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October 17, 2014

by Alyssa Rimmer

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

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This Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa is a healthy & gluten-free option for starting your day! Fiber- and protein-packed so it will keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning long!

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Is there anything better than the smell of apples and cinnamon cooking?

Whether you’re baking an apple pie or making homemade applesauce, the smell is addicting. It will drift from your kitchen into every corner of your house, filling the space with warmth and comfort. It’s one of my favorite things and I look forward to that smell every year.

Luckily for us, that luxurious smell isn't just reserved for baking and dessert. Today I'm going to show you how to make a decadent (and surprisingly simple) quinoa breakfast recipe that combines apples and cinnamon to make an amazing seasonal treat!

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When I was little, my mom always used to make homemade applesauce. Growing up in Vermont, we’re spoiled with our apples. They’re the best (I may be biased but still…) and every year around this time, we would go apple picking.

We’d fill our bags to the brim, picking different varieties and tasting each along the way, knowing full well we’d be going home to make applesauce.

My mom's chunky applesauce is something I will always remember, and I can't wait to make it for my kids one day. (love you, Mom ????)

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To this day, I’m still a total apple girl. I eat an apple every single day, telling myself I’m most certainly healthier for it, but really it’s because of the taste that I continue to eat them day after day.

I love that apples are sweet, but in their own way. They’re just ever so tart, juicy and crispy, pretty much everything that constitutes the perfect snack. Plus, they’re good for you!

Apples are high in fiber which helps regulate digestion, they’re detoxifying, they help boost your immune system AND they can even help lower your risk of some scary diseases like diabetes, pancreatic cancer and heart disease.

Like the saying goes, “An apple a day [really does] keep the doctor away.”

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I often find myself also eating apples for breakfast. I like the way I feel starting my day with lots of fiber, but an apple by itself would never do the trick. Sometimes it’s peanut butter, sometimes it’s in a smoothie, but recently it’s been this bowl of deliciousness…

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa!

A one-pot wonder that uses just 5 ingredients and tastes like a slice of apple pie! (mixed with my mom's applesauce)

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This breakfast quinoa is out of this world delicious and could not be easier to make!

Basically, it’s a combination of making homemade applesauce and quinoa. You add water, quinoa, apples into a pot and cook it until they’re soft and then stir in some cinnamon. One pot, little to no mess, just a crazy awesome breakfast recipe!

Not only is this packed with fiber, but we’re getting protein from the quinoa, and a little fat from the peanut butter I stirred in (how could I resist?!). It’s a balanced breakfast that will leave you feeling full and satisfied all morning long.

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Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Breakfast

This Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa is a healthy & gluten-free option for starting your day! Fiber- and protein-packed so it will keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning long!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 287kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and core both apples. Chop them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add quinoa, water and apples to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. The apples will be soft and the quinoa will have absorbed the water.
  • Stir in cinnamon and transfer mixture to two bowls.
  • Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with additional cinnamon (if desired). And enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2.3mg

 

 

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Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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  1. Hi there! Thank you for this delicious sounding recipe! I am making this tomorrow and am so excited about it! Quick question (maybe silly and obvious, so I apologize now!) The calories that are listed (287) is the per serving or for the 2 servings combined? 🙂

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  6. Such a great fall recipe! Pinning for my meal prep next week! I have a random question… where did you get those beautiful bowls that are photographed in these pictures? If you have an affiliate link, please share. I’d be happy to buy them and support you/your site. 🙂

    • There are definitely carbs in this recipe! But I don’t think I mentioned anywhere that this was good for diabetics 🙂

    • I haven’t! Quinoa won’t cook much faster in an IP with the pressure up and release times. But you can totally make a big batch and reheat!

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  8. I do this also!! But I cook a big batch of quinoa. Keep it in the fridge. In the morning I chop an unpeeled Apple and pop it in the microbe. 2 minutes!, when it is done dust it with cinnamon add the cold quinoa and maybe a few pecans!! Talk about a powerhouse of protein and fiber!!!!!! YUM!

  9. Delicious! I opted to exchange the extra 1/2 cup of water for a half cup of milk to add a little creaminess. I also added dried cranberries in as well. Thank you for the inspiration! Definitely will make again.

  10. Literally eating this at this moment for the first time. I love oatmeal and this is just like it but alkaline friendly. I did add a little ginger and lemon zest to the pot and added almond butter with the honey. Thank you for sharing this awesomeness!!:)

  11. I keep cooked quinoa in the fridge at all times. Making it in my Instant Pot isn’t that much faster than on the stove top but it’s hands off and turns out perfectly fluffy every time. I’ll make this by cooking the apples and adding the premade quinoa towards the end.

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  15. I’m always looking for healthy recipes so I thought I would give it ago this morning. I would definitely have this for breakfast again. I think I’ll cook it the night before and just warm it in the microwave the next day. This was my first time ever trying quinoa so thank you for the recipe!

  16. Hello. I had tried this recipe this morning. It was quick & easy but I feel like I missed an ingredient. It was bland. I used pure honey with cinnamon. It was my first time using quinoa. Definitely an acquired taste. I’m going to still try different recipes using it!!! Thanks????

  17. Had some this morning. Added a splash of milk & my favorite Fiber One original for more texture. I used only one apple but still turned out great. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. So delicious!! Even easy for a midweek breakfast! I topped it with almond butter for a fix of healthy fats. Even without, it is so delicious and warming! Thank you Alyssa!

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  23. I would love to make this for a group that i’m entertaining for brunch. Any ideas on how to calculate the ingredients for 12??

    Much appreciated!

  24. Yum! I made a double batch and substituted 1 cup of apple cider for 1 cup water, added freshly grated nutmeg and used maple syrup instead of honey. Next time I will add more apple and 1tsp less cinnamon. Now the true test, to see if my girls like it. I would love to add it to their breakfast rotation.

  25. Hello! I recently found out that I have a high risk for getting diabetes. Due to that, I am cutting low on carbs and sugars. I was wondering if you knew if this had a lot of carbs ?

  26. Thanks so much for an awesome recipe! So happy this one is a Winner with me & my quinoa loving self. I topped mine with bananas, maple syrup. Keep up the great work! ????????????

  27. I made this for breakfast this morning — yummy! I love vanilla so I added a touch of vanilla and some almond milk and ate it like oatmeal. An appropriate breakfast for the first day of Fall. Thank you!

  28. Perhaps it was the type of apples I chose, but I found it was sweet enough that I did not need to add any honey 🙂

  29. Yum! Quick and easy! Great as is or topped with nuts and/or Greek yoghurt. Berries would also be delicious. Thanks. Big thumbs up????

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  31. I made a double batch of this to reheat during the week, and it has worked very well. I needed a little more water and a little longer cooking time than the recipe calls for, but I used a mix of red and white quinoa. I’ve never cooked red quinoa before and I don’t know if that made a difference, but it all turned out great. It definitely needs a sweetner. I don’t care for honey, so I used Splenda. My 1 year old LOVES this. He can’t get it in his mouth fast enough! 🙂

  32. Great recipe. I made mine with raw applesauce (apples ground up in a blender-skin on)
    and sweetened with stevia. Delicious.

  33. I’ve been looking for new ideas for breakfast. This looks delicious! I have everything I need to make it this weekend. I wonder how well it would work if made the night before and reheated in the morning?

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