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Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte) Quinoa Bowl

Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte) Quinoa Bowl

I have been eating this for breakfast for a week straight. What sparked this healthier option? Let’s just say that I’d eaten five pieces of sugary vanilla cake with pudding filling followed up by more sweets and dining out over a period of three days.

It was my mother-in-law’s retirement party plus weekend celebration (YAY!) and apparently there were no limits to my gluttony. It was fun at the time, but I got sick to my stomach as the week rolled on and I knew that I made a huge mistake.

This meal is like a hug in a bowl. There are mild spices that warm you up from within and the healthy quinoa with a slightly nutty-flavour fills you up. This quinoa bowl uses the ingredients that can be found in Golden Milk, a lightly spiced drink featuring turmeric.

Known as the “healing spice,” turmeric is noted for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (source).

Quinoa is one of my favourite ingredients to use (1)(2)(3). It’s loaded with protein and fibre, and is gluten-free too.

When the quinoa cooks in the golden milk, it turns into a pretty colour while absorbing the delicious coconut milk. Stirring in honey and adding dried cranberries and banana adds a bit of sweetness that goes wonderfully with the spices in this dish.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Bowls of uncooked quinoa, dried cranberries, spices, coconut milk, and a banana.

Mise en place {see Ingredients for amounts}.

Golden milk ingredients in a small pot; dried cranberries and a banana to its side.

Stir in all the ingredients except honey and optional ingredients.

Cooked quinoa that has been cooked in golden (turmeric) milk in a small pot.

Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer, until liquid is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.

Closeup of golden milk (turmeric latte) quinoa bowl with banana slices and dried cranberries.

Place in bowls. Top with honey, banana, cranberries, and/or toppings of your choice.


Two golden milk (turmeric latte) quinoa bowls garnished with dried cranberries and banana slices.
Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte) Quinoa Bowl

Golden Milk (Turmeric Latte) Quinoa Bowl

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A breakfast Golden Milk Quinoa Bowl is loaded with the health benefits of turmeric and quinoa! Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and ready in under 30 minutes!


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamon
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • Optional: dried cranberries, sliced bananas, or your choice of toppings


  1. In a medium saucepan, add and stir all the ingredients (except honey and optional ingredients) together. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat, then fluff the mixture with a fork and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Divide into bowls and drizzle with honey. Top with dried cranberries, banana slices, or toppings of your choice. Best served warm.


  • Substitute coconut milk with almond milk if you would like.
  • Substitute honey with coconut syrup for a vegan option.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 7g

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Monday 13th of March 2017

I totally need to eat breakfast more, makes me less hungry and snacky throughout the day and I totally feel ya about the junk. The winter season is really getting to me this year and I've been binging on pizza, and fries and easy stuff way too often to the point of being sick. bleh. I would have never thought of quinoa for breakfast too! It always was a savoury thing in my head but now my views has changed!! :D Love this!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Monday 13th of March 2017

I find that eating breakfast in the morning wakes me up in the morning because I'm always excited to eat! LOL. I feel more full (less snacking) and have more energy for the day, especially since the quinoa has high protein content! Thanks, Joyce!


Monday 13th of March 2017

I just made breakfast quinoa for the first time on Saturday! While it was very good, I love the flavors you've combined in your recipe, I can't wait to try it! Also, it's good to know I can make a dairy-free breakfast quinoa using coconut milk, thank you!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Monday 13th of March 2017

You're welcome!

Alyssa @ A Bite of Inspiration

Monday 13th of March 2017

I could totally eat this for breakfast for a whole week-- it's so pretty! Definitely a great reprieve from all the cake and dining out. I've been doing a lot of that myself recently, so I'll have to give this a try. Tumeric has such great health benefits and it's got such great flavor too. Can't wait! Thanks for sharing, Marie!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Monday 13th of March 2017

You are welcome, Alyssa!


Saturday 11th of March 2017

I can totally relate, I am so guilty of crappy eating all this week! To make it even worse, I am injured, and can't run off all my regrets like I normally do, haha! Just so happens I have all those ingredients in my kitchen. Can't wait to try!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Sunday 12th of March 2017

Thank you Riva!

romain | glebekitchen

Saturday 11th of March 2017

I have never thought to cook quinoa in anything but water or stock. This is a great idea. I can't wait to try it out. The warming spices sound really good too!

Marie @ Yay! For Food

Sunday 12th of March 2017

Thanks Romain!

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