Creamy PB&J Quinoa

Creamy PB&J Quinoa


Getting kids to eat quinoa for the first time is equivalent to getting them to eat their greens.  At least, that’s the way it was in this house.  Maybe it’s the texture, or the nutty flavor, or maybe the name alone makes them not so keen.  Whatever the reason, it took some getting used to here.  So if quinoa is a new pantry item in your house, or maybe you haven’t tried it before, this would be a great place to start!  The nutty flavors of quinoa blend well with peanut butter, and a little touch of honey or agave and jam add just enough sweetness.

It’s always nice to change up the usual oatmeal breakfast, or PB&J sandwich for lunch.  This dish is perfect for a change, especially with picky eaters, since it has flavors they are used to but much more nutrition.  Quinoa has twice the amount of protein, compared to oats, and also has more fiber.  In addition to higher protein and fiber content in quinoa, there is also more calcium, potassium, zinc, and vitamin E.  With only 5 ingredients, and 15 minutes cooking time, this one pot meal is sure to make everyone happy!

My littlest helper was back at it this morning stirring the quinoa.  I gave her a large whisk to work with so her hands weren’t too close to the pot and stood close by watching.

While she was busy stirring, big sis was watering the herb garden (her favorite thing to do in the morning!), and I was sipping some coffee.  I love a big morning cup of hot coffee.  Nothing added to it, and both hands wrapped around the mug for warmth – starts the day right.

Creamy PB&J Quinoa
Recipe: Main Dish
Author: Victoria – Green Plate Rule
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
This creamy PB&J quinoa is a great dish to try for your first time cooking quinoa for kids! Flavors and a name they are used to, but much more nutrition.
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup rinsed, uncooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (natural or organic)
  • 1 tbsp jelly
  • 1 tsp honey or agave
  1. Add the milk to a medium pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add quinoa and bring to boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and continue to stir until quinoa is cooked, about 12 – 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and sweetener, stir until combined. If needed, add a little more milk.
  5. Pour the quinoa into a bowl, add jelly and swirl around.
  6. Enjoy!

Please watch out for partially hydrogenated oils in peanut butter, and high fructose corn syrup and food dyes in jelly. Read the labels carefully!

This makes 2 small servings or 1 large serving and could easily be doubled or tripled. Freeze any leftovers for another week!


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Curious Mama July 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Can I use dairy milk in this recipe? Recipe looks similar to the way my Mom makes “kheer”, Indian rice pudding….so simple and yumilicious! Can’t wait to make this healthier version!
Awesome blog, thanks for all the helpful/healthful information!


greenplaterule July 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Sure! I just write in non-dairy milk since that is what I use. I make a quinoa pudding with cinnamon, raisins, and little cream, that reminds me of the rice pudding my grandmother made when I was young. So nice to enjoy the healthy meal that brings back lots of memories! :) Have a great day.


Curious Mama July 31, 2012 at 5:09 am

Great, thanks! Mom would add pinch of saffron, cardomum and she would add almond slivers that she prepared ahead by soaking, peeling, slicing and drying. Sometimes she used to add food coloring, I have yet to find natural food coloring that doesn’t put a whole in my wallet. WholeFoods had it for $20 when I last checked.


greenplaterule July 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

I haven’t used it before, but I’ve heard buying powders (beet, spinach, or pumpkin) to use for food coloring works well and is less expensive. :)


Curious Mama July 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

I didn’t think of that, thanks! :)


Michelle August 2, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Just found your website and I LOVE IT! Quick question tho. I’m allergic to nuts. Is there a good non-peanut peanut butter out there? I tried soy butter once and well, it was disgusting.


greenplaterule August 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm

HA — you aren’t the first person I’ve heard that from! Can you have cashews? I love fresh cashew butter. Just buy cashews and put them into your food processor until smooth (about 5 mins or so), or I like Almond Butter which you could find in the stores. I’ve tried Sun Butter (sunflower seeds) and I’m not a huge fan but it’s okay. So if you need something completely nut free, that might be a good alternative. I’m glad you found the site! Thanks for the message.


olesya alferenko August 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

I just found your website via the Peeled Snacks Facebook page. Love the way you think and cook! Cannot wait to try many of your recipes including this one.


greenplaterule August 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Hi Olesya. I’m so glad you found Green Plate Rule! Have a great day! :)


Zola October 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Do you think using almond butter would work just as good as peanut butter?


greenplaterule October 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm

It does! :)


Kelly February 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Hi Victoria! First of all, I’m sorry if this is posted multiple times (I’m having some technical difficulties). I am a huge fan of your site! I stumbled upon the Sunday night to eat clean post and have been hooked ever since. My current obsession is the overnight oatmeal, which I combine with your apple pie oatmeal and eat every morning for breakfast. As much as I love it, I must confess, I would like to change it up a bit. At the same time, I don’t want to lose the ease of the overnight (it is such a little–but big–stress reliever to have my breakfast and lunches ready to go). Can this pb&j quinoa be overnight? If not, any ideas?
PS: Your posts and recipes have already had a positive impact both on my health and on my wallet…so, thank you!


greenplaterule February 22, 2013 at 7:37 am

Thank you for the message, Kelly. I’m glad I’ve been able to help! I would not try this one over night, but you could take 1 cup of milk, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp of PB, and 1/2 tsp of jelly, and some fresh fruit. My latest oatmeal addiction is: 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup oats, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 drop of liquid stevia – mix and store overnight. Then, in the morning I add berries and coconut. So yummy! :)


Kelly February 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

Thank you! I just tried the quinoa. Delicious! It will DEFINITELY be my weekend morning treat! I can’t wait to try both of your suggestions. :)


Crystal musa March 17, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Our 18 month old daughter loves quinoa and PB & J we will have to try this. If you start your kids really young they will eat anything. She even thinks that broccoli is a yummy snack lol. Poor thing.


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