This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl can be made in just 20 minutes and makes a great healthy and gluten-free breakfast with 7 grams of protein per bowl!

A breakfast quinoa bowl topped with bananas and berries with a glass of milk and flowers on the side

Quinoa for breakfast

You might be wondering, “can I eat quinoa for breakfast?” and the answer is YES!

Quinoa makes an amazing breakfast food. It’s similar to oatmeal but is packed with even more protein and minerals. It also has a very neutral taste, so it will take on the flavour of whatever you add to it.

Is quinoa better than oatmeal?

Oatmeal is higher in calories and carbs than quinoa, and lower in fibre and protein. Nutritionally, it can be argued that quinoa is “better” for you, though I personally don’t think one is necessarily better than the other for breakfast as long as you’re getting all the nutrients you need in a day.

So feel free to enjoy a Quinoa Breakfast Bowl some mornings, and some delicious oatmeal with maple fried bananas the next!

How to make this recipe

This recipe is super simple to make! Cook up the quinoa according to package directions and fluff it up with a fork. Then mix it with some coconut milk, maple syrup and cinnamon.

Add your favourite toppings to the quinoa like bananas, raspberries and shredded coconut.

Quinoa in a ceramic bowl with coconut milk bananas and berries in it

Recipe variations:

One thing that is great about a Breakfast Quinoa Bowl is that there are SO many different variations you can make of the recipe. Feel free to play around with it and experiment with different toppings and add-ins.

Topping ideas

  • Any nuts or seeds like crushed walnuts, pecans, almonds to sunflower seeds
  • Nut butters or jams drizzled on top
  • Any fruits! (Peaches, berries, stewed apples and mango are good options)
  • Chocolate chips

Savoury Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

If you’re more of a savoury breakfast person, you can make a savoury quinoa bowl instead of a sweet version. For a savoury version, instead of coconut milk, cinnamon and maple syrup, try adding in some sautéed garlic, sliced avocado and a fried egg. Top it all off with some hot sauce!

Overnight Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

In a rush in the morning? Make some overnight quinoa! To do this mix 1 cup of cooked quinoa with 1/4 cup of your favourite yogurt, 1/4 cup coconut milk (or any milk), maple syrup and coconut. Mix it all together and let it sit in a jar overnight.

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • If you like a mushier porridge texture, you can cook the quinoa in a bit more water. If you like a lighter classic texture, cook the quinoa 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid.
  • Full-fat coconut milk will give you creamier breakfast quinoa, but you can use any type of milk you like.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat on the stove.

More breakfast recipes to try:

a bowl of quinoa topped with banana raspberries and coconut flakes

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Quinoa in a ceramic bowl with coconut milk bananas and berries in it

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Coo
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl is a great alternative to oatmeal for a healthy and delicious breakfast!


Ingredients

Scale

Toppings

  • sliced bananas
  • berries of choice
  • coconut flakes
  • more maple syrup 

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. 
  2. Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff it up with a fork, then add the coconut milk, cinnamon, maple syrup on medium-low heat and mix together until incorporated.
  3. Add some of the breakfast quinoa to a bowl and top with sliced bananas, berries, coconut fakes and more maple syrup if you like.

Notes

If you like a mushier porridge texture, you can cook the quinoa in a bit more water. If you like a lighter classic texture, cook the quinoa 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid.

Full-fat coconut milk will give you creamier breakfast quinoa, but you can use any type of milk you like.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. Reheat on the stove


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 260
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 4.4g
  • Protein: 7g

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