Baked Apple Breakfast Quinoa

People are always shocked to hear that I eat quinoa for breakfast.  I mean, I don’t eat it every morning, but as this post shows, there is no meal (including dessert) that quinoa can’t participate in.  For the people who are curious along with surprised, I often share with them this recipe.




Last night as I was pulling it together (you can prep ahead to save time in the mornings), it occurred to me that my bananas weren’t ripe enough.  Like that ever happens…usually I am overloaded with overripe bananas (hence all of the banana bread).  I knew that I could follow the recipe without banana, but that the nuttiness of the quinoa needed a little something sweet to balance the flavor.




The only thing available in my house was some natural applesauce, so I decided to give it a go.  I also added in apple pie spice and then placed my concoction in the fridge overnight.  This is totally not necessary but helps speed things up in the morning.




This morning, it took just 3 minutes and breakfast was ready.




I topped my quinoa cake with almond butter which was delicious (although not so colorful).




It was quite a filling breakfast that kept me moving almost until lunch (my stomach started growling around 11:30am), which was only slightly embarrassing.




The Baked Apple Breakfast Quinoa was good, but my favorite remains the banana!   Although if my bananas are still green, this will make a good stand in for tomorrow’s breakfast.




So now that I showed you how I started the day…let me also share how I finished it (in terms of food anyways…there was some Downton Abbey involved as well).  Another easy and healthy dinner…turkey taco salad!  Even easier because the BOY had the turkey done before I  got home : )



Do you eat quinoa for breakfast?  What’s your favorite recipe?



Baked Apple Breakfast Quinoa



1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1 egg + 1 egg white

1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Chopped apple (optional)

1 tbsp ground flax

Apple pie spice



Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.  Stir well.

Microwave for 3 minutes until center is set and cake like.

Cool slightly before eating.

Top with jelly, nut butter, coconut, maple syrup, etc.

20 thoughts on “Baked Apple Breakfast Quinoa

  1. That’s such an awesome idea! I need to give it a shot. I swear and I have said this before but you always have the most amazing breaky recipes – yum!

  2. I often make like a “fried rice” style quinoa in the am by adding eggs, finely chopped up veges and 1 tsp oil. I add a tsp or 2 of teriyaki sauce or hoisin sauce for a little more flavor.

  3. I personally think that breakfast and dinner can be eaten at any time of the day. I loved monte cristos growing up for dinner and to this day cold pizza has to be the best breakfast ever. I don’t have it often but when I do I definitely am one happy camper.

  4. I love quinoa but have yet to try it as a sweet or breakfast food. I think you may have convinced me, especially with nut butter on top. I love almond butter and eat it daily.

    • So glad to hear that! Please let me know what you think of it! This is one of the best breakfast quinoas I’ve tried, especially smothered in nut butter, maybe with so coconut. My mouth is watering thinking about it : )

  5. YUMMY this looks great– I’d love to try it with pumpkin!! I have a slight (or really large) obsession with pumpkin!!! I love preparing my breakfast before I go to bed– makes the morning rush a little easier!

    • Yes…on the weekends it is great to sleep in and make a leisurely breakfast but during the week I just don’t have the time. This is great with pumpkin AND sweet potato. BTW, I went to dinner with Stacy last night and totally forgot to tell her that I ‘met’ you : )

  6. Love love this– I bet it would be great with pumpkin too! perfect while I am in my sugar and dairy detox!! Thank you!! Lots of ways to change this up and I love that you can prep it the night before!

  7. I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast, but this looks fantastic! We have the same banana problem… they’re always way too ripe! But, then they’re perfect for freezing and later blending in the vitamix into ice cream 🙂

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