Have you had the chance to try Quinoa Flakes before? If not, I hope my quinoa flakes recipes will encourage you to give them a try. I mostly use them for quick family breakfasts, however you can use them instead of oatmeal in any recipe i.e. muffins, pancakes, cakes etc. See below an image on how the flakes looked before cooking.
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What Are Quinoa Flakes?
Quinoa flakes derive from quinoa. Quinoa is considered to be a power food because it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is also gluten free, high in fiber, high in antioxidants and also plenty of vitamins and minerals. Quinoa originated in the Andean region (Bolivia, Peru) of South America, however because of its qualities & health benefits it has become quite famous around the World.
Quinoa Flakes or Hojuelas de Quinua in Spanish are flakes made of quinoa. They look similar to oats and frankly can replace oat flakes in most recipes. These flakes make for a great plant based food protein. And they’re increasingly being used in Vegan and Vegetarian recipes.
Quinoa flakes, same as quinoa are superfoods because they contain all amino-acids, high protein, high fiber, iron and potassium.
Where Can You Find Quinoa Flakes?
You can find quinoa flakes in Whole Foods, Health Food Stores and Online. Here are few examples I saw online. My local grocery store doesn’t carry them yet.
How Do Quinoa Flakes Taste Like?
I’ve tasted them raw and quinoa flakes taste like unsweetened oats, they don’t have a very noticeable taste. They’re quite dry! I prefer them cooked with lots of fruits or other flavorful jams, nuts etc.
Quinoa flakes sold in stores packaged, doesn’t need to be rinsed before cooking.
How To Cook Quinoa Flakes?
Quinoa flakes are fast to cook. It took me just 2 minutes to cook them. The package the flakes came in suggested a 1 to 3 ratio, meaning for 1 cup of quinoa oats, you need 3 cups of water. I use a kettle to boil water before hand while I’m setting up the rest of the ingredients. Add desired quinoa to a pot, turn heat to medium, add boiling water and let cook for 2 minutes. Turn heat off, put the pot on the side and let chill. You can serve it warm or chilled, think of it as oatmeal so choose your favorite.
You can also add sugar, honey, cinnamon and other flavors to cooking the quinoa flakes. My family likes the below 4 recipes and each is done a little differently. So I cook the quinoa flakes just with water and adjust for ingredients in each cup as needed.
1. Pecans, Chia and Quinoa Flakes
I cook quinoa for 4 people, usually 1 cup of quinoa with 3 cups of water is enough of my family of 4. You might need to adjust portions as needed for your family when you give these recipes a try.
- Add 1 tbsps chia seeds in ⅓ cups of milk (you can use almond milk or coconut milk)
- Refrigerate chia/milk combo overnight
- Next morning, add the chia/milk mix to the bottom of the cup
- Top with cooked quinoa flakes (about ⅓ of the cup)
- Top with desired amount of pecans.
- Additional options: add honey or sweeteners as desired
2. Berries, Honey and Quinoa Flakes
This is one of my kids favorite way to eat oats or quinoa flakes. It’s very easy to put together and doesn’t require any overnight refrigeration. My kids preferred chilled quinoa, so I usually cook the flakes about 1 hour before their breakfast time.
- Cook quinoa flakes (1 cup of quinoa and 3 cups of water = 4 servings) for about 2 minutes.
- Let chill for desired amount of time.
- Put a layer of raspberries in the bottom of the cup.
- Add ⅓ of the cup cooked quinoa flakes
- Top with blackberries, then sprinkle with honey.
3. Dragon Fruit, Almond Milk & Quinoa Flakes
This recipe is a favorite of all my guests. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not like our grocery stores are lined up with dragon fruits (pitayas) and quinoa flakes. This is one rare recipe that looks gorgeous, so everyone wants to try it. See below instructions on how to prepare it.
- Cook quinoa flakes for 2 minutes (ration 1 flakes: 3 water). Let cook as needed.
- Blend half of a medium size dragon fruit with half a cup of almond milk.
- Add any sweeteners to your preference.
4. Red Plum Jam, Quinoa Flakes and Apricot
This quinoa flakes recipe is one of my favorite ones. Ahh, I like them all, so that’s why I take a spoon from each cup once breakfast is served:)). Believe me, not a great idea especially when you are trying to lose weight!! We moms tend to sample everything, then finish our kids left overs so nothing goes to waste:).
- Cook quinoa flakes as described above, 2 minutes, let chill.
- Add 2 tbsps of Red Plum Jam (or any other jam of your choice) to the bottom of the serving cup.
- Top the jam with ⅓ cup of cooked quinoa flakes.
- Add desired amount of chopped fresh apricots (I added 1 apricot for myself)
- Mix and dig in:)
Healthy Quinoa Flakes Breakfast Recipes
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 3 cups water
- Boil water
- Add quinoa flakes to boiling water.
- Let cook for 2 minutes. Stir occasionally. Turn heat off. Let cool down.
- Serve in individual bowls and add milk, almond milk, jam, fruits, nuts, cinnamon, honey etc and other flavors to taste. See post for 4 recipe ideas that my family likes.
- Please note that since I’m describing 4 different quinoa flakes recipes in the post step by step, I’m using the recipe card just to show how to cook them.
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Other Breakfast Recipes:
If you would like to check out few more breakfast choices, please see below recipes:
- My friend Jennie has this awesome Pumpkin Pie Oats recipe.
- Halloumi, Eggs, Spinach Keto Breakfast
- Quinoa Pops, Greek Yogurt, Berries Breakfast
- Chia, Hemp Hearts, Yogurt Breakfast recipe
Update: Post was initially written on Aug 2019 and updated on January 14, 2020.