Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

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This breakfast quinoa recipe is the perfect breakfast for breaking your morning oatmeal rut!

A good quinoa breakfast bowl is a great start to the morning. Quinoa bowls are full of plant-based protein and, if topped with superfoods, are an incredibly nutritious start to the day!

A side view of a white bowl filled with Breakfast Quinoa and topped with syrup and fresh berries.

You could also refer to this as “quinoa porridge” or a breakfast quinoa bowl. But no matter what you call it, it’s delicious, healthy, and totally customizable to your liking!

Is It OK To Eat Quinoa For Breakfast?

Goodness, yes! In fact, I believe it to be the superior breakfast grain. Why? Because quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids. So you are getting complete protein with every bite!

And yes, I called it a grain. Quinoa is normally talked about as if it’s a whole grain. But the truth is, it’s actually a seed. And it’s great for either a sweet breakfast or for savory breakfasts. It’s versatile stuff. Simply make a big batch and eat off of it all week, varying toppings and flavors as you go.

Is It OK To Eat Quinoa Every Day?

Definitely!! As with anything, you’ll want to enjoy it in moderation. But a daily dose of quinoa is never a bad thing! (Unless you’re allergic…)

A side view of a white bowl filled with Breakfast Quinoa. Fresh raspberries and blueberries are visible just over the rim.

Is Oatmeal Or Quinoa Better For You?

Let’s compare! For one cup of each, the data shows this:

  • Oats
    – Calories: 166
    – Carbs: 28 g
    – Fiber: 4 g
    – Protein: 6 g
    – Fat: 3.6 g
  • Quinoa
  • – Calories: 222
    – Carbs: 40 g
    – Fiber: 5.2 g
    – Protein: 8.2 g
    – Fat: 3.6 g

So you can see the two foods offer tradeoffs. But quinoa has an edge, and the secret is in its protein content. While oatmeal has protein as well, it does not contain all nine amino acids to create a whole, plant-based protein. Quinoa does! So if you’re plant-based, quinoa is the way to go.

Can Quinoa Be Eaten Cold?

You betcha! Warm or cold, this delicious grain (actually, it’s really a seed) pairs well with sweet or savory ingredients. It’s quite versatile!

What Is The Ratio Of Water To Quinoa?

It’s a 2:1 ratio. So if you are making 1 cup of dry quinoa, you’ll want 2 cups of water.

An overhead view of a white bowl filled with Breakfast Quinoa and topped with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Why Does Quinoa Taste Bitter?

Quinoa can taste very bitter if not handled properly. Thankfully, there is an easy fix. Rinse your quinoa!! Yep, just put your dry quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse the heck out of it. Even boxes that say “pre-washed” should still be rinsed to ensure you don’t get that bitter taste. Rinse it well, and you’ll have a delicious, non-bitter bowl of quinoa!

If you’d like to learn more about quinoa and all its benefits, check out this video on Youtube here.

What Else Can I Put On Breakfast Quinoa?

All of the following will go well with the flavor of quinoa for breakfast, though not necessarily with this recipe. There are many ways to make quinoa breakfast recipes. You just have to pick what you like best in the combinations you like best, much like you would with oatmeal.

  • Chocolate chips
  • Veggies such as spinach or tomatoes.
  • Avocado
  • Peppers
  • Blueberries or any type of berries
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
An angled view of a white bowl filled with Breakfast Quinoa which is topped with fresh berries.

Dietary Adjustments

Vegan – This recipe is naturally vegan. There are no animal products called for.

Gluten-free – Everything in this recipe is naturally gluten-free. So the only thing you have to watch for is to be sure the vanilla extract and the quinoa are gluten-free when you buy them.

Sugar-Free – You can certainly omit the maple syrup and just use fresh fruit as your sweetener. Other options include monk fruit or other alternative sweeteners if you use them.

About The Ingredients

Quinoa – dry/uncooked. You can also use tri-color quinoa if you prefer that.

Unsweetened almond milk – Or any milk you prefer.

Water – Use good quality, filtered water.

