Spiced Chai Breakfast Quinoa

Spiced Chai Morning Quinoa | accordingtoelle.comMaybe it’s the unseasonably warm weather, a pregnancy-related pumpkin aversion or simply a case of pumpkin burnout, but I haven’t really felt the insatiable need for all things pumpkin spice the past couple of weeks.

How sad is that?

Okay, it’s really not quite as tragic as I make it sound because this spiced chai breakfast quinoa is totally filling any fall flavor void in my life at the moment.

Fellow chai-lovers, you’re going to want to get in on this. Just make sure you bring your appetite because this is one filling breakfast bowl.

Spiced Chai Morning Quinoa | accordingtoelle.com

Speaking of appetite, I never thought I’d say this but eating for two is a tough job. I kid, I kid. I’m not technically eating for two (at least not all of the time), but at this point there’s no longer space in this belly of mine for big, satisfying meals, which means I’m hungry and on the hunt for food every couple of hours or so.

One thing that’s consistently made a difference in keeping me satisfied, both before and during pregnancy, is getting enough protein in the morning, something that many irresistible (I’m looking at you, cinnamon buns and almond croissants) or ridiculously convenient (ahem, granola bars) breakfast foods typically lack.

I guess it’s not surprising that Americans average just 13 grams of protein at breakfast, but did you know we should be shooting for about 25-30 grams at each meal? The timing and type of protein we eat matters more than you may realize. We tend to eat most of our protein in the evening though, leaving our mornings low in the nutrient most likely to keep us full. Getting enough protein in the morning means you’ll feel fuller, longer and are less likely to be grazing for mid-morning snacks or overdo it at lunch.

Spiced Chai Morning Quinoa | accordingtoelle.com

Alone this bowl of chai goodness packs an impressive 22 grams of protein, but pair it with an 8-ounce glass of milk and you’ll get in a whopping 30 grams (!!!) before you even walk out the door. Not only does milk offer 8 grams of high-quality protein per cup, it also has other essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. The star grain in this dish, quinoa, is also a good source of protein plus filling fiber. If you want to see more on how milk’s protein can help at breakfast, check out this cool infographic.

Spiced Chai Morning Quinoa | accordingtoelle.com

Even if pumpkin spice is everything nice in your life right now, make this spiced chai breakfast quinoa tomorrow morning and see if you don’t fall in love, too.

P.S. For more delicious breakfast ideas with protein, check out this Creamy Acai Smoothie, Nutty Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal and Savory Oatmeal.

A special thanks to Milk Life for sponsoring this delicious recipe!

15 Comments on Spiced Chai Breakfast Quinoa

  1. Lucy
    August 12, 2016 at 4:07 am (3 weeks ago)

    I tried this this morning , with a couple of adaptions as I wanted a little more protein so I made my quinoa with almond milk and then stirred in the mixed spices and one scoop of vanilla protein. I’ve splodged a blob of peanut butter and sliced apple on the top of mine and it’s divine!
    Thank you for the inspo

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    • Lucy
      August 12, 2016 at 4:09 am (3 weeks ago)

      I’m in the UK so it’s not 4am here!

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  2. Dudley Fontaine
    June 22, 2016 at 7:19 am (2 months ago)

    I also wonder if anyone has tried this with quinoa flakes cereal and/or the overnight soak method? Love that convenience, my mornings are BUSY!

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  3. Vickie
    May 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm (4 months ago)

    Has anyone tried this reheated or cold?

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  4. Michael
    February 21, 2016 at 8:38 am (6 months ago)

    Chai in recipe?

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    • Jamie
      March 5, 2016 at 9:15 am (6 months ago)

      lol I was thinking the same thing. I’m going to try a tablespoon…

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  5. RB
    February 15, 2016 at 12:29 am (7 months ago)

    How does this hold up if I were to save the second serving for the next day’s breakfast? Could it be eaten cold like overnight oats? Or does it reheat ok? Any thoughts?

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  6. Nicole
    January 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm (8 months ago)

    How could I do this without the egg white? I can’tell eat eggs but need the protein. How much protein is lost by omitting it? Or, does consistency change? This sounds so good!

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    • Kim
      March 11, 2016 at 9:21 am (6 months ago)

      I made this without an egg white and it turned out fine! I added a serving of hemp hearts to replace protein lost from omitting egg and using non-dairy milk, making it totally vegan friendly :)

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    • Dudley Fontaine
      June 22, 2016 at 7:16 am (2 months ago)

      Do we know cals per serving?

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    • Tearsa
      July 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm (1 month ago)

      In addition to the other great ideas of hemp hearts and non-dairy milks, I noticed that quinoa alone is a good source of protein. 1/2 cup cooked is a little over 4 grams, if you want to make up for the egg white (3.6 g), if you’re able you can double the quantity of the porridge you eat. :)

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  7. Roeland
    November 4, 2015 at 4:41 pm (10 months ago)

    Quinoa as breakfast… I’m gonna try it! Thanks for this idea.

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  8. Fox Kitchen
    October 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm (10 months ago)

    Quinoa as breakfast has been on my list for so long, thanks for the reminder! Looks yummy

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  9. Aleah
    October 21, 2015 at 11:57 am (10 months ago)

    You know, I think that chai is the fall flavor underdog. I’ve been loving my vanilla chai tea lately! The rich combination of spices is so comforting. I love sweet quinoas, thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Kristina
    October 21, 2015 at 3:13 am (10 months ago)

    Making Chai tea latte has become my little morning ritual, I steep the tea, warm the milk and that first sip of warm concotion always makes me feel better. I love the flavour of chai and you just changed my life. I often eat quinoa for breakfast, but I would never think of spicing it with Chai spices. I love it!

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