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23 Best Quinoa Breakfast Recipes & Ideas

Wake up the right way with these quinoa breakfast recipes.

You really can’t ask for a better way to start your day. Every recipe is healthy, and they’re dang delicious to boot! 

Healthy Breakfast Quinoa with Onions and Egg
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20+ Delicious Ways to Eat Quinoa for Breakfast

Quinoa is a well-known superfood. But I find that it’s often overlooked at breakfast.

I’m guilty of this myself. 

But it’s the perfect breakfast food because it’s loaded with protein and fiber, so you’ll stay full all morning.

Oh, and it’s naturally gluten-free. 

So, check out these tasty quinoa breakfast recipes, and thank me later.

1. Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

I love a good savory breakfast. And this healthy quinoa breakfast bowl is my newest go-to. 

It’s basically a Buddha bowl but intended for breakfast. So, it’s loaded with good grains, veggies, healthy fats, and protein. 

It’s flavorful, filling, and seriously tasty. 

But the best part? This recipe is customizable. So, you can use leftovers or whatever else you have on hand. 

2. Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Quinoa

Cinnamon toast has long been a favorite in my house – even when I was a kid.

So, I like to think of this recipe as the healthy version of my childhood treat.

Between the toasted pecans, quinoa, cinnamon, and maple syrup, it’s just what you need first thing.

And it really tastes just like cinnamon toast – but better.

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It’s also gluten-free and full of other nutrients my childhood self wouldn’t appreciate. But my adult self is definitely on board.

3. Greek Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

If Greek is in the title, you know it’s gonna be delicious!

At least, I’ve never been steered wrong by any Greek-inspired cuisine. And truly, this breakfast bowl is no different. 

When you scramble eggs with quinoa, yogurt, feta cheese, spinach, and tomatoes, you’re left with nothing but goodness.

Add your favorite seasonings, and bam! What’s not to like?

4. Double Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins

Muffins are a terrific breakfast on the go. But they’re not always the healthiest choice.

Enter these quinoa muffins!

Made with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cooked quinoa, and buttermilk, they’re light and fluffy with incredible flavor.

The mashed banana brings plenty of moisture and sweetness, and the chocolate chips make them more dessert-like. Yum!

5. Puffed Quinoa Breakfast

Quinoa pops, aka puffed quinoa, are a fantastic way to eat healthy grains with a bit of extra texture.

Think of them like Rice Krispies, only they don’t pop quite as much.

Still, they bring wonderful texture to this breakfast parfait.

Just don’t make them ahead, or the quinoa will go soggy.

6. Banana Quinoa Muffins

It’s hard to beat a delicious banana muffin in the morning.

And this plant-based, nutrient-dense, and utterly scrumptious version proves it. 

Every bite explodes with sweet, cinnamon, and banana-y goodness. And the combo of quinoa and oats creates a wonderful texture too.

Add a little peanut butter, and enjoy!

7. High-Protein Healthy Scramble with Quinoa

If you’re trying to hit protein macros, this is the scramble for you.

With 20 grams of protein in one serving, you know you’ll stay full. And you won’t spike your blood sugar, either. 

But more importantly, it’s delicious! 

The texture is way more interesting than regular scrambled eggs. And with cheese, spinach, and garlic, the flavor is better, too. 

8. Easy Quinoa Egg Bites

Egg bites have taken the health community on the internet by storm – and for good reason.

They’re fast, easy to prepare, filling, and taste fantastic. 

And the addition of quinoa in this recipe makes them all the more fabulous!

This recipe makes broccoli cheddar egg cups. But you can totally customize them to your specifications.

Bacon, sausage, feta, spinach, tomatoes… you name it, and you can add it or swap it! 

9. Fluffy Quinoa Pancakes

Pretty much every culture around the world has a version of pancakes. Because they’re amazing.

The whole world loves pancakes. And these gluten-free, vegan pancakes are totally worthy of that love.

They’re super fluffy, perfectly sweet, and absolutely soul-soothing – like any good pancake should be. 

They whip up really fast and are made with only six ingredients. Plus, they’re extra nutritious, thanks to quinoa flour. 

10. Quinoa Waffles

But if you prefer waffles over pancakes, I’ve got you covered.

These quinoa waffles taste just like regular waffles. But they’re spiked with extra protein.

Serve them with lots of fresh fruit, and the whole family will go nuts.

11. Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please!

And they taste exactly like carrot cake? Even better. 

Normally, I’d make a silly joke about how carrot cake is healthy because it has carrots. But in this case, it’s true! 

With ingredients like carrots, quinoa, pepitas, flax seeds, oats, and cranberries, these puppies are actually quite nutritious.

But they are also super soft, chewy, and delicious! 

12. Quinoa Breakfast Bars

If you gotta get out the door fast, grab one of these breakfast bars!

Prepare them in advance, and they will become your new on-the-go brekky. Or midday snack… or evening snack. 

This recipe is stuffed with good things like quinoa, nut butter, milk, and an egg. It’s sweetened with maple syrup and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla.

And when you add fresh blueberries, it soars to a whole new level of tasty.

They’re like chewy, cookie-like, healthy blueberry muffins. And that’s a win in my book!

13. Quinoa Smoothie

Speaking of quick breakfasts: let me introduce you to this easy and delicious quinoa smoothie.

It’s customizable, nutritious, kid-tested-and-approved, and perfect for busy mornings.  

