Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

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Most of us wouldn’t think to use quinoa in the morning, but this recipe for cinnamon apple breakfast quinoa is a great way to switch up your typical oatmeal routine! By cooking the quinoa in naturally sweet almond milk, the grain takes on a rich and creamy texture. Pair this with the sweet crunch of a freshly diced apple, and you have a winning breakfast combination!

This healthy quinoa dish is a very hands-off meal, making it super easy to prepare! Who doesn’t love a no-fuss breakfast on a hectic morning?

Also, try some of these other delicious, yet nutritious breakfast recipes from SkinnyMs.

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

Rich and creamy with the crunch of fresh fruit, this breakfast dish will be a whole new experience in the morning.
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Quick and Easy
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 127kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup quinoa uncooked, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup apple diced


  • In a saucepan, bring water, almond, milk, vanilla, coconut sugar, and cinnamon to a boil. Add the quinoa, and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook the quinoa on medium-low heat for 15 minutes (or until liquid has been absorbed)
  • Fluff quinoa with a fork and gently stir in diced apples.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 32mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4

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12 Comments on "Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa"

  1. Gaynell  October 25, 2013

    can regular 2% milk be used instead? I am thinking yes but wanted to make sure.

  2. Shannon  September 22, 2014

    When do you put the apple in?

    • Shannon  September 22, 2014

      Nevermind! Just saw my own question answered! ha!

  3. Whit  March 20, 2015

    Could you add a scoop of protein powder to increase the protein?

    • SkinnyMs  March 21, 2015

      Whit, Yes you can add protein powder.

  4. Sharri Holland  February 3, 2017

    Love this easy idea thank you

    • Nichole Furlong  February 4, 2017

      You’re very welcome, Sharri!

  5. Marie  February 11, 2018

    Are you combing the sugar and vanilla to the diced apples? Directions do not specify what you do with these ingredients.

    • Gale Compton  February 12, 2018

      Marie, I’ve updated the recipe. Yes, add the sugar (I changed to coconut sugar) along with the cinnamon. You could also use honey, raw sugar, date sugar, or other unrefined sugar. 🙂

  6. Diane  June 5, 2018

    Where does the fat listed in the nutritionals come from? 11 grams of fat?
    None of the ingredients contain much fat.

    • Nichole Furlong  June 10, 2018

      Hi Diane!

      I just took a look at the nutritional information and you are correct! I’ve gone back and adjusted the info. Thanks!


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