11 High-Protein Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse. This whole grain is full of nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium, and vitamin E. It is also a complete vegan protein with approximately 8g protein per 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

Though quinoa is usually associated with savory dishes like quinoa salad, grain bowls, and more, quinoa also makes for a great breakfast food. Since it is high in plant-based protein and complex carbohydrates, quinoa breakfast recipes are a great way to start the day.

If you’re skeptical about replacing your morning bowl of cereal or oatmeal with quinoa, give these breakfast recipes a try and you’ll be a morning quinoa convert soon enough.

Vegan Breakfast Quinoa

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Looking for a basic quinoa breakfast bowl recipe? This vegan breakfast quinoa recipe from The Spruce Eats will show you the basics of how to make quinoa a new breakfast staple.

The recipe calls for uncooked quinoa, so it takes a little bit longer to cook but it still comes together in under 20 minutes from start to finish. Start by bringing uncooked quinoa and milk of your choice to a boil. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes while you prepare the desired toppings like fruit, nuts, and sweetener. Add more milk if you like a creamier texture.

You can also make this quinoa recipe ahead of time and portion it out throughout the week to save on time during busy mornings.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Peanut butter and jelly is a perfect topping for morning quinoa bowls, especially if you normally eat cereal or peanut butter toast for breakfast. Like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, smoothies, and oatmeal bowls, this peanut butter and jelly quinoa breakfast bowl recipe from Verywell Fit incorporates some familiar flavors.

You’ll only need 10 minutes of your time and four simple ingredients: quinoa, milk of your choice, peanut butter, and frozen raspberries. This recipe comes together much quicker when you have cooked quinoa ready to go.

Using fruit instead of store bought jelly is a nutritious substitution. Jellies and jams contain natural sugar from fruit, but they also often contain added sugars. Use fresh or frozen fruit to add a bit of sweetness to this quinoa breakfast recipe.

Blueberry Vanilla Quinoa Bowl

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When you’re unsure how to flavor your quinoa bowl for breakfast, you can’t go wrong with blueberries and vanilla extract, as you'll see in this blueberry vanilla quinoa bowl recipe from The Spruce Eats.

Since quinoa has a mild flavor, rely on the toppings you love to jazz it up. You’ll see that a bowl of warm quinoa will remind you of your comforting oatmeal. In fact, this recipe will remind you of warm cereal.

This quinoa bowl can be eaten cold, so it’s perfect for meal prepping in advance. Carve out a few minutes on the weekend to make this recipe in a big batch. Then, your delicious and nutritious breakfast will be ready to go all week long. 

Spinach and Quinoa Breakfast Mini Quiche

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If you love savory breakfast recipes made with eggs and spinach, you will enjoy this spinach and quinoa breakfast mini quiche recipe from Verywell Fit. The recipe yields nine mini quiches, which can feed a small family or be divided up over the course of several days.

Since it is made with eggs, spinach, cheese, bacon, and seasonings, you may not even notice the quinoa. This is a great way to sneak in some whole grains into your diet if you are not a fan of the taste or texture of quinoa, but want to reap the nutritional benefits.

Plus, each serving contains 10g protein and 5g carbohydrates, making it a high-protein but low-carb breakfast option. It is also low in calories with just 132 calories per serving.

Vegan Chocolate Banana Breakfast Quinoa

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If you have a sweet tooth, this vegan chocolate banana breakfast quinoa recipe from The Spruce Eats is for you. Instead of using plain milk or non-dairy milk, this recipe calls for chocolate soy milk for added flavor. Combined with a spoonful of cocoa powder, this quinoa bowl is a chocolate lover’s dream.

Though it's on the sweeter side, this breakfast recipe is still full of nutrients. It contains a full banana, which is rich in folate, potassium, vitamin C, and choline. The quinoa is also responsible for the 5g protein per serving. If you follow a low-fat diet, this recipe only contains 2g fat per serving. It’s also vegan-friendly.

Berry Balsamic Quinoa Bowl

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Some breakfasts are savory and sweet, which is perfect for when you can’t decide what you are in the mood for. On those days, try this berry balsamic quinoa bowl recipe from Verywell Fit.

