This healthy breakfast quinoa recipe is a great way to use up leftover quinoa. Simply heat cooked quinoa with your favourite plant-based milk, top with fruit and nuts or seeds and you’ve got a delicious bowl of hot quinoa porridge in minutes. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, oil-free and has no added sugar-free.

5-minute breakfast quinoa in a white bowl topped with berries, banana, hemp seeds and almond butter.

Quinoa Porridge 2 Ways

There are 2 different ways you can make quinoa for breakfast. I like the 5-minute version since I usually cook a batch of quinoa for food prep to use in different ways using the week. I keep the quinoa plain for cooking so I can use it for both hot quinoa porridge and in salads and bowls.

Option 1: 5-Minute Breakfast Quinoa

This is how I usually make breakfast quinoa. To make it in just a few minutes, just add your desired amount of cooked quinoa to a small saucepan and heat with milk and if desired, sweetener and any add-ins you might want.

Benefits of 5-minute breakfast quinoa:

  • super easy
  • ready in 5 minutes
  • you can make a single serving
  • customize it every time
  • use this method with any cooked whole grains
Cooked quinoa with cinnamon and almond milk in a small saucepan with a wooden spoon.
Cooked quinoa with a wooden spoon in a small saucepan.
White bowl filled with quinoa topped with strawberries, blueberries and banana.

Option 2: Cooking Breakfast Quinoa

The second option for making breakfast quinoa is to cook a larger batch of quinoa specifically as breakfast quinoa. To use this method to make 4 servings, bring 1 cup of water, 1 cup of almond milk (you can also use all milk, or all water) to a boil in a saucepan, add 1 cup of rinsed uncooked quinoa and any desired sweetener or add-ins, reduce to a simmer and cook until the quinoa has thickened and absorbed all the liquid.

I do find if you cook the quinoa as breakfast quinoa you can add more flavour during cooking by adding vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup as it cooks, rather than adding them after the fact.

Like I said though, I usually do the 5-minute method since if I cook quinoa specifically as breakfast quinoa and have leftovers, I typically re-heat it anyways. So I might as well just use leftover cooked quinoa and just heat as needed with milk and toppings.

Of course, you could just eat it cold in which case, just cook up a big batch of breakfast quinoa, store in the fridge and you’re good to go. I do eat it cold sometimes, I actually don’t mind it, especially during the warmer months. You can just drizzle a little almond milk over it and add some toppings and it still tastes great.

Hot breakfast quinoa in a white bowl with berries, almond butter and banana.

Customize Your Breakfast Quinoa

I topped my 5-minute breakfast quinoa with sliced banana, blueberries, strawberries, almond butter and hemp seeds. You can either add these as toppings or just toss them all into the saucepan if you prefer them mixed in, both taste great. Adding mashed or diced banana or another fruit as it heats is good way to add bit of natural sweetness if you want to go that route.

Best Toppings

Easy breakfast quinoa in a white bowl with hemp seeds, almond butter, berries and banana.

How to Sweeten Breakfast Quinoa

I don’t usually sweeten my breakfast quinoa as I find the toppings and cinnamon add enough sweetness. However, sometimes a little extra sweetness is nice. To naturally sweeten your breakfast quinoa I would recommend:

  • maple syrup
  • coconut sugar
  • ripe mashed banana
  • raw unprocessed honey (not vegan though)
  • date paste (blend a couple of fresh, soft dates with hot water)
  • raw organic sugar (or any variation such as turbinado, msucavado, sucanut etc.)
  • stevia
  • blackstrap molasses

I would recommend starting with 1-2 tsp of sweetener and adding more to taste if needed. If you’re using mashed banana, 1/2 a mashed ripe banana works well and if you’re using dates, 2 large medjool dates or 3-4 small dates soaked in then blended with 1/4 cup of hot water should do the trick.

Why Quinoa?

As I talked about in my guide to whole grains, quinoa is one of the healthiest grains you can keep in your pantry. Quinoa is one of the highest-protein grains and it provides a range of essential vitamins and minerals such as magneisum, folate, manganese, iron, zinc and phosphorus.

Quinoa is also high in fibre, which we’ve talked the important of in my posts on an anti-inflammatory diet, gut health and hunger.

So, when you feel like you need a change from oatmeal but still want something warm, hearty and nourishing, breakfast quinoa is the way to go. In fact, you can use this recipe to make 5-minute breakfast cereal with any leftover whole grain. Farro, brown rice, bulgur, millet, barley, you name it! You can check out my post with 5 ways to make Healthy Whole Grain Porridge for some ideas.

Quinoa porridge with berries, banana, hemp seeds and almond butter.

5-Minute Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

Alright, let’s get into this simple and healthy but delicious breakfast. So, you’ve got some cooked quinoa. Great, you’re good to go! Add it to a sauce pan, drizzle it with some milk, heat it through, scoop it into a bowl, top with yummy additions and enjoy!

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5-minute breakfast quinoa in a white bowl topped with berries, banana, hemp seeds and almond butter.

5-Minute Breakfast Quinoa

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free

This simple quinoa breakfast bowl makes a great alternative to oatmeal and way to use up leftover quinoa. Top with your choice of fruit and enjoy!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Toppings

  • 1/2 a sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries or other fruit of choice
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) nuts or seeds (try walnuts, almonds, pecans or hemp seeds)

Instructions

  1. Add the cooked quinoa and almond milk to a small sauce pan (plus the vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup if using) and stir over medium heat until heated through. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon, if using.
  2. Scoop into a bowl and top with the banana, walnuts and almond butter then drizzle with the maple syrup.

Keywords: quinoa porridge, quinoa oatmeal, easy, healthy, plant-based