Thisssss is what we call a copout.

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I

It’s incredibly similar to my favorite “normal” breakfast quinoa that I only recently shared, but this… has chocolate. Which in itself deserves it’s own post, of course.

Because look at those cute little chocolate chips getting’ all melty in that bowl!

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I

Oh oh oh AND I did toast the quinoa first in coconut oil, which is a new thing I’m doing and totally loving. And this one time, I also swirled in some roasted blueberries that I had leftover from, um… margaritas. I’m just glad I repurposed them.

But I love it both ways: fresh blueberries for a burst and roasted for more flavor. I just can’t decide.

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I

This whole breakfast is sort of an ode to my favorite breakfast as a kid, which was Quaker instant oatmeal. You know, the kind in that package? But I had to have two packages instead of one, and it had to be cooked in milk instead of water. And it had to be the PERFECT consistency, or else I would start all over. My favorite flavor was peaches and cream, but honestly? My actual favorite flavor was strawberries and cream, you could just never find it back then. It would randomly pop up in a variety pack and the rest of the choices would be horrific. But peaches and cream was always available, so I went with that.

I even ate those suckers dry. Yes, I totally ate dry packets of instant oatmeal. Which was like, instant oats and sugar and dehydrated fruit which I’m pretty sure were just apples with fake peach flavoring on them. So so so good though.

And sometimes? I still buy it. I buy it as a treat and eat it on the weekends, or on days when I’m feeling particularly nostalgic for childhood or home. And when I say home, I mean home that’s still only ten minutes away. But whatevs.

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I

As I was walking through the cereal aisle the other day, I noticed the completely crazy range of flavors that oatmeal comes in now. If I had those choices? I’d go nutso. Like lose my fahreaking mind as a tween. Right there on the shelf sat chocolate chip instant oat packets… and I was sort of torn. I mean peaches and cream and strawberries and cream are one thing, but chocolate chips? I can just add my own. And saturate them in coconut milk.

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I

So I did. Don’t mess with me man.

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I


Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Yield: serves 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


1/2 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and patted dry

1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

3/4 cup canned lite coconut milk + more for drizzling

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup fresh blueberries


Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and coconut oil. Once melted, add in quinoa and shake the pan to coat, letting toast for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine coconut milk, cinnamon and vanilla in the saucepan with quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes until quinoa can be fluffed with a fork.

Divide quinoa into two bowls then sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let sit for 2-3 minutes so the chips get melty. Add in a few drizzles of coconut milk, then blueberries.

Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa I

Also good? Roasted strawberries stirred in. Dooooo it.

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118 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa.”

  1. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 16, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    I totally scarfed down dry oatmeal packets before my swim practices in high school. My mom thought it was so awful but it was the best snack.


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 16, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    Cop-out or not, I’m kinda sorta having a moment with blueberries and this breakfast looks fantastic.


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    Kath — August 16, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    Love that bowl!!!! And chocolate :)


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    luv what you do — August 16, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Yummy! I love breakfast quinoia…this recipe has two of my favorites too…chocolate and blueberries, and I can’t wait to try it!


  5. #
    Spencer — August 16, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    Looks delicious! A great way to start the day.


  6. #
    Stac — August 16, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    A COPOUT??
    I hardly think so, I am pretty sure this is HEAVEN in a bowl!!


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    Christina — August 16, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    I used to eat hot chocolate packets as a kid. And as an adult. And the kind with the little crunchy marshmallows? All over it. So maybe I should make a hot chocolate breakfast quinoa. That’s gotta be awesome, right?


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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 17, 2012 @ 12:56 am

    This looks absolutely amazing!


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    Rachel - A Southern Fairytale — August 17, 2012 @ 2:21 am


    My kids eat the packets raw. I’m telling you, you and Princess would love each other ;0)

    That looks amazing, I think I need to try this!

    I use coconut oil on my hair and skin :-) fyi, now I need to try toasting quinoa in it


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    Angie — August 17, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    I used to love eating the flavored instant oatmeals dry!! And I totally forgot about it! You have the best memory! Things you say in your blog always make me remember growing up, love it!


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    Squash Blossom Babies — August 17, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Oh my gosh!!!! Why have I not done this yet!?! Brilliant! I can’t wait to try!


  12. #
    Sophia — August 17, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Ive never had Quinoa, but i am dying to try it. i lvoe oatmeal with fruit, why not this too? i bets it delish!!


