Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wah’, is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. This ancient grain is a wonder protein, and an ideal start to your day.

Quinoa is gluten-free, a relative of spinach, and comes in over 100 varieties! It can be eaten raw, and cooked in a variety of ways – but here’s a recipe from Jalna, for a sweet start to the morning.

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2 cups (500ml) milk

1 cup (180g) quinoa, rinsed

2 tablespoons brown sugar + extra for serving

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + extra for serving

1 cup (250g) Jalna Sweet & Creamy Greek Yoghurt + extra for serving

1 cup fresh blueberries + extra for serving

1/3 cup (50g) coarsely chopped pecans


1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil.

2. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

3. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes.

4. Stir in yoghurt, blueberries and some of the pecans and cook for 30 seconds.

5. Serve with additional sugar or drizzle of honey, cinnamon, yoghurt, blueberries and pecans.

Tip: Substitute or add other fresh or frozen fruit, such as nectarines, peaches, poached fruit, fruit compote or dried fruit and flaked almonds.

Serves 3 - 4


Prep time: 5min Cook time: 15min