Serve quinoa for breakfast with this warm fruity quinoa breakfast bowl. Loaded with fresh fruit, cacao nibs and a maple syrup drizzle, this bowl is the perfect start to your day. Vegan and gluten-free.  

Overhead shot of Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowls with chopped fresh fruit, served in white bowls on wood table.

Oh my goodness, I CAN NOT wait to share my Tulum Travel Guide with you. I’m working on the full recap now, but in the meantime I have this cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl recipe to share that was inspired by my trip.

Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with chopped fresh fruit, served in a white bowl on wood table.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl Inspired by My Trip to Tulum

One morning Laurel and I had breakfast at Canopia, a cute little restaurant connected to Yoga Shala that served breakfast/brunch in the morning and Thai cuisine at night. We never made it back for Thai, but the breakfast was delicious.

Laurel had Huevos Motuleños and I had the cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl. I almost went for eggs as well, but once I saw the description for the cinnamon quinoa bowl… it was a done a deal.

Lots of restaurants in Tulum had some sort of cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl on the menu, but this one was called Early Bird so it was obvious that I had to get it.

Overhead shot of Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowls with chopped fresh fruit, served in white bowls on wood table.

So happy I did because it was amazing — warm cinnamon-spiked quinoa with tons of fresh tropical fruit, ginger, crunchy cacao nibs and a hint of sweetness. One bite and I knew I’d be recreating the bowl at home.

And it didn’t take long. Maria came over yesterday, we whipped up a couple bowls and I’m sharing the recipe with you today. I have quite a few recipes on deck to share, but for some reason I felt the need to share this one first so here you go!

For this version I skipped the fresh ginger and sweetened the quinoa with a little maple syrup. With all the fresh fruit I only really needed a drizzle of maple syrup (like 1 Tablespoons or so), but feel free add as much or as a little as you like. And the fruit is up to you as well. I kept with the Mexican theme and used tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and banana, as well as blueberries and three different types of melon. You can use whatever fruit you have on hand!

If you make this quinoa breakfast bowl, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Overhead shot of Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowls with chopped fresh fruit, served in white bowls on wood table and glass of milk.

Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Serve quinoa for breakfast with this warm cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl. Loaded with fresh fruit, cacao nibs and a maple syrup drizzle, this bowl is the perfect start to your day.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup non-diary milk (I used unsweetened vanilla cashew milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh fruit (bananas, pineapple, cantaloupe, blueberries, watermelon, honeydew and mango)


  1. Rinse and drain quinoa.
  2. Place water, almond milk and quinoa into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, add cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Watch the pot carefully because it has a tendency to want to boil over. Remove from heat and let pot sit, covered for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and fluff quinoa before portioning into two bowls. Top with cacao nibs, fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. You can also add additional milk if you want more moisture.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 94g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 14g

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    1. Jessica Kaminski
      June 30, 2019 AT 10:05 am

      I just made this for the first time and it was really good! I put strawberries and bananas in it with a touch more salt and milk once it was cooked. Very tasty!

    2. Sasha Jamison
      November 15, 2018 AT 3:33 am

      Quinoa’s found its way into my salads, my soups, and now my breakfast bowls for the week!

    3. Adiaty
      October 18, 2017 AT 9:04 am

      I am interesting with the Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl. Thank you for sharing such a good recipe.

    4. Linda
      May 11, 2017 AT 6:42 pm

      Just tried the cinnamon quinoa breakfast bowl. Delicious! First time I’ve tried quinoa. Yum! I did substitute a little honey for the maple syrup just trying to cut a few calories off. Is the 456 cal per serving or for the entire recipe ?

    5. Ashley Diana
      March 31, 2017 AT 6:36 pm

      I love how you’ve used quinoa for breakfast, i’d have never thought of that! I’ll definitely give this a go! Also, your gold spoons are amazing! ????

    6. Jai Want
      March 15, 2017 AT 1:27 am

      This is amazing and I love to try this one also…………..

    7. Sou
      March 12, 2017 AT 3:52 pm

      I have been following your blog for over a year and often shared your awesome recipes to my own blog readers. I have been suffering from Eczema since I was born. Diet is one the main culprits for most skin flareups and I find vegetables and fruits are key to minimizing it. Your recipes I find is very attractive, making it easier and fun to do/follow.

      I just wanted to comment and let you know that I love everything you are doing!


    8. Naomi
      March 9, 2017 AT 4:44 pm

      So sorry about your website scare and so glad everything seems to up and running again. This quinoa looks amazing! That rainbow of fruit. <3 Also, I love those gold spoons.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 9, 2017 AT 5:00 pm

        Thank you so much, Naomi. I was so happy when I found out things were working this morning! Oh and I got the gold spoons at Target. 🙂

    9. Kori
      March 9, 2017 AT 3:51 pm

      I’m so sorry about that stressful snafu, but this recipe looks and sounds incredible! I can’t wait to read about your trip!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 9, 2017 AT 5:00 pm

        Thanks Kori! I’m so excited to share all about Tulum.

    10. Izzy
      March 9, 2017 AT 3:14 pm

      This is such a good idea – I would never have thought to do quinoa for breakfast! x
      Izzy |

    11. Carrie this fit chick
      March 9, 2017 AT 9:50 am

      YES to all that fresh fruit!! I never would have thought to have quinoa at breakfast time, but it is SO versatile I can see how this works!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 9, 2017 AT 5:01 pm

        It’s so delicious with all the fresh fruit, especially the mango and pineapple!

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