Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

My quinoa breakfast obsession continues.

I swear, if I could just spend all day creating an 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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  1. Bette says

    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

  2. Tonia says

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

  3. Marilyn Barnes says

    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.

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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 :)

  4. says

    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.

  5. Spur says

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

  6. says

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

  7. Millie Brinkley says

    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.

    • says

      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!

  8. Nancy says

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

  9. Wendy says

    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!

  10. Wendy says

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

  11. Andrea Webster says

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

  12. Traci B says

    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…

  13. Carla Marley says

    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.

  14. Suzy says

    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.

  15. Leigha says

    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!!


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