Apple Quinoa with Mixed Berries for Breakfast

Reader Contribution by Valerie Boese
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Here is a breakfast that will kick start your day, it is made with the wholesome goodness of quinoa, fresh berries, and English walnuts. Try this super easy, delicious quinoa dish for your next breakfast. The secret to making this delicious dish is cooking the quinoa in apple cider instead of water. Be sure you rinse the quinoa before cooking it because it has a bitter tasting coating that naturally deters insects from eating it. Some quinoa does come pre-washed, just check your package for details.

Quinoa is an ancient grain grown by the Inca Indians for hundreds of years. It is packed full of nutrition, high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, and is one of the few plant sources to contain all 9 amino acids. It is readily available in local markets, and it is fast reaching the status of  a “Super Food.”

For a super easy way to enjoy quinoa, make Apple Quinoa with Mixed Berries for breakfast. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a break from the oatmeal blahs, with this delightful dish.

Prep and cook time is around 20 minutes.


1/2 cup quinoa any color

1/4 cup English walnuts optional

2 T toasted coconut

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup blackberries

1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks

2 Tablespoons pomegranate seeds

1 cup apple cider or 100% apple juice


  1. Rinse quinoa with water before cooking it. Cook quinoa according to package instructions substituting the water with apple cider or 100% apple juice. 
  2. Top cooked quinoa with blueberries, blackberries, pomegranate seeds, fresh pineapple chunks, toasted shredded coconut*, English walnuts and serve. This recipe makes 1-2 servings.

*To toast coconut place on nonstick cookie sheet in middle of the oven under preheated oven broiler for 30 seconds or until slightly browned. Be sure to keep a close eye on it, it will toast fast!

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