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