Apple Pie Quinoa

by Kate on February 24, 2014

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Hey, hey, hooray! Why am I so happy? Because I have a new favorite breakfast that kinda feels like having something a little like dessert yet it’s actually healthy. What’s not to love about that? I’m calling this creation apple pie quinoa because man oh man, the caramelized cinnamon kissed apples in here taste just like warm apple pie. I’m pretty much a fiend for pies of all kinds. I love classic pies, inventive pies, even savory pies! You can check out this drool worthy collection of Prolific Pies if you love pies as much as I do.

The beauty of eating this apple pie quinoa for breakfast is that it can boast that it’s high in protein thanks to that lovely fluffy quinoa as the main ingredient. Next those apples that sound so decadent? Well, only a tiny bit of brown sugar goes into sweetening them just a touch. I’m starting to feel like cheering again! After a healthy start to my day by enjoying this apple pie quinoa, I quickly came to realize this is just the thing to calm your sweet tooth. Later in the afternoon I wanted a little something sweet and I chose to have a small bowl of this quinoa. It was perfect! Just sweet enough to satisfy my craving without sabotaging my efforts to keep my waistline in check.

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This will definitely be a recipe that will enter into regular rotation in our home. My girls loved having it for their afternoon snack and I felt really good about giving it to them. I know you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did.



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Apple Pie Quinoa

20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Apple Pie Quinoa

Caramelized cinnamon-kissed apples folded into quinoa for a healthy breakfast to start your day.


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 apples, cored and diced
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup skim milk


  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. Set aside.
  2. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat. Add apples. Sauté apples until caramelized and tender. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over apples and stir to coat. Add milk to the skillet then cooked quinoa and remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter. Gently fold all the ingredients together. Serve warm.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction February 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I would love to eat apple pie for breakfast! This sounds like a great way to get out of a breakfast rut!


Miroslav Jesensky February 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

This looks so tasty! Will definately try it.


Beth @ Walloping Teaspoon February 25, 2014 at 9:57 pm

That looks so good! I’ve been pondering ways to get quinoa into breakfast lately, and this seems like just the thing.


Kate February 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Beth! I hope you enjoy it. It’s become a regular morning treat for us around here.


Jersey Girl Cooks February 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Love this! I am bookmarking to make soon. So comforting but so healthy!


Kate February 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I hope you enjoy it Lisa! We are loving it around here.


Tina Muir February 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

Ooooooh great idea! I only recently discovered breakfast quinoa, and it was AMAZING! This is a new one, will have to give it a try! Yum! I love coming back from my runs and having a good hearty breakfast to keep me going….for a few hours till I am hungry again, but thats what high mileage does for you! I am the biggest sweet tooth also (yes, even elite athletes can be sweet tooth’s), so this would be perfect!


Kate February 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Tina! I hope you enjoy it. It’s become something I make weekly (sometimes twice!). It’s a regular breakfast for us and my girls love it for their afternoon snack too!


Shawna March 1, 2014 at 9:49 pm

I’m sorry but I don’t know if I’m missing something or what. You call for 1 tbsp of butter but I only see where you use 1/2 when you put it in the skillet to melt. What do you do with the other 1/2 tbsp of butter?



Kate March 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

My apologies Shawna. I neglected to write in that the second 1/2 tablespoon of butter gets stirred in at the end. I’ve edited the recipe to reflect that. I apologize for the confusion. Hope you enjoy this!


Ashley March 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hi! This sounds so delightful — and who can say no to healthy comfort food?! I have a quick question about the recipe directions though. The second step says to add “Add 1/2 tablespoon to a skillet and melt”. I’m assuming this is referring to the butter? Just wanted to clarify!


Kate March 2, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Ashley! And sorry for not being more specific. Whoops! I’ve edited the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out. You are correct. That refers to the butter.


Laura May 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

I just made this but actually halved the recipe. I only had rainbow quinoa and it still turned out great! I did use Light Vanilla Soy milk as I am allergic to milk and only have whole milk here for the kiddos. So glad I did! The smell when I poured in the vanilla soy milk was amazing! And also this is my first quinoa recipe EVER. Thank you!


