Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

My quinoa breakfast obsession continues.

I swear, if I could just spend all day creating and eating breakfast foods, I’d be the happiest person on earth. In fact, just last night for dinner I had a big bowl of fruit, topped with granola and almond milk. It was perfect.

But my love for breakfast is beside the point, because I know you’re eager to dig into this recipe and my blabbering doesn’t help.

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

I’ve been experimenting a lot with overnight quinoa and oats. Playing around with different flavor combinations, adjusting proportions, waiting until I find the perfect one(s) to share with you.

This is my latest success and I really think you’re going to love it.

Rather than using oats, since I know some people are sensitive to them, we opted for cooked quinoa. It needed a little extra something to make it thick, so I looked in my fridge and noticed some leftover almond pulp from when I made almond milk the day before.

It was just the ingredient this recipe needed. Almond pulp is very soft and gives the overnight quinoa this utterly luxurious texture. But almond pulp is also nutritious, so it’s a win-win!

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Since I was using almond pulp, I knew I really wanted to pump up the almond flavor, so I decided to add just a touch of almond extract.

To go with the almond, I wanted vanilla. Almond and vanilla are one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I sprinkled in a little vanilla extract into the mix.

And finally to sweeten this breakfast delight, I opted for maple syrup since a) it’s the best breakfast ingredient ever and b) it tastes delicious!

The end result is a supercharged breakfast that takes less than five minutes to prepare. You just mix, chill and eat. How could you go wrong?

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond pulp
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stevia to taste (optional)
  • Chopped almonds to garnish (optional)


  1. Divide all ingredients between two mason jars. Stir until incorporated.
  2. Place in refrigerator and let sit overnight.
  3. Remove and garnish with chopped almonds. Enjoy!

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  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    If I could just make breakfast recipes all day too, I would! Breakfast is the best! And this looks absolutely fabulous! :)

    • Kristin Saarlas

      I also think this looks wonderful but I buy my almond milk so don’t have almond pulp on hand. Are there alternatives?

      • Queen of Quinoa

        I think you could use almond flour in its place!

  • Bette

    Hi: Just wanted to let you know I said a prayer for your sweet puppy. It must be a sad time for you.
    I probably won’t be making this recipe, as I tried making almond milk and didn’t care for it, so I don’t have any almond pulp. Can you suggest anything in it’s place?

    Thanks, Bette

  • Tonia

    Extra prayers are going to be said for you and your
    Puppy. I hope the little one gets better. Take care.

  • Tonia

    Extra prayers are on their way. Hope your little one gets better. Take care.

  • Gwenn Panny

    Mmmm. That vanilla almond quinoa looks absolutely yummy.

  • Marilyn Barnes

    Sending prayers for you and your puppy. I know in our household at least, our pets are members of the family so I understand where you are coming from. So I pray your “baby”will be well.

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    We love quinoa a lot! This is a perfect meal to kick start the day!

  • Angela

    Do you have a substitute for almond pulp? This sounds delicious!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      I think you could try almond flour :)

  • Lia

    Can you tell me more about almond pulp? Do you make it/but it?

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Almond pulp is something that you make at home. Basically it’s what is leftover from making homemade almond milk. It’s creamy, almondy and just delicious!

  • Barbara

    Do you have a substitute for the almond pulp?

    • Queen of Quinoa

      I think you could use almond flour and it would work nicely :)

  • http://QueenofQuinoa Barry W.

    I would try local honey instead of maple syrup and a touch of cinnamin too.

    • http://QueenofQuinoa Barry W.

      Also,best wishes for the puppies speedy recovery. Also, treat all puppies as you do toddlers, up and out of reach or out of sight, out of mind. One laps leads to expensive hospital stays, or worse.

  • LB

    Prayers for you and your sweet puppy.

  • Susie Ziegler

    Hi Alyssa,
    This sounds amazing! How do I make the almond pulp?
    Thanks, Susie

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Almond pulp is the leftover ingredients you get when you make almond pulp at home. It’s almost creamy and is absolutely delicious!

  • Marie

    Can you tell me about almond pulp?

