Coconut Breakfast Quinoa Recipe

Cool fall mornings mean that hot breakfasts are officially back in my rotation. This comforting and satisfying Coconut Breakfast Quinoa recipe (vegan, gluten free) is easy to make and as healthy as it is delicious! Whip up a batch to enjoy all week – it’s great reheated, and also makes a good afternoon snack!

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You guys know I’m a huge quinoa fan – I even wrote a post back in 2013 sharing quinoa nutrition highlights and my best quinoa recipes. Not only is quinoa delicious, but it is packed with protein (double the amount in the same serving of brown rice – and quinoa is a complete protein, so it contains all the essential amino acids), full of iron (1 serving = 20% of our daily iron needs) and antioxidants, and a good source of fiber, too. Sweet!

With the exception of my Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars and Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars, I usually have quinoa in a more savory form, tossing it over salad, stirring it into soup, or serving it with a protein and veggies for dinner (my Pesto Baked Salmon is great with quinoa). But it makes an excellent porridge for breakfast, too!

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Quinoa breakfast porridge is a fun way to mix it up from oatmeal. The texture is creamy but slightly chewy, and it stores well in the fridge, too. Make a batch of this ahead of time and then eat it all week – just rehydrate it with a little milk of your choice if it gets too dry, and then reheat in the microwave for a minute or two.

The quinoa in this recipe is cooked in coconut milk, which adds a very creamy texture and nice flavor, but if you aren’t a fan any other kind of milk/alternative milk would also work. Feel free to get creative!

coconut breakfast quinoa ingredients

To make this recipe, simply dump everything in a pan, bring to a boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has boiled off and the quinoa is tender and an oatmeal texture. Don’t let it get too dry – it will harden some more as it cools. Then, add some toppings and dig in!

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Here’s the full recipe. It makes a great breakfast or snack, and you can enjoy it warm or cold (it’s good with yogurt stirred in). I reheated some this morning and had it topped with berries and slivered almonds – delicious! Enjoy!

Serves 4     adjust servings

Coconut Breakfast Quinoa

Prep Time
Cook Time 20 MINUTES Cook Time
Total Time 20 mins Total Time


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can (13 to 15 oz) coconut milk (regular or light)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • Optional toppings: bananas, berries, coconut flakes, sliced nuts, etc


  1. Combine all ingredients (except optional toppings) in a medium pot. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the quinoa to simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and thickened (look for the consistency of oatmeal).
  3. Serve immediately or store in the fridge and heat up or serve cold throughout the week!


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What’s your favorite way to enjoy quinoa?


  1. 1

    Oh my gosh…this breakfast bowl is calling my name :-)

  2. 2

    This recipe looks delightful! The restaurant in the Four Seasons Vancouver, YEW, serves a similar warm quinoa breakfast that was so tasty – red quinoa, banana, peanut putter, almonds, coconut + dried strawberries. The perfect breakfast for a rainy fall morning :-)

  3. 4

    Mmmm…I haven’t tried the breakfast quinoa trend yet but I do love quinoa! Sounds so good!!

  4. 5

    I’ve never tried coconut in quinoa..need to try this out! Looks yummy!

  5. 6

    That looks delicious!
    If I wanted to make it with regular milk, would I need 1 cup of it?

  6. 8

    This looks scrumptious! I’ve been trying to go dairy-free, and the hardest meal for me to sub is breakfast, as I usually have a big bowl of yogurt. This sounds like a great protein-packed alternative.

  7. 10

    This looks delicious, I meant to grab some quinoa yesterday at the store and forgot. thanks for sharing

  8. 11

    Looks great! And, of course, quinoa in a salad….

  9. 12

    This sounds delicious and super easy to make! What a perfect swap for my morning oats!

  10. 13

    Yum! I never thought to do quinoa for breakfast!

  11. 14

    Quinoa is one of my favorite things to eat and this looks delicious! One thing to remember is to always rinse your quinoa with cool water before you use it. It has a coating on it that makes it bitter if you don’t.

  12. 15

    That looks amazing! What kind of quinoa do you buy? The colors of this quinoa are beautiful!

  13. 17

    Can I substitute with almond milk?

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