Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Perfectly cozy apple cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl! With quinoa cooked in coconut milk, caramelized apples and pecans!

A white dish filled with Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

The air is a changin’. Well, at least a wee bit.

I will most certainly take the slightly cooler days where I don’t instantly start sweating as soon as I walk outside. And! Even a few times on our nightly walks with the little beagle, I was actually quite comfortable! Guys – this is huge.

Which also means that I am starting to get back in the mood for hot oatmeal in the mornings. I’ve been boycotting it pretty much all summer. Smoothies have been my jam instead.

But lately – I can feel the itch. The time is coming. Oatmeal is calling my name.

But for now, I’m starting with a little transition. Ease myself gently back into the wonderful world of oatmeal. Which is where this delicious breakfast bowl comes in.

A white bowl filled with Quinoa Oatmeal, apples and two spoons.

Plus, we have apples! And cinnamon! And quinoa! Oh my!

I can actually feel my sister rolling her eyes at me (oh hey sis!) as she reads this.

For the longest time I adamantly held my stance on how much I hated quinoa. She would tell me how awesome it is and I would shoot her right down.

But, um, it’s just so hard to resist with this bowl.

About This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

We have quinoa cooked in a bit of coconut milk to add a touch of creaminess (umm yum).

We have slightly caramelized apples with cinnamon and nutmeg (gimme gimme).

And then we have some chopped pecans and a touch of coconut milk whipped cream.

All combining into one glorious breakfast.

A white bowl filled with Quinoa Hot Cereal with two spoons in the dish.

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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Yield: about 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Perfectly cozy apple cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl! With quinoa cooked in coconut milk, caramelized apples, pecans and whipped coconut cream!


For the quinoa:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk

For the apples:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or butter)
  • 2 medium-large apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg

For serving:

  • coconut milk whipped cream
  • chopped pecans
  • sprinkle of ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg
  • drizzle of pure maple syrup, if needed to sweeten


For the quinoa:

  1. Add the quinoa, water and coconut milk to a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, give it a stir, cover, then reduce the heat to medium-low / low and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
  2. Turn off the heat and let the pan sit covered for 5 minutes, then fluff the quinoa with a fork.

For the apples:

  1. Meanwhile, set a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in the olive oil. Once hot, add in the apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook for about 15 to 18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender (and caramelized!). Remove from the heat.

To serve:

  1. Spoon some of the quinoa into a bowl. Top with some of the apples, whipped cream, pecans and finally a sprinkle of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. If not sweet enough, drizzle with some maple syrup!


I prep all the components on the weekend when I have time and store in separate containers in the fridge. That way all you have to do is assemble and enjoy! I sometimes will add a splash of milk to the quinoa when reheating.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 357Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 7g
Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.