Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Craving Quinoa for Breakfast

Vanilla Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

I saw this recipe on Skinny Taste at the end of last fall and I was a bit skeptical. Quinoa, at least red quinoa, has that bitter taste to it. I wasn’t sure how it would perform as a breakfast dish. I think we can all agree I’ve explored the oatmeal and steel-cut oats options quite thoroughly, so I thought why not give it a try? Plus, it’s a different gluten-free breakfast option. Cutting the quinoa directly in almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon and agave could the quinoa a different twist from its bitter profile. Add fresh fruit and bam! The Vanilla Quinoa Breakfast Bowls were born.

Ingredients (serves 2).

  • 1/3 c quinoa, dry
  • 2/3 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk plus extra (optional) or milk of choice
  • 1/8 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • 1 t agave nectar or sweetener of choice to taste
  • Berries to top


  1. Cook the quinoa in the almond milk along with the cinnamon, vanilla and agave. Stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 min. or until milk cooks off, still stirring on and off. Be careful not to burn!
  2. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Divide evenly between two bowls.
  3. Top with fresh berries, like strawberries, blueberries and pomegranate seeds (how to easily remove the seeds here). If you want a thinner consistency, add extra warmed almond milk.
  4. Serve hot (or cold) and enjoy!

Adapted from Skinny Taste‘s “Summer Breakfast Quinoa Bowls.”

Vanilla Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Vanilla Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

4 thoughts on “Craving Quinoa for Breakfast”

  1. This looks so light and refreshing! I’ve been leery of sweet uses of quinoa, too, but I love that you cooked the quinoa in the almond milk with the other flavorings…I bet that makes it more creamy and less quinoa-y. :)

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    1. That’s what I thought too! Maybe it’s because white quinoa seems to be less bitter and less “crunchy” than red or black. It reminded me a chia pudding with the consistency, but I really liked it! It was just something different :)

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