Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae

Tropical Wild Blueberry Breakfast Sundae 2Disclosure: By posting this Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.

Ever have a sundae for breakfast? Ever have a sundae for breakfast and feel super virtuous while eating it???

If you have {eaten one that is} that’s A-ok. But you could probably eat this “Maine meets the Tropics” inspired Warm Tropical Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae, EVERY morning, and feel a little smug about yourself, because it’s chock full of antioxidant rich wild blueberries {Yes, wild. More on this in a sec…} and other yummy, healthy stuff including quinoa, coconut, and macadamia nuts-hence the “tropical” theme.

So, let’s talk Wild Blueberries…

Wild BlueberriesDid you know I almost always have a bag of frozen wild blueberries in my freezer at all times?

That’s because, although I love all types of blueberries, wild blueberries are super duper tasty and can be eaten year round, thanks to our modern day freezer storage.  Something to be very thankful for indeed!

And, something else very impressive I just learned recently, is that wild blueberries also have twice the antioxidant capacity of cultivated blueberries.

How cool is that???

Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast SundaeMore Wild Blueberry Fun Facts…

  • Wild blueberries owe a big thanks to anthocyanin, a flavonoid with powerful antioxidant capacity, for giving them both their gorgeous deep-blue pigment, as well as their nutrition superstar status.
  • Although research is on going in all areas, the potential health benefits of eating wild blueberries may extend to multiple medical conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart health, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
  • Wild blueberries love the glacial soils and climate of Downeast Maine {where my Aunt and Uncle live and my Aunt makes the best wild blueberry creations ever!} and Canada, where they have grown naturally for 10,000 years. If you want to eat them fresh you’d better make a trip to Maine or Canada in August or September, but if you can’t make it there, no worries, because you can find the frozen fresh Wild Blueberries year round in a supermarket near you.
  • The Wild Blueberry Association of North America has a wonderful website I highly encourage you to visit to learn more about this delicious little fruit.

And, as I mentioned earlier, you can eat wild blueberries in a nutrient packed breakfast sundae and feel smug and virtuous all day long, and since I made you two, you can eat the second sundae for dessert!

Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Calories per serving: 450 calories per serving

Maine {or Canada} meets the tropics in this nutrient packed breakfast sundae with wild blueberries, quinoa, coconut, and macadamia nuts. It's a sundae you can feel virtuous about eating for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen fresh wild blueberries
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut or brown sugar, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Heat a small saute pan over medium heat, and add chopped macadamia nuts and shredded coconut. Toss nuts and coconut together, stirring frequently to prevent from burning, until lightly browned, or about 4-5 minutes. Remove mixture from pan and allow to cool.
  2. Heat coconut oil in the same saute pan over medium heat, then add frozen wild blueberries, and stir until mixture is bubbling. Turn down heat to medium, and add ginger and optional coconut/brown sugar to wild blueberry mixture and continue stirring for about 5-6 minutes, or until blueberry sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and set aside while you assemble sundaes.
  3. Place 1/2 scoop each of warm cooked quinoa {you may make quinoa ahead of time and reheat before preparing sundaes} in 2 glasses/bowls/sundae dishes and top with 1 heaping tablespoon each of wild blueberry syrup mixture and nut/coconut mixture. Next, top each sundae with 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, then divide remaining wild blueberry syrup and nuts/coconut and place on top of breakfast sundaes. Serve while still warm.

Notes

Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, but could easily be made vegan by using a dairy free yogurt. Calories per serving determined using lowfat Greek yogurt and coconut sugar.

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Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast SundaeAre you a wild blueberry lover too? What’s your favorite way to eat wild blueberries? Did you know wild blueberries were such nutrition rockstars???

Check out the other wild blueberry rockstar creations from my Recipe ReDux friends!

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Comments

  1. I never had quinoa as a breakfast cereal. Very flavorful!

  2. Oh my goodness I love this! What a clever and delicious idea…it he quinoa soft in it? Need to try this xx

  3. I want to dive head first into this gorgeous looking sundae! Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of quinoa so I’ll probably try another whole grain with this. But I love love the wild blueberry, coconut and macadamia nut combo for sure :)

  4. Oh my blueberry gosh. You made excellent use of your time yesterday. Here’s to WINing!!

  5. Love this! And the fact that you call it a sundae makes it even better:) Beautiful photos!

  6. I love that my breakfast choice would have the word sundae in it, BONUS!!!! Good luck on your recipe contest, this is a fabulous entry!!! The recipe sounds fantastic:-) I haven’t been enjoying quinoa enough lately, time to change that up! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  7. I love wild blueberries and also always have some in freezer at all times! Your warm sundae sounds delicious!

  8. These look amazing! I love your idea of Maine meeting warmer weather- quinoa sundaes are something I need to get into. I always cook my quinoa with an herb blend so leftovers aren’t convenient for breakfast, but I can easily fix that now that I have this idea!

  9. OK. You win. This is my favorite recipe in the Redux so far (but shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone). It’s creative, so pretty to look at, and given all the awesome ingredients, it has to be delicious! So fun …

  10. I sooooo wish these were waiting in my fridge right now :)

  11. Gorgeous sundae EA! I used to love parfaits when I was a kid and this reminds me of them. What a fun way to eat breakfast!

  12. This is such a creative recipe! Naughty-looking but packed with nutrition in the wild blueberries and quinoa – and I love the tropical twist! I’d love to add this to my breakfast rotation :)

  13. What a healthy and yummy breakfast. I think my oatmeal is going to take a vacation.

  14. Anytime you put sundae and breakfast together, you have a winner. Gorgeous photo and definitely a winning recipe. Rockstar!

  15. Now this is a treat I could enjoy quite frequently. Great recipe, thanks for sharing EA!:)

  16. wow… this would really perk up my cold, snowy, dreary morning. looks delicious and who wouldn’t want a sundae for breakfast?! brilliant.

  17. I’ve always got a couple bags of wild blueberries in the freezer as well, they are so much tastier in my opinion. I love the idea of having a healthy sundae for breakfast!

  18. Yum!! You always come up with the most creative and delicious recipes! I think you have a winner here!

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