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10 Delicious Quinoa Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

A white casserole dish of baked quinoa topped with sliced strawberries.

Looking for a nutritious yet delicious way to start your day? Here are ten simple breakfast quinoa recipes to make this plant-based complete protein your new favorite breakfast cereal.

The information provided on this site is based on my personal experience living with alpha-gal syndrome. I consistently cite and link to expert sources, but nothing published on this site should be perceived as medical advice.

Alpha-gal sensitivities vary by person. You should understand your dietary restrictions, making any adjustments needed, and directing any questions to your physician.

Often referred to as a “superfood,” quinoa is a unique grain that is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids that the human body cannot produce on its own. As a result, it’s a fantastic protein for alpha gals as well as vegans and vegetarians. On top of that, quinoa is high in fiber (which helps you feel full longer), contains antioxidants (which help fight heart disease and cancer), and is full of essential minerals (like iron, zinc, manganese, and magnesium). 

So when you incorporate quinoa into your breakfast dishes – often as an alternative to oatmeal – it’s a smart way to start the day with a filling, nutrient-dense meal. Its high protein content helps muscle repair and growth while its complex carbohydrates provide sustained energy. And even better, quinoa’s mild and nutty flavor makes it a versatile ingredient that can create both sweet and savory breakfast options.

    

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A white bowl of quinoa and a white bowl of oatmeal side-by-side on a wooden table.
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Quinoa vs. Oatmeal

When choosing a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, both quinoa and oatmeal are popular choices. But how does a bowl of oatmeal stack up against a bowl of quinoa? Let’s take a closer look at these healthy grains.

Oatmeal vs quinoa infographic that compares the nutritional details of the two ingredients.

Protein

Your body needs between 45 and 135 grams of protein a day based on your weight, age, and activity level. While both quinoa and oatmeal are plant-based protein sources, quinoa is the only complete protein and contains about 30% more protein than oatmeal.

Chart of recommended daily protein intake

Fiber

According to Mayo Clinic, women need 21 to 25 grams of fiber daily, while men need 30 to 38 grams. Although quinoa has slightly more fiber per serving than oatmeal, a one-cup serving of either grain will easily help you reach 10 to 20 percent of your daily recommended amount.

Vitamins and Minerals

Both quinoa and oatmeal contain several vital nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. But quinoa packs more of each into every bite.

Gluten-Free Options

If you’re an alpha gal who follows a gluten-free diet, you may know that both quinoa and oatmeal are naturally gluten free and excellent options for people with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. However, oatmeal can be contaminated with gluten during processing, so be sure to look for certified gluten-free oats if you have a gluten sensitivity.

Taste and Texture

Both of these delicious breakfast cereals are quite versatile. With its mild, nutty flavor, quinoa has a unique texture that’s slightly crunchy yet fluffy. It can easily be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Oatmeal has a softer, creamier texture. While you can certainly use it in savory breakfast recipes, its mild flavor works best with toppings like fruits, nuts, and spices.

Cooking Time

Depending on the type of oats you use, oatmeal may be a faster option. Quick oats typically take about five minutes to prepare, while steel-cut oats can take as long as 30 minutes. Quinoa generally takes about 15-20 minutes to cook.

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Uncooked quinoa in a glass jar with a wooden spoon.
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How to Cook Quinoa

Cooking quinoa is simple and straightforward, but following a few key steps will ensure that you create the perfect pot of fluffy quinoa every time.

1. Measure and Rinse

  • Measure the quinoa. The standard ratio is 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid, but this can vary depending on the brand, your cooking method, and your desired texture. For example, I use 1 part uncooked quinoa to 1.5 parts liquid when I make quinoa in the pressure cooker.
  • Rinse the quinoa. If you’re using a brand of quinoa that isn’t already rinsed, this step is very important. Quinoa has a natural coating called saponin that can give it a bitter taste. To remove the saponin, rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water.

2. Choose Your Liquid

  • Water. Like oatmeal, quinoa is most commonly cooked in plain water, but you do have other options.
  • Milk. You can also cook quinoa with milk for an extra creamy texture. If you are an alpha gal who consumes dairy products, you can use skim, 2%, or whole milk. Or, if you prefer plant-based milk, just about any variety works well. Almond milk and coconut milk are two of my favorites when making quinoa for breakfast.  
  • Broth or Stock. For more flavor, you can also substitute vegetable broth or chicken stock.

3. Cook the Quinoa

  • Combine. In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa with your desired liquid.
  • Season. Add a pinch of salt or other seasonings, if desired.
  • Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  • Simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and let the quinoa simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.

Sage Advice: You can also cook quinoa in a rice cooker, an Instant Pot, or a Crockpot or slow cooker.

4. Fluff and Serve

  • Rest. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it rest, covered, for about five minutes. This allows the quinoa to steam and become fluffier.
  • Fluff. Use a fork to fluff the quinoa, gently separating the grains.
  • Serve. Serve the quinoa warm.

