Why this Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe is a Winner

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Why this Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe is a Winner

Mornings can be hectic, especially if you’re trying to fit in a workout before work. Sometimes, it seems like skipping breakfast is the only option. But we all know it’s the most important meal of the day! Kick-starting your metabolism with a healthy breakfast is the best way to lose weight (and keep it off). That means you need a few quick and easy breakfast recipes to keep up with your busy morning. This Easy Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe is ideal for days when you’re in a big hurry!

Give yourself a boost of energy and set yourself up for success with a hearty bowl of oatmeal and quinoa. Like many recipes, this one can be tweaked to fit your taste buds, so don’t fret if you don’t like walnuts or don’t have any blueberries on hand! We’ll tell you about our favorite additions to this easy oatmeal bowl in a minute, but first, we want to give you a few tips to make this breakfast as quickly as possible.

Tips for Making this Easy Oatmeal Recipe On-The-Go

Why this Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe is a Winner

Even though you can make this recipe in only 8 minutes, we know there are mornings where you don’t even have 10 minutes to spare! So we wanted to give you some advice to make this easy oatmeal recipe even more quickly.

I love making enough quinoa to last an entire week (which is easy because one cup of uncooked quinoa creates three cooked cups). Typically, I’ll cook up 1 cup dry quinoa with 2 cups water on the weekend while I’m meal prepping. Then, I allow it to cool before storing it in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Quinoa is fantastic in oatmeal, on salads, or all by itself! When I have cooked quinoa on hand, it’s that much easier to make breakfast on-the-fly. I also use it as a base for my lunch power bowls along with a few roasted vegetables, and I’ve even been known to add a handful into my vegetarian chili for dinner. It’s a great way to amp-up the plant-based protein in any dish.

You can also save extra time by preparing the oats, water, and almond milk in advance. Simply place them in a pot, cover it with a lid, and store it in the fridge. In the morning, you can pull it out and cook it on the stovetop. It might only save you a few minutes, but if that means you get a few extra minutes of sleep it’s so worth it!

Additions to the Base Recipe

Why this Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe is a Winner

This is recipe is super creamy and filling on its own without adding anything, but sometimes we like to switch things up a bit. There’s no need to add any sugar, maple syrup, or honey. The ripe banana gives this bowl just the right amount of sweetness! But, if you want to have some fun with the recipe, here are some of my favorite additions to the base recipe:

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter
  • 1/4 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Play around with the ingredients and let us know your favorites in the comments below! We can’t wait for you to try this incredible Easy Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe, just be warned: you’ll be hooked after the first bite!

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Why this Oatmeal & Quinoa Recipe is a Winner

This creamy oatmeal makes for a filling breakfast to kickstart your day. Add toppings or dig in as-is for a nutritious meal.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Yield 2
Serving Size 2 cups
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


Base recipe:

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa


  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 very ripe banana large
  • 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds optional flax meal
  • 1/4 cup diced walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Add oats, water, and almond milk to a pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook on a low boil for 5 minutes.
  • Thoroughly mash banana with a fork.
  • Add remaining ingredients, stir and cover. Allow to set 2 minutes then serve. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 38IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 3mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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  1. This recipe looks good; I’ve never thought about combining oats with quinoa before. Thank you. But you might want to rethink the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” advice, because that was a phrase invented in the 19th century as a way to sell breakfast cereal. There have been some research studies that showed breakfast can be part of a healthy diet, but a study published in the peer-reviewed BMJ medical journal last year found there is no good evidence to support the idea that breakfast is any more important than other meals. In fact, the findings showed that daily calorie intake was higher in people who ate breakfast and that skipping the morning meal does not cause greater appetite later in the day.

    1. Hi Nova, thanks for your input! Even with the new evidence breakfast and still set the tone to your day – health and calorie benefits aside. It’s all in the eye of the beholder!

  2. Do you add the cooked Quinoa after the oatmeal is cooked? I’m puzzled because the cooked Quinoa is listed with the ingredients and not with the additions. Thanks for the help. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

    1. Hi Mary, the last step of the instructions is to add remaining ingredients, this would include the quinoa.

  3. I was wondering if the serving size fore one person is 2 cups? also if the additions are apart of the nutrition information

    1. Ashley, This recipe makes 2 servings, so 1 cup per serving. The nutritional info reflects data for each serving.

  4. Are sweetened dried cranberries a good substitute for the blueberries (nutritionally). I usually add those cranberries along with walnuts to my oatmeal – with a “healthy portion” of cinnamon

  5. Delicious! I am not a Fan of banana so I added raisins and toasted pecans and was delicious! Love addition of quinoa to my oatmeal!

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