Banana

Ground cinnamon

Pure vanilla extract

Almonds – raw almonds are the best nutritionally. But slivered or sliced almonds taste best.

Maple syrup – To taste. You can also use honey.

How To Make Breakfast Quinoa?

All the ingredients for this Breakfast Quinoa Recipe on a white table.

Gather all the needed ingredients. Measure and prep as needed.

Bananas mashed in the bottom of a pot.

Mash a ripe banana in the bottom of a small saucepan.

Cinnamon, quinoa, and milk added to a pot of mashed banana.

To the pot, add milk and water, vanilla, and cinnamon. Bring to a soft boil and add Quinoa.

Cooked breakfast quinoa sitting in the pot it was cooked in.
A spoon lifts some cooked Breakfast Quinoa our of a pot.

Cook quinoa uncovered, at a simmer, until the water cooks out and you see translucent edges on the individual grains.

A white bowl of Breakfast Quinoa with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Serve topped with maple syrup and almonds.

Storage

Store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing

This will freeze well if you keep the banana out of it. Otherwise, it will turn color in the freezer. This does not mean it went bad. It’s just the normal darkening of the banana. So it’s up to you. But if you do freeze it, pack it well.

Reheating Breakfast Quinoa

Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours if frozen. From there, you can microwave it for 1-2 minutes or add a little extra milk to heat it up in a pot on a stovetop.

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A side view of a white bowl filled with Breakfast Quinoa and topped with syrup and fresh berries.

Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

A delicious breakfast quinoa you'll enjoy when your regular oatmeal gets boring.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 249kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa (dry/uncooked)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup almonds (raw almonds are best)
  • maple syrup to taste

Instructions

  • Gather all the needed ingredients. Measure and prep as needed.
    All the ingredients for this Breakfast Quinoa Recipe on a white table.
  • Mash a ripe banana in the bottom of your pot.
    Bananas mashed in the bottom of a pot.
  • To the pot, add milk and water, vanilla, and cinnamon. Bring to a soft boil and add Quinoa. 
    Cinnamon, quinoa, and milk added to a pot of mashed banana.
  • Cook, uncovered, until the water cooks out and you see translucent edges on the individual grains.
    A spoon lifts some cooked Breakfast Quinoa our of a pot.
  • Serve topped with maple syrup and almonds.
    A white bowl of Breakfast Quinoa with fresh raspberries and blueberries.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2.4mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 4/21/10.

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16 Comments

  1. We absolutely love Quinoa “Spaghetti” at my house, but it never occurred to me to eat Quinoa for breakfast. I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Leslie,

      Looks like we’re in the same boat. I never would have thought to make “Spaghetti” with Quinoa either. I guess we’ll be trying each other’s recipes. lol Thanks for the idea!

  2. This was delicious!! I was looking for a clean recipe with ripe bananas and came upon your website. I am sure I’ll try a lot more of your recipes.

    1. Nikki – Thanks for the feedback! So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Chrystal Nelson says:

    Mmm… just trying this now and it is so good! I added a couple of tablespoons of almond butter and used maple flakes instead of the agave – so yummy! This might just become a staple – we’ll have to see how it reheats as I will probably take it to work for one of my snacks 🙂

    1. Chrystal – That’s great! So happy you’re enjoying it! Should be good as a snack!

  4. I live off your website, I absolutely love everything I have tried! Yesterday I made the nut crusted chicken and irish soda bread, with the ginger tea, This morning I made this quinoa dish and it is phenomenal as I have come to expect!

    1. Tiffany – Thanks so much! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Lance – Hope you enjoy it!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    Sarah – OOOOohhh!!! I might have to try that! Thanks!

  7. Jennifer Norton says:

    Do you think 57g of carbohydrates is too much?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Jennifer – Depends on what you eat the rest of the day.

  8. WOW!! this is amazing! I used unsweetened almond milk and liquid vanilla stevia instead of milk and vanilla extract and omitted the honey and almonds and I love this. Thanks so much for sharing. I now used your site for most of my cooking!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Nikki – Thanks so much! I’m flattered!

  9. Why distiller water? Can I use regular tap water instead?