Healthy Hot Chocolate Quinoa Flakes

Healthy Hot Chocolate Breakfast Cereal - a quick, easy and seriously decadent breakfast that is full of superfoods!

Let me just start this post by saying sorry. Sorry that every recipe I’m sharing this week has chocolate in it. Sorry that two of those recipes are for breakfast – as in, sorry I’m forcing you to eat chocolate for breakfast. And sorry you’re probably going to love me for it. ;)

Chocolate is one of those things that you’re totally not supposed to have for breakfast. Right? It’s unhealthy, way too sweet and generally not the best way to start your day. You’ll go into a sugar coma before you even get to work.

So what if I told you that I’ve created a super-charged, chocolate-filled, insanely-decadent breakfast, that is packed with superfood ingredients and actually good for you?

Healthy Hot Chocolate Breakfast Cereal - a sweet, decadent and surprisingly healthy way to start your day!

Well my friends, this is it. Healthy hot chocolate in creamy breakfast cereal form. 

Usually when you think of hot chocolate, you think of something like this: completely over the top, overflowing with marshmallows, drizzled in chocolate and probably spiked with booze. Yeah I’d totally drink one of those at breakfast everyday. But I know better :)

I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That what you eat at breakfast can set the tone for your entire day. Something charged with sugar and booze? You’ll probably be napping by 10am (if you even last that long).

So what’s a girl to do when she loves chocolate, wishes she could drink boozy hot chocolate for breakfast every day, but knows she needs to start her day with a nutritious meal? Make something that tastes just as good without any compromise.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Breakfast Cereal - ready in 5 minutes, only a few simple ingredients, and tastes totally decadent!With this recipe, we’ve been able to turn hot chocolate into a healthy, breakfast-approved meal. It’s thick, creamy, sweet (but not overly so), rich, filling, lick-your-lips-good…okay, you get the picture.

The base of this hot breakfast cereal is your favorite nut milk mixed with açaí juice (which I’ve never had before, but has a lovely thickness to it, plus it’s loaded with an insane amount of nutrients). Followed by mashed banana, a bit of protein powder and quinoa flakes (giving you protein and fiber), unsweetened cocoa powder (a few more antioxidants never hurt anyone) and sweetened with just a hint of stevia.

And you can’t forget a sprinkle of shredded coconut and a big dollop of peanut butter. It makes the whole dish completely perfect.

Healthy Hot Chocolate Breakfast Cereal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving


  • 3/4 cups unsweetened nut milk
  • 1/4 cup acai juice
  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons quinoa flakes
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Stevia to taste
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut (for topping)
  • 1 tablespoon organic peanut butter (for topping)


  1. Combine all ingredients into a small sauce pan (minus coconut and peanut butter). Whisk together until fully incorporated.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce to a high simmer until desired consistency, 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, top with coconut and peanut butter, and enjoy!
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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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13 Responses to Healthy Hot Chocolate Quinoa Flakes

  1. Debra says:

    Great idea! No share button? :O)

  2. Well this just looks AWESOME:) I love baking with quinoa flakes but rarely make it hot like oatmeal. I need to do this more often, thanks for the inspiration!:) Have a lovely day!
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  3. Hi Alyssa, what if I don’t have acai juice? Is there another substitute I can use? No apologies necessary; I love chocolate ANY time. I only eat dark chocolate so I always keep it healthy. The darker better, at least 70% cacao content is my preference. If you really want to go decadent, my favorite unsweetened cocoa powders are: Scharffen Berger, Green & Black, Guittard, and Ghiradelli brands. You can also find pure cacoa powder in some of the healthy grocery stores but it’s expensive ($9 for 8 oz.) – Ouch!
    Thanks for all the quinoa recipes. I really enjoy them all!

  4. Nadine Anderton says:

    It is hard to judge the healthiness of this recipe by the ingredients alone – could you provide the calories and nutrition content?

    • Hi there – thanks for your note! I don’t provide nutrition facts for my recipes, but there are a bunch of tools out there that you can use for free. Just a quick Google search and you can copy and paste the ingredients in there and then it will tell you everything. Hope that helps!

  5. Rachael J says:

    Yowsers girl! No you dinnit! Im generally not a chocolate fan but if it isnt too sweet I may give it a whirl. You communicate your passion with extaordinary quality and I love stocking you for it.

  6. Lynn says:

    This looks and sounds soooo good! Can’t wait to try it!

  7. Debbie Fecak says:

    Wow, I have been looking for a great breakfast for these winter mornings. I am up & out early for usually 8 or so miles. This is my new go to breakfast! Thank you sooooo much. Looking foward to more vegan breakfast recipes soon! Would love something with lots of cinnamon!!!

    • You’re in luck! In the next few months I’m coming out with a breakfast cookbook – over 75 brand new recipes. With vegan options in there as well :) And glad you like this. I eat it practically every morning!

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