Blueberry Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Blueberry Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Added Sugar, Easy Vegan Recipe

Easy |  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 15 minutes |  Yield: 4 servings

Quinoa, cinnamon, and frozen blueberries come together in this easy, healthy recipe.  Simmer a pot early in the week for plant-based, gluten-free vegan breakfasts throughout the week.  If you love this, you’ll also love Quick Peach Pecan Spiced OatmealBlueberry Buckwheat Pancakes, and Wild Blueberry Sweet Potato Muffins with Cardamom.


How it’s Done

To make the Blueberry Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl: In a medium pot, combine the quinoa with 4 cups of water. Cover, bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer.  Cook until the quinoa has “popped” and is starting to get creamy, about 12 minutes. Remove the lid and let cook until thickened to a porridge consistency, about 2-3 more minuntes.

Add the cinnamon and blueberries. Stir to combine. Cook 1 more minute, until cinnamon is aromatic.

Serve and enjoy!

Blueberry Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, No Added Sugar, Easy Vegan Recipe
Fresh summer blueberries shine in this recipe, but you can use frozen blueberries year-round

Chef Katie’s Tips

Stock your Pantry: All of the ingredients for this recipe can be kept on hand in your pantry and freezer. If items are on sale, buy extra for future batches of this recipe.

Cinnamon Varieties: Ceylon (aka “Sri Lankan”) cinnamon has a slightly nutty aroma and a lighter, sweeter flavor.  Its counterpart, Cassia cinnamon has a spicier kick.  Cassia cinnamon comes in varieties like Korintje, Indonesian, or Saigon.

No Sugar or Syrup?  I’m on a mission to get rid of empty calories.  They come from refined syrups and sugars like brown sugar, coconut sugar, and maple syrup.  The sweetness of the blueberries and spice from the cinnamon add plenty of healthy flavor.  If you want more, sparingly add your sweetener of choice.  I recommend chopped dates or Stevia for plant-based natural sweeteners.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4 g 6 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 2 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 17 mg 1 %
Potassium 505 mg 14 %
Total Carbohydrate 50 g 17 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 21 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 9 g 17 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 6 %
Calcium 5 %
Iron 34 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Nature’s Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa, 32 Ounce
  • Kirkland Saigon Cinnamon 10.7 Oz Bottles( Pack of 2) – 21.4 Oz Total
  • Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder 3.5 oz


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  • I just made this for myself and my 2 year old granddaughter for breakfast. I’m not a quinoa fan but I know how healthy it is so was hoping to love this. Since there isn’t a cook time specified I gave it 10 minutes (just when most of the water was absorbed). It doesn’t look at all as creamy/liquidy as the first picture. I added a little almond milk to our bowls along with some hemp seeds, nutritional yeast to my granddaughter’s, and a scoop of almond butter to both. It wasn’t bad but without those additions it was very bland. I have a LOT left and I will eat it (definitely with almond butter and almond milk) but don’t think I’d make it again.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Maureen. Quinoa isn’t for everyone – oatmeal is just as healthy. Great ideas to add almond milk and almond butter. Sometimes a little vanilla extract or Stevia can help too. Sometimes, I’ll also add a mashed banana during cooking – for extra sweetness. Or add the blueberries earlier — to get more juicy sweetness. Organic blueberries will have much more flavor than conventional. I’ll update the recipe to be more specific about the cooking time.