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5-Minute Chai Spiced Breakfast Quinoa

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

A quick and easy breakfast quinoa that's flavored with chai, filled with protein and takes just 5 minutes to make. With 16g of plant-based protein in each bowl, this recipe will quickly become morning your go-to!

Chai Spiced Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

One of the most common myths about following a plant-based diet is that you aren't going to get enough protein. And when it comes to breakfast, it's assumed that unless you're using a protein powder, you just aren't going to get what you need.

Well, I'm here to prove that theory wrong! Because now you have a recipe that is high-protein and doesn't use any strange powders. Just pure, whole food ingredients that are nourishing and filling.

What better way than to start your day than a bowl of this protein-packed breakfast quinoa? It's quick and easy to make (can be ready in under 5 minutes!), can be meal prepped and each serving contains 16g of plant-based protein!

Healthy Breakfast Quinoa with Chai

My Inspiration for this Breakfast Quinoa

A few weeks ago I was out in LA visiting a friend – Megan from Curry Girl's Kitchen – and she made me this amazing breakfast quinoa that used leftover cooked quinoa. We even filmed a video which I'll be sharing soon, but I loved it so much that I had to recreate my own version.

Essentially, all we're doing is reheat out cooked quinoa with some almond milk, but I wanted to kick it up a notch in the flavor department, so instead of just heating the almond milk, we're adding two chai tea bags to enhance the flavor. We steep the tea for about 3 – 4 minutes in the milk, then add the rest of our ingredients, give it a quick stir and serve it up.

High Protein Quinoa Breakfast Recipe

An Easy Meal Prep Breakfast Recipe

I know how much you all love our meal prep series, and this breakfast quinoa is 100% meal prep friendly! You can make a big batch on a Sunday and this will last you all week long.

Best of all? Change up the topping each day and it will feel like a completely new recipe!

Here are some of my favorite topping ideas:

  • Almond butter, blueberries, and seeds (what we've got here!)
  • Peanut butter, banana, and cacao nibs
  • Coconut yogurt, sliced strawberries, and chia seeds
  • Cashew butter and stewed peaches

To store it, just make a quadruple batch of the quinoa, divide it into jars and top with your desired toppings. Seal the jars completely, then reheat when you get to the office (or enjoy it cold like overnight oats).

Chai Spiced Quinoa for Breakfast

A Tasty High-Protein Vegan Breakfast

Now I mentioned that we're able to pack in the protein with this bowl, but I wanted to break down where that protein is actually coming from:

  • quinoa
  • chia seeds
  • our toppings (almond butter + seeds)

That's right! Those simple ingredients combined together create this incredible quinoa breakfast bowl that's literally LOADED with protein  – 16g per serving to be precise!

Want some other ideas for amping up the protein content? Check out my list of the best sources of plant-based protein!

High Protein Vegan Breakfast Recipe

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VIDEO: How to Make Chai Breakfast Quinoa

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Chai Breakfast Quinoa

This easy breakfast quinoa recipe takes just 5 minutes to make and is loaded with chai flavor. Topped with nut butter, berries and seeds for extra protein and crunch!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast quinoa, chai, easy breakfast
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 568 kcal


toppings (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons blueberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons seed mix


  1. Add the almond milk and tea bags into a small saucepan. Warm the milk and allow the tea to steep for 4 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, press out any extra tea, and add the remaining breakfast quinoa ingredients. Stir until quinoa has warmed, about 1 minute, and transfer to two bowls.
  3. Top with half the toppings indicated above, or your favorite toppings of choice.
Nutrition Facts
Chai Breakfast Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 568 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 186mg8%
Potassium 531mg15%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 344mg34%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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