Microwave Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa

Microwave Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa from www.laurenslatest.com Happy 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 Quinoa from www.laurenslatest.com Feel 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!

Microwave Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa

A quick and healthy breakfast!

Yield: 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.


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53 Responses to “Microwave Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa”

  1. #
    Jenny — March 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    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.


    • Ash — May 25th, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

      I only use my rice cooker for quinoa any more. Same ratios, just set to BOIL/SIMMER for 18 minutes and walk away.


      • Shaun — October 1st, 2014 @ 11:31 am

        I agree! Quinoa in the rice cooker is a “no-brainer “!!

  2. #
    Lisa Frank — March 10, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    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 :)


    • Leanne — May 21st, 2013 @ 8:35 am

      Oh I wish I would have seen your comment before I started making it, using half coconut milk sounds delish!


  3. #
    Maria — March 11, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Perfect breakfast!


  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 11, 2013 at 7:23 am

    This looks like the perfect way to start the day! Yum!


  5. #
    Kathy — March 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I have been making breakfast quinoa for a few months now. I love that you can make it in the microwave!


  6. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Ooo, this sounds fabulous!


  7. #
    Laura — March 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I need to try this whole quinoa for breakfast thing. I swear, what isn’t the stuff good for? Sounds great!


  8. #
    Amy @ Fun With Family and Fitness — March 11, 2013 at 11:26 am

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


  9. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — March 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I just fell in love with quinoa… so this is on my to try list for sure!


  10. #
    Jo Dawn Brown — March 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    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.


  11. #
    Tieghan — March 13, 2013 at 4:51 am

    This looks so much better than oatmeal! I can not wait to try it!


  12. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — March 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I’m game for anything with maple in for breakfast! I’m going to have to try this recipe!


  13. #
    Kendra — March 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Yum! This looks so delicious. When you have a second do you think you could email me? I have a quick question about “Lauren’s Latest”…thank you ! :)


  14. #
    Clare Dempsey — March 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    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!


  15. #
    Coco — April 2, 2013 at 3:55 am

    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.


  16. #
    Mary Hone — April 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Yumm, I love quinoa anyway, and a hot breakfast is always great.


  17. #
    Julie — June 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    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?


    • Lauren — June 13th, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

      Maybe try a little nutmeg.


  18. #
    barbara parker — June 19, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    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.


  19. #
    erin — August 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    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!


  20. #
    Reclaim Healthy — February 7, 2014 at 8:51 am

    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.


  21. #
    Terese — February 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    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!


  22. #
    Lynn — July 13, 2014 at 7:05 am

    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!


  23. #
    Teresa — January 6, 2015 at 5:51 am

    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?


  24. #
    Julie — June 21, 2015 at 4:13 am

    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!



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