Chocolate Quinoa

Alright, you guys are either going to think I’m crazy or a genius! ;~P This is one of those thing I may only like.

I made it up yesterday being bored and stir crazy. I never realized how much I depend on the toddler to keep me going in the morning. This week without him has been rather bland. So to shake things up, I experimented in the kitchen!

I heard of people using quinoa for sweet dishes before but I’ve only tried it for dinner. Discovering it just a few months ago I love having a rice alternative. Well, now maybe I’ll have an oatmeal alternative too!

Chocolate quinoaI love the texture of the dish and it’s chocolaty without being too sweet, my favorite. I’m sure you could use regular skim milk and and some chocolate syrup but I happen to have light chocolate soy milk in the fridge (another new thing for me) and it worked great!

  • ¼ cup dry quinoa rinsed (66g)
  • ½ cup light chocolate soy milk (4oz)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (6g)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Whisk all ingredients in a small pot over medium heat and bring to a boil.

Lower to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 12 minutes until the quinoa absorbs most of the liquid. Serve!

I garnished with mint leaves to make the picture look prettier and I loved the chocolate mint bite!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
229 5g 6g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
10g 0g 42g 9g
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29 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Julie

    I can’t wait to try this Roni! I recently had quinoa with berries and honey, but I love anything chocolate!

    Did you eat this by itself (as sort of a pudding?)

  2. roni

    Julie – Yup, I had it like breakfast cereal. I ate it slow, because it was hot and I just love that texture in small amounts. It actually took me a long time to eat.

  3. Amy

    This sounds GOOD! Now maybe I’ll have a new use for my chocolate soymilk instead of just drinking half the carton in one sitting. It is a great craving buster though ;)

  4. JenK

    I have no clue what quinoa is but that dish looks good. A little bit like chocolate rice pudding.

    I might have to find out what this quinoa stuff is…

  5. Gina

    Hmm…that sounds yummy. Like JenK, I’m not familiar with quinoa. Your dish sounds a lot like a filipino dish I love called Champurrado. I gotta try your recipe.

  6. emi

    I clicked over from your other blog because I was kind of disturbed at the thought of chocolate quinoa, but now that I think about it more, chocolate oatmeal and chocolate rice pudding are delicious – so why not chocolate quinoa? It’s a grain, and grains aren’t intrisically savory.

    I happen to LOVE sweet omelettes – egg whites + splenda and cinnamon. You could also make it with whole eggs, of course. That sounds weird to some people.

  7. Kristin

    I’m going to go with genius.
    This totally reminds me of my favorite hot breakfast as a kid… Coco Wheats!!! “The creamy hot cereal with the coco treat!”. Anyone remember that stuff? Mmm. Bet this is a way better option. ;)

  8. Mary

    mmm… thanks for the idea. I cook up quinoa in my rice cooker with cinnamon and raisins. Then I add some agave nectar and milk and it is just as good as oatmeal!

  9. christy

    wow! We had this for breakfast and it was delicious…sooo chocolatey! We are new fans of quinoa and love trying new recipes for it. This reminds me of chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal no-bake cookies, I used to make them as a kid and don’t anymore because they are too tempting for me! I wonder if there would be a way to make these into a cookie form…maybe you can work on that next Roni! Thanks for your site, I love your recipes and am very inspired by your weight loss. Thanks for what you do!

  10. Tam

    I’ll have to try this because all of your other recipes I’ve tried have been huge successes in my home (seriously, on my third batch of those whole-wheat banana muffins because my husband is inhaling them as fast as I can make them). I have tried quinoa twice and not been a huge fan either time, but I happen to have some kicking around from my last failed attempt. I’m determined I will learn to love quinoa because it’s just so darned good for you. Maybe this is “the one”, the turning point in my relationshp with quinoa…we shall see. :)

  11. Lou

    Roni OK you got my attention on this one.

    Some time this week I will try that one out. Maybe even tonight. I don’t have the almond extract, but that is easy enough to get on my travels.

    I don’t know how you do it, but that mind of yours never stops does it now.

  12. noelle

    hmmm….we’ll have to try that. The one time we had quinoa for breakfast, it was just too savory for me. I can totally taste the spinach influence in quinoa, but the chocolate just might cover that up.

  13. Meghan

    So is this supposed to be crunchy? lol

    I cooked longer then 12 minutes but it didn’t seem to be getting to the right texture. The flavor was good but something about the texture….

    Is there such thing as quick cooking Quinoa vs. regular ( like old fashion and quick oats??)While I love using this grain, mine always seems to take forever to cook….am I doing something wrong?

  14. Roni

    LOL I don’t think there is a quick vs. regular. And the Quinoa does have a little firmness to it so that may be what you are tasting. Have you had it before?Anyone else having this problem?

  15. Janice

    Roni, I just tried this. Actually, it was my first taste of quinoa as I had not had it before and I wanted to try it. This was very good and chocolatey. I cannot wait to try quinoa as a rice replacement. Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes.

  16. Janice

    Roni, Congratulations, my boyfriend liked this!!! Since he had a heart stent put in about a year ago he has been eating healthy and hating every minute of it. Well, we made this for breakfast yesterday and He said and I quote, “It’s not nasty!!” He said he would eat it again. Believe me Roni, this is a major compliment. Thanks again for sharing your recipes.

  17. Nicole

    yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum. always thought you have great ideas, roni….but this one just plain rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Lynn

    My hubby loves this and has been asking me to make it again for weeks. So this morning I obliged – and added 5gm of mini choco chips & 1/2 sliced banana as toppings – was AMAZING!!

    Your recipes are always awesome! Thanks!

  19. Julie

    Sounds great. I love quinoa…do you think it would be as good with chocolate almond milk instead of soy milk? Or would that be too much with the almond extract?

  20. Erin

    I tried this with mint extract (a little less than half of what it calls for almond extract) and skim milk and it was delicious!

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