  13. #
    idiosyncratic eye — August 17, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    There is something pleasingly decadent about chocolate chips in porridge. :)


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    Jennifer — August 17, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    I have no idea how you could eat oatmeal dry and not choke! Kudos to you :) I love this recipe.


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    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — August 17, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I love when you get all healthy-ish on us. ;) This looks really good and I’ve been meaning to try making quinoa with coconut oil. Good reminder!


  16. #
    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles — August 17, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    There aren’t nearly enough tiny chocolate chips in my life!


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    Krystal — August 18, 2012 @ 10:25 am

    I totally ate those Quaker packets dry too! Or I’d melt peanut butter and then mix in a packet, which made this crumbly, chewy mess that strangely, I adored… my favourite was the brown sugar :D


  18. #
    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — August 18, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Natural protein with a deliciously light sugary coating?! I wish I could make this in bulk so I could have it before work EVERY DAY.


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    Megan G — August 18, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering which Trader Joe’s you go to? I know there are 2 in the area and was wondering if one is better than the other. Thanks!


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    Federica — August 20, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I am having this right now! It is so divine! I think I added my chocolate chips a little earlier than you because they instantly melted and I ended up with some gooey chocolaty quinoa. I am in heaven!

    Thanks for suggesting the coconut oil roasting. You really taste it. Plus it gives me a way to use my large jar of coconut oil :)


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    Mary — August 20, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Reading your comments about Quaker instant oatmeal was like reading a page out of my own childhood. My grandparents used to make it for me every morning before school and I LOVED the strawberries avid cream. I always pawned the banana ones off on my sister. Ick. And then in college when I didn’t have a microwave sometimes I would just soak them in milk for an hour ( or like twenty minutes if i could stand it ) and gobble them up!


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    Serena — August 20, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe! I need to try it :-) For a video on how to cook quinoa check out my tutorial here


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    Sep — August 21, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

    Quinoa for breakfast sounds awesome! Do you have any Amaranth recipes? I made it once and it tasted so gross…and I’m a personal trainer so I’m always eating healthy food, but the amaranth…not my favorite!


  24. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 22, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    what an amazing start to the day! gorgeous photos too!


  25. #
    IndianaAnna — August 24, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    If you are home alone and making this at lunchtime, it only makes one serving, right?? Cause I just scarfed the entire batch. Yum!


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    Faith — September 24, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    Just wondering but how important is it to toast the quinoa in the coconut oil? I’ve never used coconut oil myself (and also have like giant Costco-sized vats of other kinds of oils I need to use up!) and I don’t know about buying a whole other kind of oil just for one recipe.

    Love quinoa breakfast though! I usually cook mine with whole cinnamon sticks and add in walnuts for crunch with currants or raisins. Definitely sounds better with chocolate!


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    Niceia — December 21, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Moving is hectic, but I aylaws find it invigorating! Love exploring new towns and meeting new people.Quinoa is one of my faves. I like chopping a variety of bell peppers, cucumber, and tomato, then topping it with feta cheese and Italian salad dressing.The EASIEST!Although, it’s SO expensive. Have you found it anywhere for cheap?I think it was something like 13 bucks a box!!!


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    Sara — February 21, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Roasted blueberries!?! How lovely! And I must know, are those bowls from a Mikasa Swirl collection?


    • Jessica — February 21st, 2013 @ 10:52 am

      i think they are!


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    James — August 11, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    This is AMAZING! So quick and easy, actually pretty cheap and a thousand times better than any oatmeal I’ve ever tried to eat, And by my calculations, incredibly healthy as well! (Even after I added a pinch of brown sugar at the table, lol)

    !00% solid gold breakfast WIN! <3 Highly recommended on all counts.

    Oh, I also used frozen wild blueberries to great effect. I suppose you could thaw them briefly in the microwave, but I actually kind liked the juxtaposition of cold burst of berry goodness alongside the warm cinnamon/chocolate/quinoa.

    SO GOOD!


  30. #
    sheri — January 15, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Sounds yummy but don’t look forward to “patting” it dry!


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    sr. c. — June 9, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    hi nice flavour, i opted for grated dark chocolate as the chips are too much sugar and i prefer the 80% for health benefits. i think perhaps soaking the blueberries in a favorite liquour would add a nice touch like kalula, tia maria, cocnut snapps..whatever you fancy.


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    Kelly — December 9, 2014 @ 3:22 pm

    This will sound ridiculous, but I really hate coconut. I really want to try the recipe, can I just use olive oil and regular milk? Thanks :)



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