Breakfast Quinoa Bowls with Vanilla and Cinnamon

Quinoa is not just for dinner - try it for breakfast with these hearty, nutritious breakfast quinoa bowls, swirled with vanilla, cinnamon, and creamy milk.
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author breakfast for dinner


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk (can use almond/cashew/coconut milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (increase to 1 tablespoon for more sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Measure out quinoa and put into a fine-mesh strainer. Rinse under tap water for a few minutes, tossing and swirling the quinoa with your hand. (Rinsing the quinoa prevents it from tasting bitter.) Drain completely.
  2. Add rinsed quinoa to a small saucepan, then add water, milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Turn on heat to medium-high, and bring quinoa to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cover the saucepan. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Portion into bowls and add a splash more milk, additional maple syrup, sliced banana, pecans, or any of your favourite fruits or nuts.

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields approximately 2-3 portions. To serve 4-5, just double the recipe.