Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

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Breakfast quinoa is the perfect, plant-based breakfast with plenty of protein! That’s right, all 9 amino acids!

Quinoa is marvelous stuff, but it doesn’t have to live solely on your dinner table. It makes a wonderful breakfast too!

A bowl sits filled with breakfast quinoa and has blueberries and peach slices on it. A bit of milk is being poured on from a white pitcher.
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Breakfast has always been a tough meal for me. I have to remind myself not to skip it because I’m always rushing in the morning, like many of you. But the truth is, if you want to get your day off to a good start, a good, healthy breakfast is important! It starts you off on the right foot.

However, everyone’s body has different needs. For example, I can no longer tolerate dairy, while others may thrive on it. I need a lower carb diet to feel good, while others may do far better with a higher carb, vegan, or even raw eating plan. And the truth is, if you’ve been paying any attention at all to your body, you probably know at least some of the things it needs. So go with that! But never, never, never, let yourself skip breakfast. Many say it’s the most important meal of the day, and I tend to agree. (unless you are fasting, but that’s a whole other blog post!)

You have to get that metabolism fired up first thing in the morning. You can’t expect a wood-burning stove to keep you warm if you don’t put wood in it and light the fire. It’s the same thing with our metabolism. So please, eat breakfast!! And while you’re planning what to have for breakfast, try adding this warm cereal recipe to the list. It’s a hearty and nutritious way to start your morning. Add a hard-boiled egg and maybe even a veggie or two (not to the cereal, obviously) and you have a very balanced start to your day!


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A bowl sits filled with breakfast quinoa and has blueberries and peach slices on it. A bit of milk is being poured on from a white pitcher.

Breakfast Quinoa

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 medium peaches (sliced)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • maple syrup to taste


  • Cook quinoa according to package directions, adding in the vanilla extract with the water.
  • Once cooked, divide between four breakfast bowls.
  • Pour 1/2 a cup of milk over each bowl of quinoa.
  • Top with blueberries and peaches.
  • Drizzle each bowl of quinoa with maple syrup to your liking.


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


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 174mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Janet Grimes says:

    I,m always looking for more Quinoa recipes. Thanks for the breakfast
    recipe. Looking forward to my next bkfts

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janet – I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Chelsea @ Delipsch says:

    I am a big fan of a delicious and nutritious breakfast every morning. Thanks for posting this, it will definitely be a great new option for me…I am an oatmeal girl, but will love getting a little extra protein from quinoa. Thanks, Cheers!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chelsea – My pleasure! Enjoy!

  3. This sounds like a great breakfast idea! Do u think it could be made in the same manner as overnight oats are? I don’t have much time to cook anything in the morning and I rely mostly on overnight oats and smoothies for breakfast.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – I think you could probably cook the quinoa the night before, but I’m not sure how it would work as an overnight recipe. Quinoa doesn’t absorb the way oats do.

  4. I’m new to clean eating. I can not eat dairy. Is rice milk considered clean eating?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kanika – I haven’t found one yet that is clean. But if you make it yourself, sure. That being said, I used to make the exception for almond milk since I don’t do dairy either. I figured if that was the worst thing in my eating plan, I was doing pretty good.

  5. This sounds and looks tasty and filling. This makes four servings, does it make for good leftovers? I know I would be the only one to eat this. Thank you.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emily – If you are really worried about it, I would just cut the recipe in half. Otherwise, Keep the quinoa separate and add the berries when you are ready to eat. The quinoa by itself will keep for a few days.

  6. I love quinoa especially for breakfast.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – Ya, it’s really tasty!

  7. This was so good. I’ve been eating it almost daily for breakfast. I added banana as well. I found I prefer honey of maple syrup with it. I make just enough for one big bowl and share it with my 14 month old. She loves it too!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Brittney – I’m so glad you are both enjoying it! 😀

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