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March 5, 2020

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Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

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

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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.

And what I love about all of you amazing internet friends of mine, you love breakfast just as much as I do! So today I'm sharing a recipe that I first created years ago, and have since upgraded with both photos and recipe. As they say, this overnight quinoa is an oldie but a goodie ?

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Ingredients for this Overnight Quinoa

As we've been doing lately with most of our posts, I want to share the different ingredients we're using and why. I personally love knowing why people use certain ingredients and find it really helpful if I'm looking for substitution ideas. So…here's what you need to make this recipe:

  • Cooked quinoa: the base of our breakfast is cooked quinoa. I like to do white quinoa because it's nice and fluffy! But you could also use millet, buckwheat or another grain if you wanted.
  • Rolled oats: I like the blend of oats and quinoa, but you could also do quinoa flakes or just more quinoa if you don't want to use oats.
  • Chia seeds: the “thickening” agent, but also ads a ton of protein, fiber, and good fats.
  • Maple syrup: always my sweetener of choice, but you could swap with something else like honey, agave, coconut sugar, etc.
  • Chopped almonds: one way to sneak in more protein and healthy fats, but also good because they add a nice crunch!
  • Almond milk: the liquid that I like to use, but use whatever milk you have on hand. It could be cashew, oat, rice, or even regular cow's milk if you eat that.

And to make it vanilla almond flavor, we're using some extracts! I like to buy this organic vanilla extract and this organic almond extract. They've got great flavor and aren't fake!

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Why You'll Love Eating Quinoa For Breakfast

What I love about recipes like this is that you can make them the night before. It takes about 5 minutes to make and is the perfect way to start your day.

That being said, you also don't have to leave it overnight. You can prep this when you wake up, get ready for your day and take it with you on your way out the door. It's one of those awesome recipes that can be meal prepped in less than 15 minutes.

All you need to do to make this overnight quinoa is mix all your ingredients together and let it sit. The oats, quinoa and chia seeds will start to absorb some of the liquid, helping it thicken up. Once it's thickened, you can eat top it with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

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Oats or Quinoa?! Let's Do Both!

If you're an overnight oats lover, then I really think you gotta give quinoa a try. Adding quinoa into your overnight oats is super simple and adds some really great benefits. It's…

  • higher protein
  • higher in fiber
  • more nutrient-rich
  • adds a really nice texture

And it's as simple as can be. The end result is a supercharged breakfast that takes about fifteen 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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 528kcal
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  • Add all the ingredients (minus some almonds for garnishing) to a mixing bowl, starting with 1.5 cups of almond milk. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to thicken. If the mixture is too thick, add some more almond milk to thin it out. I ended up doing about 2 cups in total.
  • Transfer to your jars/bowls and garnish with desired toppings. I did blueberries and chopped almonds.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 461mg | Iron: 5mg
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About Alyssa

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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  14. 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. 🙂

  15. 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, 🙂

  16. 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!!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

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

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

  23. 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 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!

    • 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!

  24. 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.

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

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

  27. 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 🙂

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

    • 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.

    • 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

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


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