Banana and Toasted Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

March 24, 2017

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Banana and Toasted Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl recipe- so easy and delicious to make!

My favorite meal of the day is definitely breakfast. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can count dessert as a meal right? I think that’s why I love breakfast, though. You can get away with eating a sweet, borderline dessert, meal and not feel too guilty about it because it’s breakfast. Think pancakes, waffles, french toast, and muffins that are basically cupcakes without the frosting. While I love sweets {like looove them!}, I also have a healthy side that strives for balance. Enter this Banana and Toasted Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl! Have any of you ever had quinoa for breakfast before? Or quinoa in a sweet way? Usually, I have quinoa for dinner with roasted/sauteed veggies. It’s absolutely delicious in the morning, though! If you ever find yourself with some leftover quinoa from last night’s dinner, try it for breakfast! This recipe is so dang good and will satisfy your sweet tooth, in under 15 minutes! Even less when you have precooked quinoa!

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BANANA AND TOASTED PECAN QUINOA BREAKFAST BOWL

makes 2 servings

handful of raw pecans, chopped (about 3 Tablespoons)

2 teaspoons vanilla ghee {love this one}, or regular butter

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup cooked quinoa

1 banana, sliced

coconut shavings, about 2 Tablespoons

1 Tablespoon maple syrup, optional but delicious

optional: hemp seeds (get them at Costco and add to smoothies, cereal, salads, etc)

DIRECTIONS

Toast pecans in a pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they smell toasty. Add vanilla ghee and cinnamon and cook for about 15 seconds, until ghee is melted and smells flavorful. Add the cooked quinoa and stir to combine. Remove from heat and add to bowls. Add sliced bananas, coconut shavings, and hemp seeds. Drizzle with a little bit of maple syrup. Enjoy!


This has become one of my new favorite breakfasts! When I’m craving something sweet, but want to be a little healthy, I’ll make this Banana and Toasted Pecan Quinoa Breakfast Bowl. If you make it, let me know what you think!

xox

photos by Kimber Brown

  • Michelle Joseph

    I have never tasted quinoa before. What exactly is it?
    That does look delicious though and I love breakfast too. I can’t leave the house without eating it.

    Mich x

    • ooh quinoa is so good! It actually doesn’t really taste like much though. It’s a very thin grain that has all of the essential amino acids so it’s really healthy for you (and a good source of protein for vegetarians). It’s really easy to cook and can be added to salads, or made with vegetables. Usually I’ll cook it and add it to sauteed mushrooms with pesto or some type of light sauce. It’s really good!! I normally have it in a savory way so I liked making it for breakfast more sweet 🙂 If you try it let me know what you think! I’m curious! I can also send you some other good savory recipes for it if you like!

      • Michelle Joseph

        Yes please, some recipes would be lovely.

  • This bowl looks just so delicious! I’m not really the best at breakfast, i actually started to eat every morning only about a month ago, but this is making me want to try and be better at it! Thanks (again!) for the inspiration Mara! xo
    Melodie
    http://www.happymelodie.com

    • It’s so hard to find time for breakfast sometimes but whenever I eat it I feel like my day is off to a better start! I’m kind of jealous of the people that don’t need breakfast though because I wake up STARVING for it haha!!

  • AA

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