Vegan Overnight Quinoa Cereal

by on April 14, 2011

Quinoa might just be my favorite grain. Well, pseudograin if you want to get all technical on me. But seriously, I am kind of in love with quinoa. What once was something I only thought about using in savory dishes for lunch or dinner is quickly becoming a breakfast staple. So far I’ve made berry hot cereal, quinoa parfaits and banana quinoa flake bakes, all of which used either regular quinoa or quinoa flakes. The last quinoa item I needed to try out was quinoa flour and I marked that one off the list this week by making overnight quinoa cereal.

I saw a rendition of the recipe in Quinoa 365 (which I am loving, btw) and decided it was time to put a delicious spin on overnight oats.


Into the mix went quinoa flour, oats, unsweetened almond milk, protein powder, sliced almonds and raisins. I popped the mixture into the fridge overnight and woke up to a thick and protein packed overnight cereal. It’s definitely thicker than regular overnight oats and it has over 15 grams of protein per serving.


Vegan Overnight Quinoa Cereal

Makes 2 servings/Adapted from Quinoa 365


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flour**
  • 1 cup almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I use Sun Warrior)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 raisins
  • 1/4 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • sliced banana, for topping


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Scoop into serving bowls and top with sliced bananas .

This is super easy to make the night before and it’s so nice to wake up and have breakfast already made. It’s also great because the variety of mix-ins and toppings are limitless.

**I made the quinoa flour by blending regular quinoa in my Vita-mix. I’m not sure how it would work in regular blenders, but you could certainly give it a try. But, quinoa flour is also sold in health food stores or regular grocery stores that have a large gluten-free/organic selection.

In other non-quinoa news, Tuesday I was a guest on the Fitsmi radio show!! Fitsmi is a website for teenage girls who are struggling with their weight and ready to make a change. This site hits close to home and I was so excited to share my story and advice with the girls listening to the show last night. We talked about everything from my eating habits as a teen and how I lost my weight to kombucha and probiotics… it was a blast. If you want to check out the interview, the full recording is available here. You just have to promise not to laugh. I was nervous and said “um” and “a lot” way too many times :)

Alright, I have to run. I’ve got an early morning body pump class to attend.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren April 14, 2011 at 6:38 am

I’ve never used quinoa flour but I think I will have to now. The overnight oats look sensational!!! I’ve only ever used quinoa in the savory form but I keep seeing it used more and more for breakfast. I need to try this!!


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 14, 2011 at 6:53 am

I love quinoa! I have never eaten if for breakfast, but love overnight oats. This is definitely something I am going to be trying ASAP!


Douwe April 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

Can you tell me maybe more about sunwarrior product, is it really organic and vegan?


Eating Bird Food April 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Yup! It’s Bio-Fermented Raw Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein. It’s more digestible than other types of protein powder and tastes great. Check out their website for more info:


Gabby @ Gabbys Gluten Free April 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

Quinoa flakes are also great to mix in for VOO. Love love love them!


kate@ahealthypassion April 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

What a creative idea, I never thought to grind quinoa. I am definitely making this w/ my gluten free oats yumm and super healthy!


Heather Eats Almond Butter April 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

How cool you were on the Fistme radio show this morning Brittany. Sounds like a very cool website. I have the worst “um” habit – can’t help it when I get nervous.

Also have a quinoa habit. Love that stuff. I’ve been making the flour in my Vita-Mix as well, but I toast it first. Love the flavor so much more after toasting, and one of my readers told me it works just fine in her cheap blender. You may just have to stir the quinoa with a fork a few times in-between blending.

Love the idea of adding the flour to overnight oats. Need to try this soon!


Eating Bird Food April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thank you Heather! I’ll have to try toasting the quinoa before processing it into flour. That’s a fabulous idea!


Abby April 14, 2011 at 11:57 am

This sounds so yummy! What is your favorite kind of Kombucha?


Eating Bird Food April 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I LOVE kombucha! My favorite is GT’s Synergy – Trilogy. I also like the original, ginger-berry, ginger aid, strawberry and cranberry flavors.


Abby April 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I tried the GT Synergy Passionberry Bliss today! It was so tasty! :)


Eating Bird Food April 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

So glad you liked it Abby!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine April 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I love preparing breakfasts in jars…makes them so much more fun to eat!! The concept of quinoa flour really intrigues me, I want to give it a go!


Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

this is very creative! I wonder what it would be like with the whole grain in tact?


Eating Bird Food April 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Hi Emma. I don’t think it would work with the whole grain in tact because it wouldn’t soak up the liquid.


Dawn April 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Very cool! I liked your interview (you don’t sound nervous at all!), and I liked how you present yourself. You sound the same way you do on your blog — namely, balanced! I have always liked how you stay away from the idea of traditional “dieting,” and you focus more on making healthy choices and feeling good in your body. Healthy choices, indeed!


Eating Bird Food April 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thank you so much Dawn. I really appreciate the fact that you went and listened to the interview and left your feedback. :)


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Yum! I love me some overnight oats! I wonder if you could replace the oats with quinoa or rice flakes?? Only one way to find out! Hope you had fun in your body pump class!


BroccoliHut April 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Reason number 867 that I need a VitaMix.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Congrats on the Fitsmi radio show. That’s so awesome!

And the oats look delish, too!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 15, 2011 at 2:41 am

I had quinoa for dinner and I’m making quinoa pancakes in the a.m.! <3


megan @ the oatmeal diaries April 15, 2011 at 4:47 am

This breakfast looks PERFECT! It’s been chilly here in the mornings though so I’m thinking of making your quinoa flake bake tomorrow :)


Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I definitely need to try this especially since you told me it was more filling that just eating oats. It looks delicious! :D


eva @TheHealthyParty March 22, 2012 at 6:47 pm

ohhh looks really yummy and pretty :)


Charles March 28, 2012 at 8:03 am

This looks like a great recipe. Thanks:)

My daughter (9 years old) loves making parfets so she is going to love making this recipe.


carolyn January 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Do you have a calorie count on this?


shestudios January 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

Any idea the calories in this one?


Sabrina February 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

I tried to make the quinoa flour in a mini and cheap food processor and it didn’t work. I did not want to try it in my blender because the bag I bought is small and I thought I would have to use the whole thing and I need it in another recipe… So before reading the comments I decided to just put a quarter of a cup of the whole quinoa in there! Hope it works…. Lol Maybe it’s going to add some crunch!


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