Brisk fall mornings call for a hot breakfast. It’s the best way to start your day when it’s cold outside! We rely on oatmeal many mornings, but sometimes we like to mix things up with a quinoa breakfast bowl instead. We love this apple cider quinoa – it’s sweet and flavorful, and super-simple to make. The protein-boost from quinoa makes this breakfast filling, too. It’s a great way to fuel up before a long day at school or work!

Apple Cider Quinoa Breakfast

Apple Cider Quinoa Breakfast

Serves 2 (can be easily doubled, tripled, or more!)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Toppings: diced or grated apple, chopped nuts, maple syrup

Apple Cider Quinoa Ingredients

Method:

If your quinoa does not come pre-washed, give it a good rinse in a mesh strainer before cooking. Add the quinoa, apple cider, and cinnamon to a pot and stir to combine.

Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, then let rest with the lid on for another 10 minutes.

While the quinoa is cooking, prep and gather your toppings. We like diced apple, chopped pecans, and just a little drizzle of maple syrup. You could also add raisins or dried cranberries, shredded coconut, or another chopped nut of your choice. The possibilities are endless!

Apple Cider Quinoa Toppings

After the quinoa has rested, fluff with a fork and serve! Cooking the quinoa in the apple cider makes it quite sweet, so we only add the tiniest bit of maple syrup for flavor. You could try honey instead if you don’t have any maple syrup on hand.  My older daughter likes to add a splash of milk, too. This dish is so easy to customize to a wide variety of tastes!

I love that this recipe is simple enough for my girls to make, plus it fills them up for the whole morning. Hope you enjoy one of our favorite fall breakfasts!

Apple Cider Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Apple Cider Quinoa Breakfast


Servings: 2
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Toppings: diced or grated apple, chopped nuts, maple syrup
Instructions
  1. If your quinoa does not come pre-washed, give it a good rinse in a mesh strainer before cooking. Add the quinoa, apple cider, and cinnamon to a pot and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a boil, then cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, then let rest with the lid on for another 10 minutes.
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, prep and gather your toppings. We like diced apple, chopped pecans, and just a little drizzle of maple syrup. You could also add raisins or dried cranberries, shredded coconut, or another chopped nut of your choice. The possibilities are endless!
  4. After the quinoa has rested, fluff with a fork and serve! Cooking the quinoa in the apple cider makes it quite sweet, so we only add the tiniest bit of maple syrup for flavor. You could try honey instead if you don't have any maple syrup on hand.
Recipe Notes

Can be easily doubled, tripled, or more!

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