Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

This Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast is a delicious make-ahead snack or breakfast, served with coconut milk and walnuts!

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

Friends, we’re dusting the snow off our VW Vanagon (Westfalia), dreaming about spring!

Just when we think we can take ol’ Rosemary out for a drive, it starts to snow again. But the snow is melting, and actually our son set up his “study space” inside her, and has been enjoying the great outdoors while studying for his MCAT coming up (big test for medical school).

In the past, we could pop over to the Oregon coast quite quickly, but now that we are in central Oregon, we’ll have to be a bit more intentional with our planning.

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

We long for a warm day on the beach at Pacific City.

Our camping is much more simplified now that it’s usually just Paul and me. Years ago, we had a small trailer that we’d take the kids out in. It really does feel like this was just yesterday, when the kids were just babies (1998).

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

And then today. (Our family of 5 does not fit in the VW, but we’ll often take 1 kid with us, and always Haggis McStitch!)

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

A recipe that is super-easy for camping, is Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast. At least for me, when we camp in our VW, my meal planning is very intentional, because of the space.

In this case, bring already cooked quinoa in a Ziploc bag, a can of mandarin oranges (pineapple is good, too), and we always bring nuts with us for a healthy snack.

Toss in a can of coconut milk.

Better yet, I bet coconut Greek yogurt would be a tasty touch, too!


Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast
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Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 2


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup or honey
  • 1 can mandarin oranges drained
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped


  • Heat the quinoa in a bowl with coconut milk and syrup; mix well.
  • Place in 2 serving bowls; top with mandarin oranges and walnuts. Optional to add salt.

Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast


4 comments on “Coconut Mandarin Orange Quinoa Breakfast”

  1. Ahh, the flavors in this look incredible together! I know I will love this one Sandy and can’t wait to try it! xo

  2. I just picked up some quinoa for the first time.  This looks like a great recipe for a first try!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. This looks and sounds completely fabo! Adding this to a morning rotation for during the week as well..experimenting with some other fruits, i.e. blueberries, add some ginger to the quinoa, toasted coconut, toasted pecans, almonds… I’ve got to get my mind on something else! Thanks for great inspiration!

  4. What a great idea for a healthy breakfast while camping! Since our only daughter graduated college last Spring – I’m trying to talk my husband into getting one of these. I looks so fun to just pick up and go and have your bed with you :) Can’t wait to try this recipe combo!

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