Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe

This week we want to share some of our favorite healthy crockpot recipes!  We often think of the crockpot or slow cooker as a winter appliance for making delicious warm soups and stews, but it’s also a great appliance for summer! In the summer it can keep our kitchens from getting hot from oven cooking, and sometimes we’re just gone for several hours and want to have a meal when we get back.

So, I’m starting the week with Quinoa for Breakfast! <3

Quinoa is a terrific food to add to your families diet. Quinoa is perfect for kids because it is:

  • Easily digestible (for those little sensitive tummies)
  • Low on the glycemic index (minimizes wild swings in blood sugars)
  • Full of minerals and amino acids
  • Rich source of folate!  (which is more easily absorbed than the synthetic: folic acid)
Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe. Step By Step to the tastiest, fluffiest, sweetest, breakfast- ready for you when you wake up!

If you’ve tried to serve your kids quinoa before, and they didn’t like it- don’t give up! It’s actually taken me several times to make it taste good.  The first few times, none of us liked it!  It just takes some practice, so here are the tips we’ve learned along the way:

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  1. Soak and Rinse!  When you don’t do this step well, your quinoa will absolutely have a bad flavor. Some people say it tastes like soap, or it tastes bitter. I just think it tastes weird.  Quinoa should take on the flavor of the foods you cook it with more than anything- and rinsing will help.  If your quinoa says “pre-rinsed”, rinse it anyway!  Use a mesh lined strainer to not lose any seeds.
  2. Don’t overcook or under cook!  Your appliances or stove top may be different than mine, so experiment till you get it right.  I find on the stove top, I can never get it just right, but in a pressure cooker or rice cooker, it’s much easier!   For a pressure cooker, I use the high setting, and pressure cook for 2 minutes, and slow release pressure for 10.  Quinoa should be fluffy!
  3. Use the right liquid to quinoa ratio. On the stove top or rice cooker, use 2 cups liquid to 1 cup quinoa.   In the slow cooker 3 cups liquid to 1 cup quinoa.  Pressure cooker: 1 1/2 cups quinoa to 2 1/4 cups liquid.
  4. Flavor it up! There are many recipes for quinoa salads and dishes.. the flavor makes everything. Which is why this sweet breakfast is the perfect gateway for those kids on the fence about quinoa!
  5. Let it sit- after it’s cooked, turn everything off and let it absorb the last of the liquid for about 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe. Step By Step to the tastiest, fluffiest, sweetest, breakfast- ready for you when you wake up!

So, on to our Crockpot Breakfast Quinoa!  We used

  • Coconut water
  • quinoa
  • dried cranberries
  • honey
  • vanilla
  • sliced almonds
  • and coconut

We put it all in the crockpot on low for 4 hours.  And that’s it!  That’s the beauty of a slow cooker.  Throw it all in and walk away. Once it’s cooked, you are ready to eat.

Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe. Step By Step to the tastiest, fluffiest, sweetest, breakfast- ready for you when you wake up!

We also have made this with a pressure cooker, and while I love using a crockpot, the quinoa does come out a bit lighter in the pressure cooker (see the color difference between the image above and below? In the pressure cooker, this dish took only 12 minutes~

Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe. Step By Step to the tastiest, fluffiest, sweetest, breakfast- ready for you when you wake up!

So, follow the full recipe below and let us know if you try it!  Even if you’re kids have been hesitant to try quinoa- definitely give this Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe a try!

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Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa

Coconut Cranberry Crockpot Quinoa Recipe
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Serves: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 m
Cook Time: 2 h

Ingredients

  • 3 cup – coconut water
  • 1 cup – quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoon – honey
  • 1/8 cup – coconut flakes
  • 1/8 cup – almonds, sliced
  • 1/4 cup – cranberries, dried

Directions

  1.  Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.
This will make about 3 cups cooked (we serve 4 people).

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 246 12%
  • Fat: 5 g 8%
  • Carb: 42 g 14%
  • Fiber: 5 g 20%
  • Protein: 8 g 16%
  • Sugar: 11 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(24)
Rach says:

Is there a way to possibly make this in the oven?

Allyson Henley says:

This recipe works really well in my 1.5 quart crock pot. I really like to have it with some chopped walnuts on top

Amy says:

Kritsin- I’ve been able to find coconut shavings or shredded in a regular grocery store that sells food in bulk bins. Also, our freezer section with the frozen fruit, sometimes I’ll see coconut there too!

Krsitin says:

I notice you do a lot of recipes with coconut, which I love. I am wondering where do you get your coconut. I would like to find one that is not coated with sugar. Thanks!

Amy says:

Bummer Carol- I actually don’t like the taste of quinoa unless it’s rinsed really well. Perhaps your quinoa wasn’t rinsed?

Carol says:

Honestly, this recipe was not tasty; not at all. We cook and eat quinoa for dinner and although we don’t “love” it, we make it work for a healthier alternative. But this recipe we just literally couldn’t swallow. I do appreciate you sharing it and will still continue to go out on that ledge and try new recipes!

Amy says:

Definitely @Andrea- Let us know how it turns out!

Andrea says:

Can you replace the water for coconut milk or almond milk?

Amy says:

Yes Liz- definitely pre rinse!

Amy says:

Hooray Becca!

Becca says:

Ok, this is ABSOLUTELY amazing!! I cooked it on high in my crockpot this afternoon because we are always pressed for time in the mornings and I don’t own a pressure cooker. I almost couldn’t restrain myself from eating it tonight so that the family can have it for breakfast! Yummersss! Yeay for a great way to get my kids to love Quinoa!! Thanks!

Becca says:

Ok, this is ABSOLUTELY amazing!! I cooked it on high in my crockpot this afternoon because we are always pressed for time in the mornings and I don’t own a pressure cooker. I almost couldn’t restrain myself from eating it tonight so that the family can have it for breakfast! Yummersss! Yeay for a great way to get my kids to love Quinoa!! Thanks!

Liz Slaybaugh says:

Do you have to do the pre rinse you describe before putting the quinoa in the crock pot?

Amy says:

@Kati- yes it reheats well!

Kati says:

Mine does have a timer and a ‘keep warm’ setting. I could do 4 hrs on low then ‘keep warm’ . . .but I worry it would be dry.

Does it reheat well?

Amy says:

I did add that later DD 🙂

DD says:

Nevermind – found it!!!

DD says:

How many servings does this make? Did I miss that somewhere?

Amy says:

@sherron- You’d have to use the instructions for your rice cooker, but I just use the white rice setting.

Amy says:

@Kati and @SL Does your crockpot have a timer? I was able to set mine for 4 hours, and then it turns off. Otherwise, I actually get up at 6, and my kids don’t wake up till 8, so I use the high setting.
The other option of course is to serve this for lunch or dinner! Still delicious.. anything longer than 4 hours just burns. 🙁

sl says:

could this recipe be coked overnight in the crockpot? How would you change the time? Sounds wonderful but cooking 4 hr prior to breakfast is impossible for me. Thanks for your help.

Sherron says:

how long does this take in a rice cooker?

kati says:

Love the idea of this. But obviously anything that needs to cook for 2-4 hours for breakfast poses a logistics problem since I’m not about to wake up in the middle of the night to prep the slow-cooker. SO – can I make this the night before and reheat for breakfast??

kati says:

Love the idea of this. But obviously anything that needs to cook for 2-4 hours for breakfast poses a logistics problem since I’m not about to wake up in the middle of the night to prep the slow-cooker. SO – can I make this the night before and reheat for breakfast??

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