It calls for some savory ingredients like quinoa, goat cheese, walnuts, and spinach. On the sweet side, you have balsamic vinegar, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Together, this bowl is the perfect medley of flavors.

Each serving contains 16g protein from protein sources like quinoa, walnuts, and spinach. If you follow a high-protein diet, try a vegetarian-friendly breakfast like this one.

Anti-Inflammatory Quinoa and Asparagus Mushroom Frittata

Anti-Inflammatory Quinoa and Asparagus-Mushroom Frittata

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A frittata is similar to quiche or mini egg cups. This is a clever way to enjoy a savory breakfast that also sneaks in servings of vegetables first thing in the morning. This anti-inflammatory quinoa and asparagus mushroom frittata recipe from Verywell Fit takes a unique approach to a classic breakfast recipe.

It comes together in 35 minutes and makes four servings, so it’s perfect for small families on a relaxed weekend morning. First, sauté the veggies in a skillet. Then, add the remaining ingredients. When thoroughly combined, transfer to a baking dish and bake until cooked through.

Each serving contains just 280 calories but it’s packed with 20g protein. It’s also lower in carbs with just 18g carbohydrates per serving. Finally, 14g healthy fats come from sources like eggs, cheese, olive oil, and milk.

Maple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

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If you like pancakes and waffles, you'll enjoy this maple cinnamon breakfast quinoa recipe from The Spruce Eats since it calls for ample maple syrup, vegan margarine, and banana slices. 

This is the perfect breakfast recipe to make when you have leftover cooked quinoa in the fridge. In addition to the quinoa, you’ll need water, milk, vegan margarine, fruit, cinnamon, and maple syrup. 

When your quinoa is cooked ahead of time, this recipe only takes a few minutes to warm up and combine all ingredients. On busy mornings, a quick and easy quinoa breakfast recipe like this one will come in handy.

Savory Quinoa Egg Muffins With Spinach

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Muffin pans aren’t just for pastries. You can also make this savory quinoa egg muffins recipe by The Spruce Eats which is full of grains like quinoa and veggies like spinach and onion. Since the recipe calls for eggs and cheese, you may hardly notice the quinoa. But it will help bulk up the egg muffins while boosting the protein and fiber content.

People who love savory dishes will particularly enjoy this recipe since it calls for seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, vegetable broth, salt, and pepper. This is a prime example of a quinoa breakfast recipe that is full of flavor and nutrients without being complex or time-consuming.

Vegan Quinoa Breakfast Porridge With Strawberries

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Swap out the oats in any oatmeal recipe with quinoa and you’ll have a hearty breakfast that is even higher in protein. This vegan quinoa breakfast porridge with strawberries recipe from The Spruce Eats is a great entryway into making quinoa for breakfast. When you realize that quinoa is a versatile grain just like oats, the breakfast options are unlimited. 

You can get creative with toppings like jam, coconut flakes, agave nectar, and almond milk, or you can stick to the basics like strawberries, walnuts, and brown sugar. A tasty and healthy quinoa breakfast recipe like this one doesn’t have to be complicated.

Breakfast Quinoa With Chocolate and Peanut Butter

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Like jelly, chocolate also pairs well with peanut butter. This breakfast quinoa with chocolate and peanut butter recipe from The Spruce Eats is perfect for those who love that combo any time of the day. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare and contains a whopping 19g protein per serving. 

You’ll only need five simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand: quinoa, milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. To add more nutrients, top with a mixture of fruits and nuts.

A Word From Verywell

Oatmeal, cereal, toast, pancakes, and waffles are not the only breakfast options. You can enjoy a healthy breakfast that is full of classic breakfast flavors like maple syrup and peanut butter that is also quick and easy to make. While many quinoa breakfast recipes are sweet, many are also savory.

Next time you are looking for new breakfast recipes to mix it up, try one of these quinoa breakfast recipes. They are full of whole grains that are rich in fiber, protein, and other nutrients.

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