Sage Advice: Leftover quinoa can last up to a week in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator. To cut down on prep time, I like to make a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week. Then it’s easy for me to make quick meals like salads and grain bowls for lunch or dinner.

Best Quinoa Breakfast Recipes for Alpha Gals

Looking for creative ways to incorporate more quinoa into your diet? From quinoa breakfast bowls to quinoa quiche cups, the possibilities are endless. Embrace the power of quinoa with these delightful alpha-gal friendly quinoa breakfast recipes.

NOTE: Because the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that most people with alpha-gal can tolerate “moderate, lean dairy,” some of the recipes below may include butter, cheese, or another dairy product. If you are an alpha gal who avoids dairy, please make a dairy-free substitution. From vegan butter to plant milk cheeses, Miyoko’s is one of my favorite brands. And, even if you can tolerate dairy, I recommend that alpha gals stick with vegetarian cheese.

Four bowls of quinoa oatmeal with toppings and spoons.
Photo Credit: Flavor the Moments

1. Quinoa Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Made with creamy quinoa and steel-cut oatmeal, this yummy breakfast bowl recipe includes four topping variations – blueberry, almond butter, banana, and chocolate chip – so you have one for just about every day of the workweek.

Four mini quiches with asparagus and mushrooms on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Sumptuous Spoonfuls

2. Mushroom Asparagus Quinoa Quiche Cups

These muffin-sized egg and veggie cups are easy to make in advance for busy mornings. Just pop them in the microwave for a minute, and you’re out the door with a high-protein, alpha-gal friendly breakfast.

Related Article: How to Clean Mushrooms

A bowl of fruit and quinoa with berries and lime.
Photo Credit: Oh So Delicioso

3. Coconut Quinoa with Fruit

Cooking the quinoa in coconut milk gives your grain base a touch of sweetness in this quinoa fruit bowl recipe. Top it with fresh fruit like blueberries and mangoes for a special breakfast treat.

A bowl of quinoa with apples and raisins.
Photo Credit: Plant Based on a Budget

4. Breakfast Quinoa Bowls

Go beyond basic oatmeal with this delicious quinoa breakfast bowl recipe that tops cooked quinoa with banana chunks, apple slices, and a handful of raisins.

Blueberry oatmeal bars on a piece of parchment paper.
Photo Credit: Food Wine and Love

5. Blueberry Oatmeal Quinoa Bars

Made with rolled oats, quinoa, ripe bananas, and fresh blueberries, these vegan blueberry oatmeal quinoa bars are a healthy grab-and-go breakfast option. 

A yellow bowl with carrots in it.
Photo Credit: Strength and Sunshine

6. Carrot Cake Quinoa Flakes

This quinoa breakfast recipe uses quinoa flakes to create a carrot cake-like porridge, the healthiest way to eat “cake” for breakfast. 

A bowl of quinoa with chocolate and banana slices on top.
Photo Credit: Strength and Sunshine

7. Cocoa Banana Cinnamon Quinoa Flakes

If you crave chocolate for breakfast, these quinoa flakes topped with banana slices, unsweetened cocoa powder, and cinnamon will satisfy your sweet tooth guilt free.

A white casserole dish of baked quinoa topped with sliced strawberries.
Photo Credit: Dizzy Busy and Hungry

8. Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bake

This overnight quinoa breakfast casserole is made with almond milk, sweetened with maple syrup, and sprinkled with cinnamon to deliver the flavors of cinnamon toast, but in a much healthier manner.

A stack of quinoa bars on a plate next to a glass of milk.
Photo Credit: Cupcakes and Kale Chips

9. Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast Bars

From pumpkin spice to maple syrup, enjoy all of your favorite fall flavors – plus protein and whole grains – with these make-ahead pumpkin quinoa breakfast bars.

A quinoa bowl with a fried egg, greens, and avocado.
Photo Credit: Fit as a Mama Bear

10. Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Egg

For those who prefer savory to sweet, this quinoa breakfast bowl is made with baby bok choy, avocado, and eggs and topped with a creamy sesame dressing. Not a fan of bok choy? You can always substitute sauteed spinach.

Do You Like Quinoa at Breakfast?

What’s your favorite way to eat quinoa for breakfast? Do you have a favorite quinoa breakfast recipe not featured here? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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8 thoughts on “10 Delicious Quinoa Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day”

  1. I recently tried the quinoa oatmeal breakfast bowls, and they were so delicious! I’m excited to try the other recipes as well! For sure, it’ll be a hit!

  2. I made this quinoa today and it came out much better than when using the package directions! I’ll be making cinnamon breakfast bake next. It looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is a great resource for anyone looking to add variety and nutrition to their morning routine. Thanks for sharing these quinoa based recipes, very healthy delicious.

  4. These are such great ideas for using quinoa in breakfast! I never really thought to treat it like oatmeal or a cereal but some of these recipes have inspired me to try!

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