Kate May 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I’m SO happy you enjoyed this! Quinoa is such a wonderful food that can be made so many different ways. Thanks for your kind words!


Stacy May 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

Can you heat it up in the micro to say make ahead and take to work??? Just starting to live gluten free and getting rid of oatmeal is hard. This looks good so going to try


Kate May 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Absolutely! I always make a big batch and reheat it in the mornings or for an afternoon snack. Just add a little splash of milk before, just to moisten it back up a bit. Hope you enjoy it!


Kimberly Herrington August 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

I agree. I eat oatmeal everyday. I tried this recipe and it is delicious. I could replace oatmeal with it. I’m going to try preparing it ahead of time to bring to work also.



Kate August 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I’m so happy you enjoy it Kimberly! This is a favorite at our house.


Kaz July 15, 2014 at 12:52 am

I am wondering if anyone has tried this with vegan butter and soy milk?
These sound amazing but I need a non dairy (lactose free) option.


Kate July 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

I haven’t tried making it with vegan butter but I feel like it will work. I have however, made this with both almond milk as well as soy milk and it’s wonderful! Hope you enjoy it.


Emily August 8, 2014 at 10:40 am

Looks great. How many calories?


Kate August 13, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Emily! There are 155 calories per serving. The recipe makes 6 servings.


Connie September 23, 2014 at 9:14 am

This is delicious! I added dates and walnuts.


Kate September 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

So happy you liked it Connie! Love your additions. I’m going to give it a try your way next time.


Michelle October 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Is there a substitute I could use for the brown sugar. I cannot have sugar.

Thank you!


Kate October 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Any sweetener you choose is fine. I’ve used agave, honey, coconut sugar. So you can just substitute to taste, a sweetener that meets your dietary needs. Enjoy!


John S October 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

This sounds awesome. Will try it for breakfast tomorrow. Couple questions, though; what kinds of apples would taste and hold up best and do you recommend peeling the apples?


Kate October 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I hope you like it John! It’s something we make all the time in our house. As for the apples, it’s completely personal preference. I love macintosh, gala or granny smith but it’s purely based on what tastes good to you. The apples aren’t heavily cooked so you don’t need to worry about them holding up. Just cook them until they’re tender. I would recommend peeling the apples. Enjoy!


Patty October 31, 2014 at 11:42 am

I just made it and am eating it now. I have to watch my carb intake due to high blood sugar and thought I’d give the recipe a try. It is delicious. I used two fairly small apples. Next time I will use two large apples or three small. I was out of milk, so I used plain yogurt mixed with a little water. After giving it a taste, I added extra cinnamon. Am eating it with walnuts and a cup of tea. It’s very nice and I will make it again.


Kate November 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Love the edition of walnuts and yogurt too. Yum!


Trazey December 31, 2014 at 1:30 am

I had to make do with Almond milk, and it turned out great! I put a splash of apple juice in it for fun and it bumped up the apple-y goodness LOL

yay quinoa! keeps you full ALL MORNING


Kate December 31, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I’m so happy you enjoyed this! I agree, “YAY quinoa!!” I love it so much. And I’ve definitely enjoyed this recipe with almond milk too. So good!


Mona January 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Okay u say ingredients are uncooked Quinoa. But when u fold it in it is already cooked. Right?


Kate January 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Yep! That’s right. You’ll see in the instructions, it will tell you to prepare the quinoa according to the package instructions first then proceed with the rest of the recipe. Hope you enjoy this!


Stephanie April 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

Just discovered this recipe through a link on another site, and made it for breakfast…. Oh. My. Gosh! This is an incredible way to fix quinoa and I also discovered that a small dollop of Cool-Whip stirred into your bowlfull only makes it better!! Two thumbs up!


Kate April 23, 2015 at 7:07 pm

Wow, thank you Stephanie! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe. It’s a favorite of ours too. I make it all the time.


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