Vegan Quinoa Breakfast Bake Recipe

Considering I eat nearly the same thing day in and day out (I’m looking at you, Microwave Banana Oatmeal and Flour Free Pancake) for breakfast, I finally decided it was time to mix things up. Introducing: a vegan Quinoa Breakfast Bake recipe! It’s gluten free, too.

quinoa breakfast bake recipe

I created this recipe as part of my ongoing recipe development partnership with Almond Breeze almond milk. As you guys know, I love regular milk in lattes/coffee, but I like mixing it up when it comes to baking and smoothies!

This breakfast is especially awesome because you can make it over the weekend and enjoy it all week.


As usual, I made this recipe quick and easy. It does require a bit of baking time, but the hands on time is minimal.

Simply assemble your ingredients (no need to pre-cook the quinoa – it should be raw!)…

quinoa breakfast bake ingredients

Throw them all into a bowl together and mix…

quinoa breakfast bake ingredients 1

Then pour into a baking dish (mine is 10×10 and 1.5 inches deep) and pop it in the oven! It will be quite liquid-y, but don’t worry. The raw quinoa will suck up a lot of that moisture as it cooks!

quinoa breakfast bake

hot quinoa breakfast

The final step, after 40 minutes in the oven, is to throw some walnuts on top. Bake 10 more minutes and you’re all set!


Voila – breakfast is served. This would be great for a group, too! It’s versatile – you can enjoy it on its own, as a warm cereal with more almond milk poured over it, etc! Feel free to get creative. It’s pretty crumbly, though, so don’t expect to be able to pick it up with your hand and eat it as a bar. (For that, try my Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars!)


So there you have it – a complete breakfast in one bite. Protein (quinoa) + healthy fat (walnuts and flaxseed) + fiber (apple) + sweetness and flavor without needing to add any additional sugar (sweetened vanilla almond milk). That said, if you use unsweetened almond milk, you’ll want to add some maple syrup or something to add a little sweetness.


Here’s the full recipe. Let me know how you like it!

Serves MAKES10 TO 12     adjust servings

Quinoa Breakfast Bake

Prep Time 10 MINUTES Prep Time
Cook Time 50 MINUTES Cook Time
Total Time 1 hr Total Time


  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups sweetened vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk
  • 1 extra large or 2 medium apples, diced
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except walnuts and mix.
  3. Pour into baking dish.
  4. Bake 40 minutes. Remove from oven, top with walnuts, and bake 10 more minutes.
  5. Serve warm, with an extra shake of cinnamon. Enjoy!


Are you a quinoa-for-breakfast fan? I’ve always thought about making a hot cereal from it but never remember in time to cook it first!

p.s. Love make-ahead baked breakfasts like this? Check out my Oatmeal Breakfast Bake and Simple Baked Oatmeal recipes, too!


Thank you to my friends at Almond Breeze for sponsoring this post. Previous Almond Breeze sponsored recipe creations (yes, I’ve been working with them for a long time!):


  1. 1

    YUM. This could take my quinoa obsession to a whole new level ;)

  2. 2

    I eat the same thing for bfast everyday, oatmeal with the same toppings, and never get tired of it! I’ve never tried quinoa for bfast before, and haven’t had it in a sweet dish before.

  3. 3

    Nailed it! Looks so good! Quinoa flakes though are my go-hot cereal! SOOO yummy!

  4. 4

    Ooh some girls I’m working with in a challenge group wanted more quinoa recipes. I’ll share this with them! :)

  5. 6

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it this weekend! What can I use if I don’t have apple spice? Would cinnamon taste just as good?

  6. 8

    This looks delicious! I definitely want to try it out.
    I notice that you use flaxseed a lot in your recipes. Is there a good substitute for it? Just wondering. :)

  7. 10

    This sounds yummy and I am excited to try it soon!
    This post is timely as I was just looking on your site the other day to see what you think of almond milk. I have been drinking it for years but have been hearing some things lately that are concerning about almond milk in general as being a highly processed food, and about the ingredient carrageenan in particular. I was hoping to get your thoughts about this, as so much of what you read on the internet is from less-than-credible sources! Thanks!

    • 11

      Good question! Regarding carageenan, I feel like you need to choose your battles, and carageenan is not one of mine. If I were eating carageenan straight I might be worried but in the tiny quantities it’s in almond milk, I’m not concerned. Of course, if they decide to take it out, great! But it’s not an ingredient that I particularly focus on avoiding. To each their own, though!

      • 12
        Catherine says

        Thank you for your reply. I agree about picking your battles. If I tried to adhere to every bit of “advice” about food I would probably not have much to eat!

  8. 13

    Looks good! I tried having quinoa flakes one time for breakfast and my mouth was not having it. That being said, they are great to use in chocolate chip cookies, but I don’t think I like such an earthy taste first thing in the morning.

  9. 14

    Ha ha, 50 minutes for the breakfast, you are kidding, right?

    • 15

      This is a make-ahead recipe — make it on the weekend or when you have time, then just warm up it during the week for a fast and easy meal!

  10. 16

    Look awesoMe. Could never eat just one, though!

  11. 17

    I am also guilty of eating the same thing over and over again at breakfast. My current breakfast of choice is 2 eggs with a grapefruit. I once made a quinoa breakfast dish using a slow cooker rice pudding recipe but subbed it with the quinoa instead and added some fruit. It was really good!

  12. 18

    Oh wow quinoa for breakfast!! That’s such a good idea and looks amazing <3

  13. 19

    Wow!! This looks SO good! I love quinoa, but I haven’t used it for breakfast yet… I think I am definitely going to have to try it.

  14. 20

    I made this today. I used a banana instead of apple, regular milk, and some maple syrup and it was yummy!

  15. 21

    This looks super yummy. I have been wondering how to use our quinoa, besides just cooking it like rice. :-) I’m going to pin this for later.

  16. 22

    thanks for the recipes .

  17. 23
    Joni Warren says

    Just found your site. Just what I have been looking for. Shared it with my daughter who is also looking for healthy meals for her family.
    Made this today. Very yummy and now I have my breakfast made for the week. Thank you. Joni

  18. 25

    Do you grease the pan with anything? And…could I put this together night before and bake in the am?

    • 26

      Yes, I would grease the pan! And I think it should work okay to prep the night before — the quinoa may absorb a lot of liquid though so you may need to add a little more liquid in the morning, and then cook it for a shorter time. Give it a shot and let us know how it goes!

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