Breakfast Quinoa with Walnut Cream and Blueberries

Breakfast Quinoa with Walnut Cream and Blueberries


Quinoa, lightly spiced and sweetened with maple syrup, then topped with walnut cream and fruit, makes a grand change from your typical breakfast cereal.

Total Time
35 Mins

Total Time

Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Total Time
35 Mins


260 cal
Total Fat
16 g
Saturated Fat
1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
11 g
Monounsaturated Fat
2.5 g
0 mg
190 mg
26 g
Dietary Fiber
4 g
Total Sugars
7 g
Added Sugars
3 g
7 g
Vitamin D
0 mcg
45 mg
2 mg
262 mg


Walnut Cream

  • 1 cup California walnuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (use a little more if you want a slightly sweeter cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2–2 cups blueberries, fresh
  • 3/4 cup California walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped


  1. To prepare the walnut cream, put the walnuts in a bowl, add water to cover and let stand overnight. The next day, drain the walnuts well and spread on a baking pan. Toast in a preheated 350º F oven for 8–10 minutes, then cool completely.
  2. Put the walnuts, 1 cup water, the lemon juice, maple syrup and salt in a blender. Blend on high until creamy and smooth, about 1–2 minutes. Transfer the cream to a bowl or jar. (A food processer may also be used to make walnut cream, though it will not be quite as smooth.)
  3. To prepare the quinoa, rinse it in a strainer and drain it well. In a medium-sized saucepan bring the quinoa, water, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and orange zest to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to low, then cover and simmer until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Set aside off heat to cool for a few minutes; then fluff the quinoa up with a fork.
  4. When you are ready to serve, stir the 1/2 cup of prepared walnut cream, the orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg into the cooked quinoa. Serve the quinoa in bowls, and top each serving with a dollop of the remaining walnut cream, a small handful of blueberries and a sprinkling of toasted walnuts.

*Serve the quinoa warm, cold or at room temperature, and when fresh blueberries are not in season, substitute frozen or dried berries, or dried cranberries or cherries. Note that the walnut cream needs to be started the day before you use it.