinoa porridge

If you love having porridge in the morning you will love this quinoa porridge. I’ve used quinoa flakes for this purpose as these are really quick to cook – they only take a couple of minutes! The inspiration for this recipe came from the book Superfood Kitchen, by Julie Morris. There was a recipe in the book for a hot quinoa bowl which I tried but then I decided to make my own version of it as well.

I bought quinoa flakes from Holland and Barrett but you may be able to find them cheaper somewhere else if you shop around.
Quinoa flakes - NatureCrops

Quinoa is a great source of protein and the one I bought contains 11g of protein per 100g. It’s actually considered a complete protein, meaning it contains all 10 amino acids your body needs. It’s also naturally gluten-free and contains several minerals such as manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.

Organic quinoa flakes

If you compare quinoa to porridge oats, the main difference is the protein content and quality. Quinoa provides more protein per 100g and porridge oats provide only some of the essential amino acids (they are not a complete protein). Both quinoa and oatmeal provide health benefits so I wouldn’t say one is better than the other.

The quinoa bowl I made is a total vitamin and mineral bomb! The banana is optional, I just added it as I had to use it. If you don’t have raw cacao powder you could use cocoa instead, but it has to be sugar-free and you will need only a little bit as it has a stronger flavour than cacao. I use organic cacao powder which I bought on Amazon (there are different brands to choose from, just make sure it’s organic).

Organic cacao powder

The cacao powder is high in antioxidants and is a great source of iron and magnesium.

Quinoa porridge with cacao and cinnamon

After adding some cacao powder to quinoa porridge, I also added a bit of cinnamon which is also rich in antioxidants but also contains calcium. See what other minerals and vitamins it contains here.

Beloved date nectar

The date syrup which I added to the meal is rich in manganese, magnesium and potassium. I bought it in Asda for £2 when it was on offer, but the offer is finished now, unfortunately. If you want to buy it check online for any deals.

So, over to the recipe now…

Blueberry & Cacao Quinoa Bowl

Protein-rich quinoa bowl, high in antioxidants, magnesium and other minerals.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Servings: 1
Author: Petra Kravos


  • 4 tbsp quinoa flakes
  • a handful of blueberries (I used frozen ones)
  • 1/2 banana (optional)
  • 2-3 brazil nuts (chopped)
  • a drizzle of date syrup (could use maple syrup instead)
  • a pinch of sea salt (brings all the flavours out)
  • 100 ml of water (if more liquid is needed add some plant based milk such as almond or coconut)
  • 1/2 tbsp organic cacao powder or 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • Add water and quinoa flakes to the small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Add salt and mix together. Cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes, add more liquid if necessary.
  • Once cooked add to a bowl, add cacao powder and cinnamon and mix everything together.
  • Add blueberries on top and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Finish off by drizzling the meal with some date syrup.


  1. Looks delicious! I’ve only tried making quinoa porridge once and wasn’t too keen so haven’t tried it again since. Although I did use dried quinoa, not quinoa flakes. Maybe I should try getting my hands on quinoa flakes and try it again 🙂

    1. It was a really good breakfast actually. Cooked quinoa flakes have different texture and also flavour, well at least the ones I tried did (red quinoa by the look of it). You should definitely give them a go, I did like them. And if you don’t like quinoa flakes as a porridge you could still use them for other purposes like soups, vegetarian patties, etc.

  2. Ooh this looks delicious Petra! I have some quinoa flakes in my cupboard but haven’t done too much with them yet, so now I know what to make next 😉

    1. Thanks Natalie! If you do try making quinoa porridge let me know how it turns out! I have a feeling red quinoa is better than white due to slightly different flavour.

  3. Oh this looks wonderful! I was looking at quinoa flakes in holland and barrett at the weekend but decided not to buy them because I wasn’t sure about them. When I use quinoa I always wash it well to get rid of the saponins in the outer shell that are not good for our digestive system so I wasn’t sure about using flakes. I guess you could soak them and wash them too? This looks great so I would love to try it!

    1. Yes, that’s true, quinoa needs to be washed before cooking. When it comes to quinoa flakes I just assumed these have already been washed but I think it’s always worth checking with the brand first. If you soak these they will absorb lots of water very quickly, they are like a sponge! Definitely worth giving this recipe a go, I loved it!

    1. It’s a lovely breakfast Jenna. No, there is no need to soak the quinoa flakes, it says on the package ‘Ready to use’. These are already processed and don’t take long to cook.

  4. I have been having porridge for breakfast for months (adapted from a Deliciously Ella recipe) – I go to bed looking forward to it! I will definitely give the quinoa flaes a try!