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Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Breakfast! Vegan or Plant-Based Breakfast is a hot topic in all the social groups and forums. We often hear the question, “what do you eat for breakfast that is plant-based?” Well, this Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa is a great replacement for oats, avocado toast, and even tofu scramble. Packed with flavor and protein, it is a perfect way to start your day.

Plant-Based Breakfast Idea

Many people eat oats for breakfast, but quinoa is an excellent breakfast option and can be enjoyed warm or cold. I like to make this and then reheat it as a quick grab-and-heat breakfast on busy mornings. It is also so cozy for this fall season and packs in all the flavors of an apple pie. Another time it feels like we are eating dessert for breakfast. Hahaha!

This recipe comes from my new book, The Super Easy Plant-Based Cookbook. If you remake this recipe, I’d love to have you snap a pic and tag me on IG @veginspired and #supereasyplantbased and #veginspiredfoodie

Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This quinoa tastes just like apple pie. I created this dish one chilly fall morning, and my entire house smelled of the holidays. Enjoying the scents wafting through my home is a major reason I make this for breakfast! Such a treat to wake up to. Using quinoa in this dish adds a punch of protein that gives you a heart-healthy breakfast.


  • - 1 large apple, diced (about 2 cups)
  • - 8 large dates, pitted and chopped (1/2 cup)
  • - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • - 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • - 2 cups water
  • - 1 cup quinoa
  • - 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • - 1/4 cup chopped pecans


    1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, com-
      bine the apple, dates, vanilla, and cinnamon and
      sauté for about 5 minutes, until apple is starting
      to soften and the mixture is fragrant. Add 1 to
      2 tablespoons of water as needed to prevent
    2. Add the water and quinoa to the pan. Bring to a
      rolling boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover
      and simmer for 15 minutes, until the quinoa is
      cooked and liquid is absorbed.
    3. Remove the pan from the heat and let stand for
      5 minutes. Serve with 1 tablespoon of maple
      syrup and 1 tablespoon of chopped nuts.


Variation tip: Don’t love apples? Try pears instead.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 8gSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 7gSugar: 30gProtein: 7g