Coconut Quinoa

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This dish was part of our Christmas dinner.  I was going to make plain old quinoa, but with some pretty basic veggies sides, I figured that I should spice – or should I say, sweeten – it up.


The best part about this quinoa dish is that it’s not overwhelming in favor – there’s just a hint of coconutty sweetness.  It’s super easy to make.  Let’s be real – I spent approximately two minutes planning the Christmas menu and allotted an hour to cook for six people… simple was the meal’s middle name (that’s Mr. Christmas Simple Dinner to you).  But everyone really enjoyed it!  The best dishes are often the easiest, I think.


Coconut Quinoa


Ingredients (for four servings):


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/3 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup (you could use maple syrup; I would reduce to 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance (or butter or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup almond slices
  • Salt to taste




  • Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  • In warm pot, add coconut, brown rice syrup, cinnamon, almonds, butter, and salt to taste to warm quinoa.
  • Serve immediately.


Best part… there are leftovers!



  • Sarah @ Yogi in action December 26, 2012, 3:15 pm

    That looks delicious! I will definitely be making this. I’m so impressed you made your entire Christmas dinner in an hour!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) December 26, 2012, 6:12 pm

    I made this Quinoa recipe because I was in the mood for savory vs. sweet!

    It was so good!

  • Katya December 26, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Merry Christmas Caitlin and family!

  • Jolene ( December 26, 2012, 11:48 pm

    I love anything coconut … and quinoa is one of the greatest foods around!

  • James December 27, 2012, 8:07 am

    Two of my favorite things combined! Yum

  • Jennifer December 27, 2012, 12:06 pm

    Is there anyway that you could do a post about what Henry is eating? I have an almost 7 month old myself and am super curious about what you are feeding Henry. I am making all of our babies food and could always use more ideas.

    • Caitlin December 27, 2012, 12:53 pm

      Sure! I will work on this!

  • Astrid January 18, 2013, 3:26 pm

    My boyfriend just served this yummie quinoa with a cheesy baked cauliflower dish. so good! thank you for sharing this recipe!

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