Breakfast Couscous

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4.67 from 3 votes
Breakfast Couscous is a delightful and different spin on traditional oatmeal. It is rich in protein and fiber so it fills you up and keeps you ready to power through your day.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
A white bowl of Breakfast Couscous.

Breakfast Couscous is a delightful and different spin on traditional oatmeal. It is rich in protein and fiber so it fills you up and keeps you ready to power through your day.

A white bowl of Breakfast Couscous.

This Breakfast couscous recipe is very similar to oatmeal.  It has a wonderful texture and excellent flavor.  Plus, it’s so versatile. You can add any mix-ins that you prefer (or none at all if that’s your thing).  And, if you have any leftover, it’s just as good the next day, reheated in the microwave.

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What We Love About This Couscous for Breakfast Recipe

  • 20 Minute Meal: Prep in 5 minutes and cooks in 15 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone can use their own toppings to make this morning breakfast special.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, low-calorie or dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Great for make ahead meals.
A spoon of the breakfast cereal.

Ingredient Notes for the Easy Breakfast Recipe

  • Milk: Use whole milk or any variable that you wish even use a dairy free alternative like coconut milk or almond milk.
  • Couscous: A uncooked couscous. Israeli couscous or any other variety.
  • Dried Cranberries: This adds a tart flavor to the dish.
  • Raisins: This healthy breakfast can be made with any fresh fruit that you like.
  • Walnuts: a delicious crunch is added with these chopped walnuts.
  • Brown Sugar: Add light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.
  • Ground Cinnamon: The hint of spice is delightful to the sweet couscous breakfast.
Milk, cinnamon, nuts, couscous.

Equipment Needed for Best Couscous Recipe

How to Make Easy Breakfast Recipes

These are the basic steps for making Breakfast Couscous. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutritional information.

Cooking the couscous and adding the toppings.

STEP 1: MIX

First, bring some milk to boil in a small saucepan. Stir the remaining ingredients into the couscous mixture. Then remove from the heat.

STEP 2: Let Stand

Next, cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Mixture will thicken as it cools.

Topping the breakfast couscous.

Prep and Storage Tips for Basic Couscous Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Truly, this recipe is wonderful to make for meal preparation. It can be made up to four days in advance and kept in the fridge.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Simply store in an airtight container or covered well with plastic wrap.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze the healthy breakfast recipe for up to three months, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. The breakfast couscous can be eaten cold or microwave until it is warm.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

The breakfast couscous recipe can be reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Breakfast Couscous Bowl

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Really it is easy to make this recipe healthier, use a whole grains couscous. Try a calorie free sugar and brown sugar.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE SYRUP FOR THE SUGAR?

Of course, pure maple syrup or agave syrup can make a great replacement.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, adjust the recipe card below to half the recipe or double for more.

A spoonful of breakfast couscous.

Expert Tips for Making This Breakfast Couscous Recipe

  • Add Extract: Try a little vanilla extract or almond extracts to this recipe.
  • Lunch: Not just for breakfast this recipe is great for lunch time too.
  • Variation tip: Fresh berries are a nice addition to this breakfast couscous.
  • Alternate ingredient: Replace the ground cinnamon with a cinnamon stick.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make this couscous recipe in the instant pot or the crock pot.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Whole wheat couscous can also be a great addition to this recipe.

What to Serve with Breakfast Couscous

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A white bowl of Breakfast Couscous.
4.67 from 3 votes

Breakfast Couscous

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Breakfast Couscous is a delightful and different spin on traditional oatmeal. It is rich in protein and fiber so it fills you up and keeps you ready to power through your day.
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4  cups   milk
  • 1/2  cup   uncooked couscous
  • 1/4  cup   dried cranberries
  • 1/4  cup   raisins
  • 1/4  cup   chopped walnuts
  • tablespoons   brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon   ground cinnamon
  • 1/8  teaspoon   salt

Instructions

  • Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Remove from heat; Cover.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Mixture will thicken as it cools.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Extract: Try a little vanilla extract or almond extracts to this recipe.
  • Lunch: Not just for breakfast this recipe is great for lunch time too.
  • Variation tip: Fresh berries are a nice addition to this breakfast couscous.
  • Alternate ingredient: Replace the ground cinnamon with a cinnamon stick.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Make this couscous recipe in the instant pot or the crock pot.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Whole wheat couscous can also be a great addition to this recipe.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, easy recipe

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36 thoughts on “Breakfast Couscous”

  1. We are big quinoa fans here at the estate. I’ve been looking into soaking it with ACV or lemon juice the night before. Know anything about it?

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week…

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  2. i could just see serving this for a special sunday brunch with friends…such a great idea! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

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  3. This sounds really good. I’m on the hunt for good breakfast recipes too. Thanks for linking this one at Make a Food-“e”-Friend Monday. It sounds like one I’d really like to try!

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