Healthy Quinoa Breakfast Cereal Recipe & Video

How to cook quinoa in a delicious healthy vegan breakfast recipe

Quinoa For Breakfast

Simple quinoa breakfast cereal recipe: cooked quinoa, simmered with non-dairy or dairy milk, dried fruit, nuts or seeds, optional sweetener.

Crockpot friendly! (see recipe tips)

Want to know how to cook quinoa for breakfast?

Start with our basic quinoa recipe. Use some to make your quinoa breakfast cereal, and save the rest to eat with Tofu Bok Choy Stir Fry!

Total Prep and Cook Time: 20 Minutes

2 Servings

Nutrition Data Per Serving, 124g: 263 calories, 42g carb, 7g fat, 125mg sodium, 4g fiber, 9g protein, low Saturated Fat & Cholesterol, good source of Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 23


  • 1 cup or so cooked quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 Tbsp chopped dried apricots or other dried fruit: cranberries, currants, blueberries, chopped figs or dates as you like
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup almond, hemp or soy milk, flavored or plain unsweetened. Add more as needed. Use dairy milk if you prefer.
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp maple syrup, brown rice syrup or other sweetener
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a two quart saucepan
  2. Heat on medium-low, stirring, until the quinoa has soaked up the liquid, and the dried fruit has plumped up nicely
  3. Add more milk if needed until the consistency pleases you
  4. That's it. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips:

This simple quinoa breakfast cereal will serve two people, or one who's very hungry. Double the recipe for 2 very hungry people, or save some for tomorrow.

Make this in a crockpot if you like but start with 1/3 cup raw rinsed quinoa and add 2/3 cup water to the mix. Cook on low for 8 hours.

If you don't have cooked quinoa, but want to eat this quinoa breakfast recipe NOW, just cook everything along with the raw quinoa. Use 1/3 cup raw quinoa, and add the other ingredients along with 2/3 cup water. Make extra so you can eat quinoa for breakfast again tommorrow!

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Recipe Comments:

"Mmm... this sounds perfect this morning. I don't have already cooked quinoa or soaked seeds so thinking maybe i will cook up seeds with the quinoa?" - Amy S. G.

"Yeah, that works! You can cook the whole works with the quinoa. Add the non-dairy milk in addition to the cooking water. Have the leftover cereal for breakfast tomorrow!" - Savvy Veg

"Yup... just finished eating it... yummmm! :)" Amy S. G.

Question: While I was in Peru, I fell ill and the hotel made me some quinoa for breakfast. It was the consistency of cream of wheat, and it was called Quinua Avena. In the box it was flakey but when cooked it was very delicious and helped my stomach.

I have raw quinoa and have tried various recipes for breakfast, but none are the same. Do you have a similar recipe for this or know where i can buy this product? Thank you - Larry R.

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Answer: How nice of your hotel hosts to make you a special invalid breakfast!

I've seen quinoa flakes in stores, Ancient Harvest brand, which you can buy at Nuts Online. I think that if you ground regular quinoa in a spice grinder or blender, you'd get a powder that might pass for what you ate in Peru when cooked.

I'll bet the recipe above would work well with quinoa flakes or ground up dry quinoa instead of cooked. As with cream of wheat, you'd have to stir constantly, and it would take less time to cook - Judith K., Savvy Veg

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