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Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

A quick, easy and nutrient-rich breakfast, this overnight quinoa is flavored with almond and vanilla extract and sweetened with maple syrup.

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

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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 the 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?


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Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

A quick, easy and nutrient-rich breakfast, this overnight quinoa is flavored with almond and vanilla extract and sweetened with maple syrup.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword almond pulp recipes, overnight oats, overnight quinoa, quinoa breakfast, vanilla, vanilla overnight oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 452kcal



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


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 95mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 14g



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  1. Do you serve this cold or can you heat it up in the morning? Just made a batch for tomorrow morning for the first time. Tried a bit before putting it in the fridge… OMG – Delicious !!

    • I like to keep it cold, but you could try to heat it up! BTW…I have a family house in Kport and have been going there my ENTIRE life! We’ve had the house for over 100 years and that town holds a special place in my heart <3 coming up next weekend actually! xo

  2. I made a massive batch of this today. Thank you for this awesome recipe. I’m breatfeeding my one month old baby boy and struggling to keep up with production 😉 This meall is a wonderful combination of goodness and made the famile happy too. And I got to test drive my juicer’s ability to grid nuts. amazing!

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  4. 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?

  5. 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???

    • 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!

      • 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. 🙂

  6. 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, 🙂

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

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

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

  13. 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!

    • 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!

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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.

    • 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 🙂

    • 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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