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Strawberry Chia and Quinoa Breakfast

This strawberry chia and quinoa breakfast recipe is just a simple idea on how you can use up leftover cooked quinoa.

Strawberry chia and quinoa in a glass. Garnished with shredded coconut.

It’s really easy to make. All you need is to soak chia seeds overnight and that’s it.

Here you have your chia seeds, quinoa, strawberries, pecans, and shredded coconut. Oh, my!

And have I mentioned that it’s gluten-free, vegan, and low-glycemic (just in case it’s important to you)?

Perfect for a hot (and humid if you live in Toronto) summer morning or as a “take it to work in a jar” small meal.

Strawberry chia and quinoa layered in a glass. Strawberries and plates in the background.

And if you like the idea of having quinoa for breakfast, check out this Fruit and Nut Quinoa Breakfast Bowl and this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

Two glasses with strawberry chia layered with quinoa and garnished with shredded coconut.

Strawberry Chia and Quinoa Breakfast

Strawberry Chia and Quinoa Breakfast

Yield: 2 portions
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Strawberry Chia and Quinoa Breakfast recipe. A simple idea for using up leftover quinoa. Gluten-free, vegan, and low-glycemic.


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

For the Strawberry Chia:

  • 4 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/3 cup your favorite non-dairy milk ( I used coconut milk; coconut water or cow's milk would also work)
  • 3/4 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut sugar, optional


  • 4 to 6 quartered strawberries ( 2 to 3 per portion)
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp pecans ( 1 to 2 Tbsp per portion)
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut ( 1 to 2 Tbsp per portion)


  1. To prepare the strawberry chia, add the strawberries, milk of your choice, and coconut sugar (if using) to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a jar or a glass container and add the chia seeds. Mix well until all chia seeds are covered with the liquid. Cover with a tight lid and leave in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, place the chia seeds in a bowl. Add the quinoa, quartered strawberries, pecans, and shredded coconut.


Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings calculated for the chia seeds soaked in almond milk.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1/2 of recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 409Total Fat 23.2gSaturated Fat 6.8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20.5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 129.3mgCarbohydrates 43.9gFiber 16.7gSugar 9.2gProtein 11g

Nutrition facts provided on this website are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a qualified health care provider for personalized diet advice and make sure that each of the ingredients is allowed in your diet.

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Monday 19th of March 2018

Can you use a smaller amount of chia seeds or do you need the full amount?

Maria Ushakova

Monday 19th of March 2018

You need the full amount for the consistency. If you want to use less chia seeds you would need to use less liquid otherwise the consistency will be very runny.


Thursday 26th of February 2015

Can I use water instead of a milk product?

Maria Ushakova

Thursday 26th of February 2015

Yes, absolutely! Water works too.


Monday 19th of January 2015

This looks so yummy! Can you make a couple jars in advance? Or would the chia seeds not stay well?

Maria Ushakova

Monday 19th of January 2015

Chia seeds stay well in the fridge for upto 48 hours. I wouldn't keep them longer though.


Monday 1st of December 2014

Can you substitute other berries inplace of the strawberries??

Maria Ushakova

Tuesday 2nd of December 2014

I've made it with raspberry and blackberry and it was delicious. I think blueberry would work too.

Raquel @ My California Roots

Friday 30th of May 2014

This looks really great, Maria! For some reason I've always been weirded out by quinoa as a breakfast food, but this sure does look appetizing!

Maria Ushakova

Monday 2nd of June 2014

Thanks, Raquel! I do like to have quinoa for breakfast every once in a while. I always mix it with something, like berries or/and chia and some milk. Tastes great :)

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