Recipe: Hot Quinoa Cereal with Warm Berry Compote

by JJ Virgin on September 11, 2016

This Hot Quinoa Cereal with Warm Berry Compote is like a warm, comforting hug in a bowl. It’s the perfect way to start off a school or work day!

Instead of reaching for instant oatmeal full of sweeteners and artificial flavors, try this healthy recipe. Protein powder and quinoa provide the nutrients you and your family need to feel full and focused until lunchtime, while the berries offer brain-boosting omega-3s. Add in the immune system support of coconut milk, and you’ve got the ideal morning meal.

Hot Quinoa Cereal with Warm Berry Compote joins the Chocolate Cherry Chia Shake, Tex-Mex Scrambled Eggs with Avocado and Salsa, and Blueberry Power Muffins on our Back-to-School Breakfast menu. Everything you need to guarantee a fantastic school day!

Hot Quinoa Cereal with Warm Berry Compote


September 11, 2016

This hearty, warming breakfast recipe has the protein and fiber you need to start your day off right. It’s like a comforting hug in a bowl and will soon be a family favorite.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1 and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 1 serving


1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (divided)

1/4 tsp monk fruit extract

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 scoop JJ Virgin Vanilla All-In-One Protein Shake powder*

2/3 cup filtered water

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup quinoa flake cereal

2 tbsp chopped pecans


1Combine the strawberries, blueberries, 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla extract, and the monk fruit extract in a small saucepan.

2Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is warm and tender, about 4 minutes.

3Meanwhile, combine the coconut milk and protein shake powder in a small bowl and stir until the powder has dissolved; set aside.

4Combine the water, remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and the cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the cereal, reduce to medium, and cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 1-1/2 minutes.

5Remove from heat and stir in the coconut milk mixture and pecans.

6Pour hot cereal into bowl, then top with warm berry compote and serve.

* JJ Virgin All-In-One Protein Shake powder is available in your choice of Plant-Based or Paleo-Inspired protein. Check out our store to see product details, product FAQs, and buy.

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Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014


Nutrition Facts

Calories433 calories
Sodium76 milligrams
Protein14 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat19 grams
Saturated Fat3 grams
Total Carbohydrates57 grams
Dietary Fiber14 grams

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