There’s something memorable about starting your day with a cozy bowl of creamy quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced keenwah) looks and acts like other cereal grains such as barley and wheat berries, but it’s actually a seed thereby making it naturally gluten-free. There’s so much to love about quinoa! It’s both a complete protein (unlike most plants) and a source of butyrate and omega-3 fats - two super nutrients that are anti-inflammatory and protective against cancer, heart disease and more. Beyond these amazing benefits, quinoa is also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals often missing in common diets, including magnesium, iron and zinc. You’ll definitely want to add Danielle’s rich and delicious quinoa to your breakfast rotation!

Creamy Coconut Maple Quinoa


1 ½ cups

Cook Time

12 min

Total Time

17 min

  • 1 cup uncooked white quinoa
  • 2 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup full fat organic coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-3 Tbs. pure maple syrup

Optional toppings for toddlers: Frozen blueberries, raisins

Optional toppings for grown-ups: Sliced almonds, pecans or walnuts

  1. Place quinoa in mesh strainer and rinse well under cold water until water runs clear - approximately 1 minute.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add quinoa and 1 cup filtered water. Bring to boil.
  3. Cover. Drop to simmer for 12 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and place two sheets of paper towel between lid and pan. Set for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  6. Add coconut milk and cinnamon. Mix well.
  7. For toddlers and grown-ups, mix in 1 tsp. pure maple syrup per serving.

If serving nuts to children between the ages of 1 and 4, please supervise closely to avoid choking hazard. Ideally, any nuts served to this age group should be crushed or in very small, easy to chew pieces.

For the ages

For Babies: BLW

When first learning to eat, babies need to experience all types of textures. This creamy, mildly sweet quinoa is sure to please your little one!

Portion Size:

1 - 1 ½ Tbs.


Quinoa mixture

Serving Tip(s):

Serve dime-sized dollops of quinoa in a tiny bowl for little ones to eat with a tiny spoon or their hands. Let your baby eat as much as he wants, adding more dollops to the bowl as needed.

For Babies: Traditional

This creamy quinoa is a perfectly balanced meal for your baby and naturally contains essential vitamins and minerals such as folate and iron!

Portion Size:

1 - 2 Tbs.


Pureed quinoa mixture, filtered water or breast milk (optional)

Serving Tip(s):

Some babies may find this creamy quinoa to be just the right consistency. If your baby has not advanced to slightly lumpier foods, use a blender to puree quinoa to desired consistency. Add more hot water or coconut milk to thin quinoa as needed by adding 1 tsp. at a time.

For Toddlers

Quinoa is similar to oatmeal, but naturally creamier making it easy to like. Your toddler will love customizing her bowl of quinoa with a few fun toppings provided alongside this recipe.

Portion Size:

2- 3 Tbs.


Quinoa mixture , raisins (optional), blueberries (optional)

Serving Tip(s):

Serve in a happy bowl with a toddler-sized spoon. Allow your toddler to feed herself with a spoon or hands. Let her eat as much or as little as she wants, adding more quinoa to the happy bowl as needed (2 Tbs. at a time).

For Grown-Ups

This quinoa breakfast bowl can be made with minimal effort. Plus, it’s full of protein, fiber and healthy fat to keep you going all morning long!

Portion Size:

½ cup


Quinoa mixture, raisins (optional), blueberries (optional), slivered almonds (optional)

Serving Tip(s):

Serve warm. Store in oven until ready to eat.

Happy Eating!

Danielle Shea-Tan, MS, CHHC

Functional Family Nutritionist

Danielle is passionate about helping families ditch processed foods and start making real, wholesome food that is both simple and delicious. She blows our minds with fascinating "nutritional nuggets" about foods and herbs. Danielle also recently wrote a book called "52 Small Changes for the Family," an inspiring guide that helps families make one small change each week to improve their overall happiness and health. You can learn more about Danielle at 

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