Microwave Cinnamon Maple Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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 Microwave Cinnamon Maple Breakfast QuinoaHappy Monday! As you all read this, I should be en route to Salt Lake City to mix business with pleasure! It’s a quick trip to do some blogging/ecookbook stuff as well as meet up with my family. I’m going to be exhausted by the time I get home on Wednesday {what else is new…} but am so excited! Follow me on facebook or instagram to get the low down for the next few days.

Anyways, today I’m talking healthy food. A lot of you think I only eat Pepperoni Pizza Meatball Hoagies, Burgers, and Magic Bars all day because that’s all I post about. Well, that all is about to change. Friends, meet my breakfast quinoa. It’s warm, comforting, healthy, gluten free and will seriously keep you full ’til lunch {–>quinoa is pretty high in protein.}

I used to hate quinoa because it took forever to cook. {Read: I’m a procrastinating lazy pregnant lady.} But, I just experimented the other day by microwaving it and voila! 10 minutes later, I had breakfast! It was wonderful!

I cooked my rinsed quinoa in water, cinnamon and a tiny little bit of butter in the microwave until soft, then added in some extra goodies like more cinnamon, milk, maple syrup and bananas. It was so so good! Even my daughter thought it was yummy too!

Quinoa for the win!

 Microwave Cinnamon Maple Breakfast QuinoaFeel free to make a double or triple batch and keep it in the fridge for an even quicker breakfast.

A few notes: the cooking time will largely depend on how strong your microwave is. Mine is pretty deadly, so this quinoa was done fast. Also, cover your bowl as you cook it so you don’t have to keep adding in splashes of water to keep it cooking. Other then those two tips, I think that’s it! Enjoy!

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4.25 from 12 votes

Microwave Cinnamon Maple Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

A quick and healthy breakfast made in the microwave! This Cinnamon Maple Quinoa Breakfast Bowl recipe is SO GOOD!
servings 2 servings
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • milk or cream, to taste
  • maple syrup to taste
  • banana slices


  • Place quinoa in water and rinse well.
  • Drain quinoa, then stir in 1 cup cold water, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon butter.
  • Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir and microwave 3 more minutes. Remove from microwave,
  • cover with foil and sit 2 minutes. Fluff quinoa and stir in remaining butter. Divide between 2 bowls and top with milk, maple syrup, banana slices and cinnamon to taste.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
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  1. Stella

    Seems easy to prepare and I think I can make it more fun for my kids. Adding more fruits will make it more exciting. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Julie

    I would love to try this recipe but I’m extremely intolerant to dairy. Has anyone tried it with almond milk instead of coconut milk? Thanks!

  3. Teresa

    This recipe looks great! However, I tried cooking the quinoa in the microwave with the times you gave and it wasn’t cooked or fluffy even after I let it set. I then tried giving it a few more minutes in the microwave and it still did not cook like it would on the stovetop. Am I doing something wrong?

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  7. Lynn

    Wow. I can totally get down with this recipe! I recently fell in love with quinoa and this sounds right up my alley with the cinnamon!

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  14. Terese

    Just made this – it was amazing! It did take a lot longer in my microwave for some reason though. I think I’d rather make it on the stovetop. Instead of milk/cream, I stirred in a spoonful of Greek yogurt, which really made it nice and creamy, then topped with bananas and maple syrup. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  15. Reclaim Healthy

    This sounds delicious, but I’ll still use the stovetop! The micro takes 10 minutes, and more effort than the stove. The great thing about quinoa is you just bring it to a boil, turn to low, set the timer for 15, walk away, and you are done. Come back when the timer goes off, and you are good to go.

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  22. erin

    Quinoa really doesn’t take that long to cook-5 minutes in a boiling pot of water! Cooking stuff in the micro literally depletes most of the nutrients!

  23. barbara parker

    Quinoa is higher in protein than other grains so a bowl of this should ‘stay’ with you longer than, say, oatmeal or cream of wheat.

  24. Julie

    I’m allergic to cinnamon–But I love quinoa. And I’m gluten free. Any suggestions on what I could use? Would cocoa powder work?

  25. Coco

    Good morning, just made myself your quinoa breakfast recipe. Very good, very filling. Had to leave it longer in the microwave, because to crunchy to start with.
    Thanks for your recipe, love to get more.

  26. Clare Dempsey

    thanks for the microwave tip! Sometimes, we don’t have time as well. When I want quinoa that’s salty, I add sunflower seeds. Can’t wait to give this a try!

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  30. Jo Dawn Brown

    Thanks. I will try tomorrow before heading to the gym. I am looking for ways to add better foods for breakfast that will still sustain me until lunch.

  31. Amy @ Fun With Family and Fitness

    This looks delicious! I would love to try quinoa for breakfast and this looks like a perfectly easy way to try it! 🙂

  32. Lisa Frank

    This sounds delicious…now I can’t wait for breakfast! I’m going to try this in the morning with half water and half coconut milk. I think some fresh blueberries sounds like the perfect topping, too.

    Lisa 🙂

  33. Jenny

    I have heard using a rice cooker is perfect then you can make a batch and reheat really quick for breakfast! Of course I still need to try it.