Apple Cinnamon Overnight Quinoa


Turn leftover quinoa into a protein-packed breakfast with this simple apple cinnamon overnight quinoa recipe. It’s similar to overnight oats but made with quinoa and absolutely delicious!

Quinoa for breakfast?!? It’s a good thing, I promise! I’ve actually made quinoa overnight oats with quinoa flour before, but hadn’t ever tried making a version with plain quinoa.

I’ve thought about making overnight quinoa many times because we pretty much always have cooked quinoa in the fridge. The only reason I waited so long to try my hand at it is that I was a little worried that, unlike rolled oats, the cooked quinoa wouldn’t absorb much of the liquid and that I’d wake up to itty quinoa bits floating in almond milk. Although now that I think about it, that wouldn’t be a bad thing — just more like quinoa cereal and not what I was going for.

Two tall, narrow glass jars with apple cinnamon overnight quinoa. There are two spoons and some apple slices on the table.

To make sure much of the almond milk did get absorbed I added some chia seeds and protein powder to the mix. They worked perfectly and also give the breakfast an added boost of nutrition. If you like chia seed pudding you’ll like overnight quinoa because the texture is very similar.

Ingredients For Apple Cinnamon Overnight Quinoa

  • quinoa – dry, uncooked quinoa that has been rinsed. As you probably noticed, the quinoa in the photos is a lovely shade of red. That’s because I used Ancient Harvest’s Organic Inca Red Quinoa. Red and white quinoa are nutritionally the same, but I’ve found that red seems a bit more firm, holds its shape better and takes a bit longer to cook. It’s also really pretty — especially in quinoa parfaits or salads.
  • non-dairy milk – or water. I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk, but coconut milk or oat milk would also be delicious. Regular cow’s milk works too.
  • chia seeds – help soak up the liquid and give this breakfast quinoa a great texture.
  • vanilla protein powder – any vanilla protein powder works. My favorite brand is Nuzest which is plant-based and has a minimal, clean ingredient list. You can use my code eatingbirdfood for 15% off your order.
  • cinnamon and vanilla – to amp up the flavor!
  • apple – chopped apple chunks
  • maple syrup – my favorite natural sweetener! You can subsitute another liquid sweetner like stevia or monk fruit if you prefer.
A glass jar of overnight quinoa is in focus with a blurry glass in the background.

Is Quinoa Better Than Oatmeal?

If you’ve been reading EBF for a while, you already know that quinoa is one of my favorite grains (even though it’s actually a seed, I think of it as a grain). Not only is it high in protein, but the protein that it supplies is complete, meaning it includes all nine essential amino acids. Plus, it’s gluten free, which is perfect for those avoiding wheat and gluten.

I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s “better” than oatmeal because I think both grains are great! If I *had* to tell you what to eat, I’d tell you to eat a healthy mix of both.

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Quinoa

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Turn leftover quinoa into a protein-packed breakfast with this simple apple cinnamon overnight quinoa recipe. It's similar to overnight oats but made with quinoa and absolutely delicious!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Quinoa -- Turn leftover quinoa into a protein-packed breakfast with this simple, seasonal apple cinnamon overnight quinoa recipe that's gluten-free and vegan.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • ¾ cup cooked red or white quinoa
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ apple, chopped
  • 2-3 drops liquid stevia or 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, optional


  • Place all ingredients in a container and stir to combine. Cover and let sit in the fridge at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Remove from fridge, give the mixture a stir and enjoy!


  • I used liquid vanilla stevia to sweeten up the mixture a bit. Maple syrup or another natural sweetener would work well too.


Serving: 1 Calories: 336kcal Carbohydrates: 49g Protein: 15g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 242mg Fiber: 14g Sugar: 9g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cinnamon quinoa, breakfast quinoa


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    1. LaurenKellyNutrition
      August 30, 2016 AT 9:14 pm

      I love this so much! And I love using red or try-color quinoa too. I am pinning this to make later 🙂

    2. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
      August 30, 2016 AT 7:40 am

      Great use of leftover quinoa! Great idea to add the chia seeds and protein powder. This is definitely a protein packed way to start your day!

    3. jesusan
      October 8, 2015 AT 11:56 am

      Had this for breakfast this morning, and am sorry to say that we were disappointed in it. It came out very runny, and did not have much apple flavor. I think I’ll be going back to oats…

    4. emily
      August 24, 2015 AT 12:14 am

      Oh yes! Love the idea of using quinoa instead of oats!

    5. oatsandrows
      August 22, 2015 AT 11:40 am

      Next time I have apples on hand, this is happening!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 24, 2015 AT 1:43 pm

        Woo-hoo! Let me know how it turns out. 🙂

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