Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa


Here’s a nice, super easy and yummy variation on a typical oatmeal favorite. Making it is a very simple matter of putting water, quinoa, apples, and spices in a small pot or pan, and simmering it for 20 minutes. This recipe is adapted slightly from this one over at Simply Quinoa.

Quinoa hydrates at a ratio of 1:4 in terms of weight, just like oatmeal. So, 1 oz of dry quinoa yields 4 oz of cooked quinoa. If quinoa’s not your thing, try this with other neutral tasting grains such as millet, buckwheat, oats, etc.

This would be easy to batch-cook for multiple people or for make-ahead meal prep, just multiply the amounts by however many servings you want to make. Also, see below for maintenance modifications.

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

  • Servings: Makes 1 Serving
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Each Serving Contains:

  • 1 Grain Serving
  • 1 Protein Serving
  • 1 Fruit Serving


Fruit Serving

  • 1 apple, diced

Protein Serving

  • 1 oz nuts or nut butter (1/2 protein)
  • 4 oz milk or yogurt of choice (1/2 protein)

Grain Serving

  • 1 oz dry quinoa (yields 4 oz cooked quinoa)

Condiments & Spices

  • 4 oz water (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of apple pie spice (or a pinch each of nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cardamom)

Maintenance Modifications

  • Grain Additions: Use 1.5 oz dry quinoa and 6 oz water (3/4 cup)
  • Protein Additions: Use 2 oz of nuts/nut butter and 8 oz milk/yogurt


  1. Into a small pot or pan with a lid, weigh out 1 oz of quinoa.
  2. Add the diced apple, water, and spices.
  3. Put on the stove and simmer, covered with a lid, over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed.
  4. Garnish with toppings and more cinnamon if desired.
  5. Store in a tight lidded container in the fridge for up to a few days.

Recipe Source: Katie’s Bright Kitchen


Note: Maintenance version pictured 

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  1. Deb Keirce

    Yum! Thanks!


  2. Kelly Birch

    Had this dish this morning (cooked last night and put in the frig) it reminds me of one of my old favorite oatmeal recipes that cooks in apple juice. I was nervous but it really tasted so similar that this will now be I regular rotation. Used nuts this am but will try peanut butter next time.

  3. Hi Katie,
    This was fantastic and a nice change from oats. Thanks for posting. I appreciate all of your recipes and the fact that you tailor them to BLE.

  4. Katie, I hope you can help! I have a tree nut allergy and do not know what I should use instead of nut butter or nuts. I am in the UK and have not found a source of seed butters.
    Thank you for all your wonderful BLE recipes – they [you] have helped my first BLE steps enormously!

    • Hi Toni! Not sure what specifically you need help with, instead of nut butters for what? Protein in general? An accompaniment for this particular recipe?

      • Thanks Katie, you list nuts or nut better as half the protein in the ingredients list for this recipe, That is what I do not know what to substitute for….

      • It sounds like your breakfast would be quinoa, apples, and cinnamon. You could add yogurt or milk, or just eat lots of quinoa as both your protein and grain.

      • Thanks Katie, wasn’t sure that was allowed! It is a great way out of my dilemma…

  5. I’m a newly how much can I eat?


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