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Yoghurt with Toasted Quinoa, Nuts and Fruit on Simple Provisions

Breakfast isn’t often sophisticated. It can be satisfying, sure. Or hearty. Maybe even a treat. But sophisticated isn’t a word that gets used for breakfast regularly. It is, however, the correct term to describe this dish when presenting it to your mum this Sunday for Mother’s Day.

It’s a very simple recipe, but don’t let that fool you. This plate is full of texture and dances a fine line between savoury and sweet. With persian flavours and several surprising elements, it is both interesting and delicious to eat as well as beautiful to look at. 

Yoghurt with Toasted Quinoa, Nuts and Fruit on Simple Provisions

A generous serve of thick, tart, greek yoghurt forms the base of this breakfast. This smooth start is offset by a middle eastern inspired scattering of roasted almonds, pistachios and sultanas, which adds flavour. Dates or dried figs also work really well.

But it is the pop and crunch of the quinoa that is the real delight of this dish. Dry roasting quinoa gives it a nutty taste, and only takes a few minutes. There’s no need to rinse or otherwise cook the tiny grains, just roast them in a pan and sprinkle them over the yoghurt. Using red quinoa adds a visual treat, but you can use any quinoa you have on hand.

Adding a pinch of lemon zest brightens the dish, and a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt grounds everything in a more savoury place than expected.

Yoghurt with Toasted Quinoa, Nuts and Fruit on Simple Provisions

A mouthful of this breakfast truly takes you on a journey, from the tart yoghurt through the toasty nuts and grains to the sweet fruit. It is made even more perfect when a salty flake hits your tongue and combines with the olive oil to remind you of its savoury side.

You could toast your quinoa and nuts the night before, keeping them in an air-tight container, so all you have to do in the morning is assemble the plate. Serve this breakfast with a coffee, a fresh croissant from your local bakery and your mum’s favourite magazine, offering her a sophisticated start to her day.

Happy Mother’s Day mums!

Yoghurt with Toasted Quinoa, Nuts and Fruit

Ever so slightly altered from the original recipe on Food52

Serves 1 (double or quadruple as needed), takes about 15 minutes to make

    • 1/2 tablespoon red quinoa
    • 5 shelled pistachios (raw or salted, either will work)
    • 5 almonds
    • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 tablespoon sultanas (or 2 dates or 1 fig)
    • Pinch of freshly grated lemon zest
    • Flaky sea salt or other coarse salt
    • 1 teaspoon best quality olive oil

Dry roast the quinoa by placing it in a small pan over a medium heat. It will begin popping when it’s toasted. When you hear that, pour the quinoa into a bowl to cool.

Add the nuts to the pan and toast, shaking the pan to keep the nuts from burning on one side. Set the nuts aside to cool.

Spread the yoghurt on a plate. Sprinkle the quinoa, pistachios, almonds and sultanas over the top. Grate lemon zest over everything and add a pinch of sea salt from a height. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

30 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Breakfast: Yoghurt with Toasted Quinoa, Nuts and Fruit

    1. Amelia says:

      It’s a good one! Very addictive.

  1. xwaysseries says:

    looks deliscous…thanks

    1. Amelia says:

      I love it. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Great idea to toast the quinoa — I didn’t realize it can be eaten uncooked. As always, love the pics.

    1. Amelia says:

      I didn’t either till I tried this recipe Rona. It’s a great texture this way.

  3. Amelia, I am always so happy when I receive notification you have posted! Your cooking is very inspirational. We love thick creamy greek yogurt and I am going to experiment with some of the delightful seeds and grains you have shared. Especially the toasted quinoa. Thank you.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you! I hadn’t tried quinoa this way until this recipe – but I’m converted. It’s a really interesting way to eat it.

  4. As a mom, I love this on Mother’s day morning in place of the fried stuff! Great way to start any day! Quinoa gives a wonderful protein boost:)

    1. Amelia says:

      Happy Mother’s Day Peri :)

      1. Happy Mother’s Day to you too, Amelia:)

  5. I posted this a few weeks back, using dates.
    I am now addicted to this for breakfast! It’s so good! (I add more quinoa than the recipe calls for.

    1. Amelia says:

      I am also addicted! It’s got so much flavour and texture – love it. Your blog is gorgeous Stacey.

  6. I’d love to wake up to this in the morning.. thanks for sharing!

    1. Amelia says:

      You’re welcome! Happy Mother’s Day.

  7. annmahnet says:

    Wow, I’ve never tried quinoa this way but it sounds delicious. Can’t wait to add a sprinkle to my morning.

    1. Amelia says:

      I think you’ll like it Ann!

  8. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Details are on my latest post.

    1. Amelia says:

      Thank you Libby, that’s lovely of you. I love the idea for your blog – Nigel’s Kitchen Diaries are fabulous cookbooks, I’m a massive fan.

  9. Amy says:

    What an amazing way to eat quinoa!! This looks heavenly… I just discovered your blog today and I love it :)

  10. Hi there. I nominated you for a Liebster Award – congratulations. Please visit Ruby the black labrador – http://rubytheblacklabrador.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/liebster-award-for-ruby-the-black-labrador/ – for details of the award and what to do next :)

  11. This sounds like a great breakfast. I’m going to be making this soon.

  12. jess says:

    this looks incredible — I’ve never dry roasted quinoa. will have to try it! thanks for sharing

    1. Amelia says:

      You’re welcome!

  13. I just had to tell you how delicious this looks–I may have to go out and get a few ingredients today. :)

  14. glyn50 says:

    This could make a breakfast eater out of me! Thanks, and glad I found your site. Glyn

  15. Fork and Bowl says:

    That looks amazing! I love quinoa but never thought of having it toasted with yoghurt. I will definitely try this!

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