Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

Needing something different for breakfast? This dish is a similar concept to oatmeal but with a different texture. While quinoa is not often found in sweet dishes, this combination proves that it’s very versatile.


Apple Cinnamon Quinoa


Morning Fuel

Avoiding breakfast or grabbing something small is often the norm, but having a filling meal such as this one sets the stage for the day.

Food is your fuel – it makes sense to put plenty of quality fuel in your tank at the start of the day for top performance. A filling breakfast also keeps the appetite in check the rest of the day. Also, every meal is a nutrient opportunity. Skipping a meal means missing out on a chance to flood the body with nutrients. ??


Apple Cinnamon Quinoa



Some perks of this recipe: flaxseed can help control cholesterol and blood pressure, goji berries are packed with antioxidants and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) have an impressive dose of protein, fiber and iron.

When you’re shopping for quinoa you’ll find that it come in multiple colors – white, red and black. Like many things, color = nutrients. So mixing up your quinoa colors can be a better option than always choosing white. Personally, we’re fans of rainbow quinoa (*affiliate link). 

While any non-dairy milk works great in this recipe, we used JOI (*affiliate). We’re a fan of this plant-based milk concentrate because it’s made with just one ingredient. No preservative. No additives. Also – one container makes 27 cups of plant-based milk!




When chopping your apple be sure to leave the skin on. Have you ever noticed how quickly the inside of an apple turns brown after its cut? That’s because there’s not a lot of antioxidants in the flesh – most of the antioxidants are in the peel. This makes sense as the peel is the apple’s first line of defense against the outside world.


Making Apple Cinnamon Quinoa


Looking for other yummy breakfast recipes? Check out our Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal, Creamy & Easy Steel-cut Oats, Lemon Blueberry Oat Pancakes, Weekend Waffles, Spiced Granola, Goji Granola, Dessert-for-Breakfast Chocolate Pancakes, & Scrambled Tofu


Apple Cinnamon Quinoa


We used this sauce-pan (*affiliate link) to make this recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa

Quinoa once again proving its versatility in this sweet and filling whole grain breakfast. Add a variety of toppings for extra nutrients, texture and flavor.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Apple Cinnamon, Quinoa, Whole Grain, Whole Grain Breakfast
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 304kcal


  • medium sauce pan



  • Place water and quinoa in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Add flaxseed, maple syrup, apple and cinnamon. Stir well, cover and let cook for 5-10 minutes, until apple is soft. 
  • Divide into 2 bowls. Top each with 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk and toppings of choice. 


If using leftover (pre-cooked) quinoa, combine it with flax, maple syrup, apple, cinnamon and non-dairy milk in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute, stir and repeat until apple is soft. Finish by adding toppings of choice.
Nutrition information does not include toppings.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 43IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
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2 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Quinoa”

    • Hi Theresa – Thanks for catching that discrepancy. We recently updated the recipe and switched from date paste to maple syrup, simply so we could make it without getting the food processor out (one less thing to clean!) But date paste can absolutely be used in place of maple syrup. That would be a healthier alternative as dates have fiber and maple syrup does not. Hope this clears that up!

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