Mar 102013

A glorious discovery was made in my kitchen this morning.  Potentially earth shattering, ground breaking, and other dramatic things like that.  Drum roll please…Quinoa for breakfast.  OK maybe some of you don’t find that quite as exciting as I do, but I was SO excited to see how great quinoa was as part of this baked oatmeal.  You can’t go wrong with the  combination of blueberries, bananas, walnuts, and cinnamon and added to super foods like quinoa, oats, and chia seeds, this is an amazingly healthy and delicious breakfast, brunch, or even healthy dessert.  

The other benefit of this dish (beyond the nutritional and flavor aspects) is that it makes about 6-8 servings making it perfect for a family or group, or for filling tupperware for a weeks worth of breakfasts (if you are me- party of 1).  It’s also super easy to put together.  You just layer sliced bananas and blueberries on the bottom of the pan, top with the dry ingredients, pour over the wet ingredients, and then top with a few extra banana slices, blueberries, and walnuts for a lil extra flair.  

Nutritional Highlights:  This is a crazy healthy meal.  Here are a few of the highlights: 

  • Quinoa: Apparently the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as “The International Year of the Quinoa.”  Who in the world knows what that means, but it’s packed with protein and fiber.  
  • Blueberries and Bananas:  antioxidants, potassium, deliciousness.
  • Walnuts: omega-6 fatty acids
  • Chia seeds:  No relation to our grass covered pets of the 90’s…They’re so hot right now so I decided to throw in a few tablespoons.   They have omega 3’s, protein, and fiber, and they soak up a ton of liquid so they keep you full for a while
And I didn’t even mention the fiber filled oats or the skim or soy milk to get a little calcium in there.  There is really nothing bad I can say about this recipe, and I can’t wait to eat it at work every single day this week.  

Quinoa-Oatmeal Bake with Blueberries, Bananas, and Walnuts
adapted from Milk and Honey Living

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
2 T chia seeds
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 1/4 cups milk (skim or soy/almond if you want non-dairy)
1 large egg
1 T butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 bananas, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups blueberries plus a few extra for the top
Preheat oven to 375 and grease 9×13 pan
  1. Mix together oats, quinoa, most of the walnuts (save a few for the top), baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl lightly beat egg and add in milk, vanilla, melted butter (let cool slightly).
  3. Cut bananas into slices covering the bottom of pan (reserve a few slices for the top).  Top with the berries (again, saving a few for the top) and cover with oat mixture.
  4. Pour wet ingredients to cover dry ingredients and top with remaining berries, banana slices, and walnuts.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup if you like it a little bit sweet like I do!  Enjoy!

Note:  If you like your oatmeal a little sweeter, feel free to add some maple syrup or honey into the bake (my version only has fruit to give sweetness).  Also, if you’re going to save the leftovers and reheat, I recommend adding a little milk or water for reheating as it dries out a bit.


  20 Responses to “Quinoa-Oatmeal Bake with Blueberries, Bananas, and Walnuts”

  1. This just in! Apparently Chia seeds ARE related to chia pets!! #mindblowingdiscovery

  2. Do you cook the quinoa before adding it to the recipe?


  3. I just made this, any idea about nutritional info? Calories, carbs? etc.

  4. Hi Brandy,

    Just ran this through (a great site for recipe nutrition analysis) and if you have 8 servings it’s about 300 calories. Perfect for a healthy breakfast :)

  5. This is absolutely delicious, I just made it for the first time, and having my second breakfast now at 5pm ! I substituted the blueberries by raspberries and added raisins and dried dates. What a power meal with so many health benefits. Love it !

  6. can i make this recipe into muffins(portion control) and if so should i change anything on the original?

    • I think these would be great in a muffin tins! I would just be sure to spray the muffin tins well since I could envision these sticking to the sides a bit. Great idea!

  7. This was truly amazing! It tasted like a fruit cobbler. I added some Greek Yogurt while it was hot and I also used fresh figs and some strawberries….

  8. This recipe sounds yummy, but I need to leave out the oatmeal. Do you think I could just add more quinoa or something else?

    • Hi Susan,
      I haven’t tried it but I do think you could try using extra quinoa instead of oats. Hope it works out! – Marissa

  9. If I’m out of milk can I use water?

    • Sure! Water would work fine…the milk really provides liquid more than flavor in this recipe.

  10. This recipe sounds delicious and I would love to make it! What would you recommend as a substitute for bananas? I am allergic to them :-(

    • You can substitute any fruit you like! The banana does give this recipe most of it’s sweetness, so try something sweet like ripe peaches, nectarines, or pears. Hope that helps!

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  12. I made this for breakfast for guests Saturday morning… it was a hit, and made my kitchen smell amazing! Great recipe I will be making again, thanks!

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