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Almond flour is made when you make homemade almond milk. You blend the nuts with water the place them in a nut milk bag, strain the water and the leftover residue is almond pulp :)

  • http://Yahoo Mabel Pope

    First of all Alyssa, I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy. I’m sending lots & lots of prayers out to you and your puppy. I’m reading this on Monday so I hope things have gotten better. Love the vanilla almond overnight quinoa recipe.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you! I’m happy to report that she came home with us on Wednesday and is doing great :)

  • Spur

    Sorry to hear about your little girl. Thoughts and prayers go out to you both! I will try this recipe….looks delicious!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you so much! Happily she came home on Wednesday and seems to be doing great :)

  • Jess

    This is happening – tonight!! I don’t love overnight oats, so I’m excited to try an overnight version of my favorite grain!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Would love to hear what you think! xo

  • Millie Brinkley

    Alyssa, I am so sorry about your little puppy. Please know that I am sending as much love and positive energy to you both, plus lots of prayers.

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank for the sweet words :) She came home on Wednesday and I couldn’t be happier!

  • http://commentluv Amy

    Please can some-one tell me how to make ALMOND PULP?


    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Amy, almond pulp is the result of making your own almond milk. If you don’t make your own almond pulp at home, I suggest swapping for almond flour. I think it will taste similar but the texture might be slightly off. Let me know what you think!

  • Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    Well, I have heard of overnight oats but never quinoa! Sensational recipe!

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Thank you, Ami :)

  • Nancy

    I don’t make my own almond milk. Do you have any suggestions on what I can substitute the almond pulp with?

    • Queen of Quinoa

      Hi Nancy, I think that you could try to use almond flour although it might not be quite the same texture. I do think it would still work and taste yummy though!

  • Wendy

    Just made my almond milk so I have both milk and pulp and my quinoa is cooking now! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

  • Wendy

    Ok, I could not wait……dove in and wow…it is so delicious!
    Love it. I liken it to an almond tapioca. Many thanks!

  • Andrea Webster

    Hi there,
    Am currently eliminating almonds from my diet, so will try coconut milk. But what to use instead of the almond pulp?

  • Traci B

    Does the quinoa have to be cooked or can we do this overnight just like that overnight oatmeal recipe that has been making the rounds? I would love to save the extra time and extra step…

    • Queen of Quinoa

      The quinoa needs to be cooked :) Enjoy it!

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  • Carla Marley

    I’ve been wanting to try quinoa for sometime now. Also, wanting make ahead breakfasts. So this is the perfect way to start. I do have a question about this recipe. What is almond pulp? I have raw almonds, can they be substituted for the almond pulp? Thanks for your great site.

  • Suzy

    Almond pulp is what’s left over from making almond milk. You blend the almonds with water, squeeze out the liquid (using cheesecloth or a nut milk bag) and what’s left is the pulp. Look for a nut milk recipe for exact measurements.

    • Carla Marley

      Thanks for the info Suzy. Had on idea what almond pulp was, I buy the almond milk, haven’t ever made it.Thanks again!

  • Leigha

    This is genius! I actually have some almond pulp in the fridge right now that I now know exactly what to do with. Thanks for the recipe :) Love your staging too!!

    • Alyssa

      Thank you!! Hope you loved it :) So many awesome variations – definitely plan to play around with some more! xo

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  • Rachel Page

    YUM! I’ll have to try this out soon. Thanks!

  • Chantelle

    Hey, can you tell me if this is possible to freeze? It’s a great recipe for me and my mum but sometimes we struggle with eating well coz of manic lifestyles, :)

  • Tracy

    So it’s it absolutely necessary to cook the quinoa first? I ask because I don’t cook the oats for over night oats & like to eat as much raw as possible…I just might have to try it. So I’m guessing since quinoa triples in size when cooked I’d only use 2-3 Tbsp of raw???

    • Alyssa

      Hi Tracy,

      Yes, you’d need to cook the quinoa before hand. Although you could use quinoa flakes instead and then you wouldn’t have to cook it :) I usually make a big batch of quinoa at a time and just scoop out what I need. I’d suggest making more because it’s easier to cook that way and you can always freeze whatever you don’t use!

      Hope that helps :) Enjoy!

      • Tracy

        I do make grains in bulk sometimes…but I tried making it raw and it worked!! I also used almond flour because I do not YET make my own almond milk. However, I bet it is more filling when the quinoa is cooked. The flavor was awesome and I am going to try it with cooked quinoa this weekend! Thanks so much for the great recipe…now I know what to do with my pulp when I start making my own nut milks. :)

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  • Brandi

    Is there a substitute for the almond pulp? Or is it a required ingredient?

  • Dorothy Malanowski Brady

    What is almond pulp?

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  • Cheron

    I don’t have almond pulp and not sure about making it, can i make this without the pulp?

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  • Chrissie Fly

    I bought instant quinoa and live in South America, so I have no idea how to cook it since there aren’t any instructions. I am wondering if I even need to cook it first? What do you think?

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