The Recipe ReDux: Pecan Date Breakfast Couscous

Pecan Date Breakfast Couscous - The Recipe ReDux Think about it, why don’t other grains get a place at the breakfast table the way oatmeal does? At least here in America, suggest serving a breakfast of warm brown rice, millet or couscous and you’ll probably get puzzled looks. I’m not knocking oatmeal – I love it too but it’s time to take a page out of many global cuisines and expand our breakfast horizons. So get out of that “oatmeal only” breakfast rut and try experimenting with some different whole grains (besides boxed cereals & granolas) for a new delicious and warming start to the morning.

This Pecan Date Breakfast Couscous is simple to make. Once the water is boiling, the couscous (get whole wheat if you can) takes just 5 minutes to cook, with heat off & lid on. Dates are naturally so sweet, you won’t miss the honey, maple syrup or brown sugar. Pecans add some extra healthy fat and flavor.

This recipe is brought to you by The Recipe ReDux and this month’s theme of “A Whole New Grain.” Check out all the fantastic whole grain recipes below.

Pecan Date Breakfast Couscous {The Recipe ReDux}

Makes 4 servings

Serving Size: About 1 cup


  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. In a large pot, add couscous, milk, water, cinnamon stick and orange zest. Stir once then bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, remove from heat, cover with lid and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in dates and pecans.
  4. Scoop into serving bowls. Serve with pitcher of warm milk, if desired.

Pecan Date Breakfast Couscous - The Recipe ReDux

Besides oatmeal, have you ever eaten hot grains for breakfast?

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  1. Could this be any simpler, yet any more appetizing? Love that you’re channeling your southernwannabe-self with the pecans đŸ˜‰

  2. Oh yum, I love dates and citrus zest. You are so right Deanna I wouldn’t think of couscous for breaky! I have some of the jumbo sized cous cous in my pantry too….Sunday breaky here we come.

  3. Isn’t couscous great for its versatility? So glad to see your recipe, as I’ve been on a pecan kick the last couple weeks. Will definitely try this

  4. Love the cereal Deanna, but I also love that bowl :-) The dates, cinnamon, and orange zest sound fabulous! Since I can’t eat the couscous, I’m thinking this would be fabulous with quinoa too. We do a lot of oatmeal here since my kids love it, but we also do hot polenta on occasion or hot buckwheat cereal. Happy #RecipeReDux!

  5. I think this is a great idea and super fast, too. I love anything with orange zest!! :)

  6. pecan and orange zest is right up my alley… looks delish!

  7. Healthy pecan pie breakfast? Yum!

  8. What a great use of couscous. I really need to branch out more with my breakfast options! Will have to give this a shot!

  9. Would absolutely love to begin my day with a bowl of this! Pecans and couscous! Why didn’t anyone think of it earlier?

  10. I love couscous..and dates! So this is the perfect breakfast.
    I know I have couscous at home right now, so I definitely am going to make this!

  11. Yum. I love the ideal of couscous for breakfast. And since the whole wheat is so easy to find now, it makes perfect sense to use it!

  12. I love this idea. My favorite thing is combining hot cereal with nuts and fruit. Great choice for redux to encourage branching out from oatmeal!

  13. Love the combination of quinoa + nuts and dates! Such a wonderful flavor and so filling!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  14. Yum! Love dates in just about anything sweet or savory. Looks great! Have a great Thanksgiving :)


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