Honey Coconut Quinoa with Pomegranate

November 4, 2010

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I’m not a morning person. I’m really, really not. I’ve always wanted to be one, to feel totally alive and inspired to start the day. Sometimes I even force myself to get up at first light and go for a run through the park – pretending like this is all normal and I’m totally fine, happy to be awake and making the most of the day. And it kinda works for an hour or so. And then I flatline. I just can’t keep up the charade – I start thinking about my bed, and coffee. And coffee in bed.

So I’m pretty convinced there are two types of people in this world. Morning people and non-morning people. You can’t fight it. You just gotta roll with it…

That’s why I love morning routines. Let me share my morning routine with you:
Wake
Heat quinoa
Coffee
Mix quinoa and fruit
Eat
Coffee
Get ready

There’s something so comforting about my routine. No thinking. No deciding. I’ve totally embraced it. I should also mention I don’t do morning conversation either. People (who shall remain nameless) struggle with that. They think it’s rude. But seriously, how can you just wake up and launch into a proper conversation? What the heck?


Honey Coconut Quinoa with Pomegranate Recipe

You can play around with different fruit here. I had a bunch of pomegranates and thought they would go really well with a pinch of ginger (which they did!). I imagine chopped pear would work well too. Ooh ooh, and fresh raspberries.

⅓ cup quinoa
⅓ cup milk or milk substitute (I use oat milk)
⅓ cup water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
pinch of ginger powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup fine desiccated coconut
handful of chopped, toasted almonds
seeds of ½ pomegranate

Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve, then place in a medium saucepan with milk, water, cinnamon and pinch of ginger powder. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 min. At this point the quinoa should have a slight crunch when you bite it. Remove from heat and drain any remaining liquid, if any.

Stir in the flaxseed, honey and desiccated coconut. Mix well and then top with pomegranate seeds and toasted almonds.

Serves 1

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet November 4, 2010 at 11:30 pm

This quinoa sounds incredible. I love coconut and pomegranate.

Vanille November 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

I’m not a morning person either.
But having a bowl of mix quinoa with fruits like that one, helps definitely !

Debbie November 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

That’s a cute post! For a moment I felt as if I was reading my own thoughts…
but this recipe would get me up in the morning! Looks delicious!

Jeanette November 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Great quinoa breakfast recipe. Whole grains for breakfast are a great way to start the day.

Kate November 8, 2010 at 2:32 am

delicious! I am going to make this straightaway.

I get up early in the morning, but I agree with you in that I can not start chatting immediately. I need at least an hour to myself to savor breakfast and get a few things done. Unfortunately, my 8 year old brother had a different idea when he woke me up at 5am on a SUNDAY to play board games and discuss Calvin & Hobbes. It’s not really his fault though; we are still clinging to DST here in the US.

Joe November 8, 2010 at 6:59 am

Does the world even exist at 5am? Today I got up at 6:30am which is an hour earlier than normal. I’m trying to be more productive and get a few things done… does facebook and blog count as productive? My quinoa is on the stovetop :)

Jessica November 8, 2010 at 7:52 am

Eww, mornings are teh suck. I feel so productive when I get up early, though! And then I waste time… I’ve been thinking about breakfast quinoa lately since I’ve only had it later in the day in savory dishes. And pomegranate…yum!

Katie at Healthy Pots and Pans November 9, 2010 at 3:08 am

I never really thought of eating grains for breakfast, outside of oatmeal, until I saw a TV show on the BBC in the USA called “You Are What You Eat” with a crazy lady named Gillian McKeith. OK, I guess “crazy” might be a bit overboard, because she did suggest eating grains such as quinoa for breakfast. I like it hot with sliced fruit, soy milk, and a little vanilla extract.

Joe November 9, 2010 at 7:49 am

Katie, I would have thought she was crazy too if I heard her a couple of years back. Now I’m totally hooked and my friends think I’m the crazy one!

Anna Johnston November 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Oh…, I hear you there SistA…., seriously NOT a morning person either, like you I’ve come to just accept it ;) Gotta have those morning rituals to make it work, too much thinking first up, too many decisions can wreck a girls day huh.

UmmBinat November 21, 2010 at 5:17 am

This is delicious and pretty healthy. I love honey, I love pomegranates, for a grain I love quinoa. I modified this to what I had on hand, which was all but the flax seeds, I ground up some raw sunflower seeds instead and did not add coconut as I didn’t have any! I would eat this for another breakfast!!

Abby November 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Great post! I adapted it for my blog and posted a link to your post. Thanks for the great inspiration. I really love your site!

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