Quinoa Apple Breakfast Bowl

4.34 from 3 votes

Start your day off with warm fall flavors in this quinoa breakfast bowl.

This quinoa apple breakfast bowl is a plant-based recipe that will warm you up and fill your belly on those cold, winter mornings.

In case you needed any extra proof that quinoa is an all-powerful substance, now you can eat it for breakfast. This quinoa apple breakfast bowl is a warm and flavorful way to start the day, and fresh quinoa helps your morning soar to superfood levels. With warm and toasty fall flavors, this breakfast bowl is like a fresh bowl of oatmeal, but even better, because it’s quinoa.

Clean ingredients meet everyone’s favorite superfood in this healthy, delicious breakfast bowl. Filling and energizing, this tasty breakfast will get you ready for the day, keeping you full till lunch without making you feel heavy and weighed down.

The Healthiest Way To Start The Day

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that’s very subjective advice. Its importance has much less to do with the meal itself, and everything to do with what you’re actually putting in your body.

Personally, I sometimes shy away from breakfast. I’ve gone through pretty long phases as a “just coffee” person because I’m honestly just not always ready to eat in the morning. I don’t like feeling really full really early. Eating breakfast first thing in the AM can sometimes end up making me feel heavy and sluggish, which is the opposite of what I’m looking for in my morning pick-me-up.

For this reason, it’s crucial that I find breakfast options that are both light and nutritious. I don’t want to go hungry, but I also don’t want to be left feeling overly full. I need a healthy breakfast that’s just enough to sate me. The key is finding breakfast food that’s good for digestion and works with my body naturally.

Superfood-based breakfasts like this maple apple nut breakfast bowl really help get my body moving, inside and out. This warm quinoa breakfast bowl jumpstarts your metabolism, waking up your system and getting your body ready to go. Basically, this high-protein breakfast gives both you and your body the gentle wakeup call you need in the morning.

Fall Flavors Make The Meal

Yes, pumpkin may be a bit of a show-stealer this time of year, but maple and apple are also two delicious fall flavors you won’t want to overlook. Fresh apple (we use Granny Smith, but it’s up to you) and pure maple syrup make this a clean, healthy breakfast perfect for crisp fall mornings. Meanwhile, rich, fragrant cinnamon and toasted walnuts finish off this dish with an extra hint of warm, cozy flavors.

This delicious breakfast is easy to make and can also be poured into a thermos and brought along to work for a hot meal on the go. Whether you enjoy this superfood breakfast curled up on the couch with your Saturday morning coffee or ready to crush it at your desk in the office, let the rich flavors and protein-packed ingredients of this healthy breakfast kick your day off to the best possible start.

4.34 from 3 votes

Quinoa Apple Breakfast Bowl

With warm fall flavors, this healthy breakfast bowl is a delicious way to start your day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 2 people
Serving Size 1.5 cups
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup quinoa uncooked, rinsed
  • 1 apple any variety but we recommend granny smith, cored and chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup apple juice no sugar added
  • 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped and lightly toasted


  • Heat a saucepot on medium-low heat. Add the quinoa and apples. Cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add the water and apple juice and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup and cinnamon. Sprinkle with walnuts. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 18g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Plant-Based, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Chef Nichole

Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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  1. How can 18g sugar in a breakfast bowl be healthy? I’m a diabetic on insulin and metformin. Any alternative to the sugar and the maple syrup please?

    1. Hi Lisa, you can remove the maple syrup if desired. However, there will still be a large amount of sugar from the other ingredients. We have other breakfast bowl recipes on our site that might better fit your personal needs.

    1. Hi Kara, yes you can use water instead of apple juice. I would not recommend using a rice cooker for this recipe.

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