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Quinoa and apple breakfast cereal

Total Time
42 min
5 min
32 min
That's right, you can have quinoa for breakfast, and it's actually quite delicious! It'll provide that nutrient-boost you need to have an energized start in the morning. You'll want to have a batch on hand at all times to quickly heat up and get out the door. You'll love the addition of sweet caramelized apples, as well as ground cinnamon, brown sugar, and skim milk for that perfect, oatmeal-like consistency. You can use whatever variety of apple is your favorite, but the crisper, the better, as they hold their shape as they cook. We recommend Braeburn, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith apples for this recipe.


Uncooked quinoa

1 cup(s)

Salted butter

1 Tbsp, divided


2 medium, chopped or diced


2 cup(s), cold

Ground cinnamon

½ tsp

Packed brown sugar

3 Tbsp

Fat free skim milk

½ cup(s)


  1. Rinse quinoa well under cold running water. Set aside.
  2. Spray large skillet with nonstick spray; set over medium heat. When skillet is hot, add ½ tablespoon butter and cook until melted and beginning to sizzle. Add apples and cook, turning occasionally, until apples are soft and begin to caramelize, 5−10 minutes depending on variety; set aside.
  3. Add quinoa and water to medium saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat; boil 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and simmer for 10 minutes. When quinoa is cooked (a white spiral will appear on each grain), remove from heat and fluff with fork. Add remaining ½ tablespoon butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and milk; stir to combine and fold in apples. Divide among 6 bowls.
  4. Serving size: about ⅔ cup