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 butterย (1/2 protein)
  • 4 oz milk or yogurt of choiceย (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 picturedย 

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  1. Yum! Thanks!


  2. 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?