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Microwave Cinnamon Maple Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

4.25 from 4 votes

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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!

4.25 from 4 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 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 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. CWlaz

    3 stars
    Had this for breakfast this morning & we felt it was just “okay”
    Didn’t have to choke it down, but not inspired to make it again.

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    5 stars
    I really like this simple, healthy recipe for breakfast quinoa. I can’t remember how I first came across it, but It’s one of the first recipes I tried when investigating quinoa and helped me learn to like it. For some reason I’ve yet to actually make it in the microwave. I usually make a bigger batch and reheat it all week. It’s on my regular breakfast rotation. Thanks! 🙂

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  10. Vanessa

    Thank you for such a great recipe! I made it without the banana and milk and it was plenty sweet and very satisfying. Definitely gets a slot in my breakfast rotation!

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  16. Michelle

    How long are you supposed to soak the quinoa before rinsing then adding the cinnamon & butter? I tried it this morning but I don’t think I did it right… haha I’m a newbie!

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  19. Jennifer

    In less than 25 hours, we’ll be leaving for the hospital for my husband’s major surgery. (Please pray for our strength!)
    Since we won’t have use of our regular kitchen and appliances, I think this recipe will be a great choice for our situation. Sounds delicious and fragrant enough, too, that others will be jealous! LOL! Who knows? Maybe we’ll be a new trendsetter!!!!!

  20. Tara Woodrum

    This recipe sounds so good. I struggle with eating a healthy AND filling breakfast. I’m going to try this tomorrow!

  21. Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet

    I had no idea that quinoa could be prepared in the microwave! Can’t wait to enjoy it on my busy mornings also now 🙂

  22. Maribeth

    Loved it! My 1 year old loved it too. It did boil over in the microwave and make a mess so I would use my rice cooker next time. I found this recipe when I searched for PALEO quinoa breakfast recipes, and I can’t use butter so I subbed coconut oil and it worked great!

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