You’ll need cooked quinoa, milk, yogurt, one banana, and frozen berries. Plus, honey for extra sweetness.

Of course, you can add all kinds of yummy things, like cocoa powder. Or skip the berries and add peanut butter for a delicious twist. 

Plus, you can use all non-dairy products for a vegan version. 

14. Quinoa Banana Bread

We’ve all been told that there are five Love Languages.

But I’ve discovered a sixth. Banana bread. 

I mean really… who doesn’t love banana bread? And this quinoa recipe is one for the books.

The quinoa adds a fun texture, tasty nuttiness, and tons of protein. So, you can inhale an entire loaf in one sitting without feeling guilty.

Though, you might be really full.

15. Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Do you struggle with overnight oats because of their texture? Then try these overnight quinoa jars!

There are still a few oats in there for texture and bulk, but the quinoa breaks it up nicely.

Mix in some almond milk and maple syrup, then top it with plenty of fresh fruit. Yum!

16. 7-Ingredient Quinoa Granola

One batch of this homemade granola should last you quite a while – if you can resist eating it for every meal, that is!

This 7-ingredient quinoa granola is delicious, nutritious, sweet, nutty, toasty, and crunchy. It’s like a party in your mouth!

And it makes a pretty great cereal, too. So top it with yogurt and banana slices, and enjoy!

17. Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs

Want a healthy, super yummy breakfast that’s easy to make? This is just the ticket!

It features eggy, cheesy, crumby cakes loaded with seasonings, then topped with kale and a poached egg.

This dish is like the lovechild of latkes and eggs benedict. But vegetarian.

Though I suspect this would be phenomenal with hollandaise and ham. 

18. Carrot Cake Quinoa Bowls

If you love carrot cake as much as I do, this is the only quinoa breakfast recipe you need.

It’s creamy, lightly spiced, and fully loaded with grated carrots, almond butter, and chopped nuts.

I like it with chewy golden raisins, too. And it’s extra special with a bit of orange zest sprinkled over the top!

19. Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cake

Pair this yummy pumpkin breakfast cake with your morning PSL, and you’ll be in fall heaven.

I love breakfast mug recipes because they’re perfect for one and super quick.

And when they’re this tasty and dessert-like, I’m a goner!

If you love pumpkin spice-anything, this is for you!

20. Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

If ever there’s a chance to indulge in chocolate for breakfast, I’m there.

But chocolate and peanut butter? Oh boy, I’m in trouble!

You’ll make a super scrummy chocolate chia pudding for the base. It’s loaded with protein powder, too, so it’s extra good for you.

Then, just before serving, you’ll add a layer of honey and peanut butter, some cooked quinoa, and a few chocolate chips. Wow!

21. Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is one of those wonderful breakfast treats we can all enjoy without anyone batting an eye.

So I just had to include this gingerbread and quinoa recipe!

Made with gluten-free, millet, and quinoa flours, plus applesauce and spices, it’s way healthier than your usual crumb cake.

And it’s incredibly tender under the quinoa crumb on top!

22. Quinoa Breakfast Skillet

Crispy bacon, tender sweet potatoes, flavorful veggies, eggs, and quinoa all in one skillet? Yes, please!

This breakfast dish is delectable, hearty, nutritious, and total comfort food. 

It’s the perfect breakfast for weekend mornings because it takes a little bit of time to prep.

But it’s worth every minute, and your whole family will love it!

23. Coconut + Quinoa Crusted Vegan French Toast

This 7-ingredient vegan French toast is a masterpiece.

You’ll thicken plant milk with flax and cinnamon. That’ll thicken nicely after about 5 minutes.

At that point, you’ll dip your bread just like you would normal French toast.

But here comes the fun part – you’ll also coat it in a mix of quinoa crispies and coconut!

It adds such a pleasant crunchy texture to a typically soft dish.

23 Best Quinoa Breakfast Recipes & Ideas

Delicious, versatile, and loaded with protein and fiber, these quick and easy quinoa breakfast recipes are my new favorite way to start the day.


  • Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  • Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Quinoa

  • Greek Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  • Double Chocolate Banana Quinoa Muffins

  • Puffed Quinoa Breakfast

  • Banana Quinoa Muffins

  • High-Protein Healthy Scramble with Quinoa

  • Easy Quinoa Egg Bites

  • Fluffy Quinoa Pancakes

  • Quinoa Waffles

  • Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

  • Quinoa Breakfast Bars

  • Quinoa Smoothie

  • Quinoa Banana Bread

  • Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

  • 7 -Ingredient Quinoa Granola

  • Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs

  • Carrot Cake Quinoa Bowls

  • Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cake

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Quinoa Breakfast Parfait

  • Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake

  • Quinoa Breakfast Skillet

  • Coconut + Quinoa Crusted Vegan French Toast


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Haley van der Ploeg
Haley van der Ploeg is a food writer and content creator for Insanely Good Recipes, where she authors blog posts, creates recipes, and crafts tantalizing photos.

Haley is passionate about food and its ability to gather people across cultures, languages, and generations. She believes everyone can learn to cook.

Most days, you can find Haley reading, baking elaborate cakes, and hosting get-togethers for friends and family. If Haley isn't home, she’s probably on a plane jetting off to exciting adventures and new cuisines.

She lives with her husband in the Netherlands and has taught him that vegetables *can* taste good.

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