Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Chia Breakfast Bowl

This apple cinnamon quinoa chia breakfast bowl is a high fiber, nutritious way to start the day – providing warm, comforting flavors and topped with a creamy Greek yogurt maple syrup mixture.  

Fiber – it’s so underrated! It has been widely researched that consuming a high fiber diet can help with weight management, blood glucose levels, our gut microbiome, cardiovascular health – yet so many people are not eating enough of it. 

This recipe makes 4 servings, so it can be meal prepped in advance for a healthy grab-and-go breakfast. Or, cut it in half and eat it twice!

Give this recipe a try if you’re sick of oatmeal! {Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Friendly}

Two bowls of apple cinnamon quinoa with chia seeds on a wooden tray next to a bowl of Greek yogurt and maple syrup.

Why You’ll Want to Make This Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

  • Comfort in a bowl: The nuttiness of the quinoa combined with the comforting flavors of tender apples and cinnamon, and a creamy Greek yogurt and maple syrup combo! Topped with sliced almonds for texture and crunch – it’s the perfect bite.
  • Improve your “gut health”: The term “gut health” has become increasingly popular over the past decade. The yogurt not only adds creaminess and flavor, but it contains live, active cultures to improve the composition of our gut microbiome.
  • Nutritious, filling breakfast: This recipe has 9 grams of fiber and 15.5 grams of protein, both which have been shown to increase meal satiety (or keeping us fuller for longer period of time). It’s also a good source of iron and calcium.

INGREDIENTS

  • Quinoa (1 cup, uncooked): Nutty in flavor, quinoa is a complex carbohydrate that’s also considered a “complete protein”. This means that it is a good source of all the essential amino acids (and gluten-free).
  • Almond Milk (2 cups): Or preferred milk. Water could also be substituted, but the milk gives it a creamier consistency.
  • 1-2 Medium Apples (Diced): I found that 1 1/2 apples were perfect for this recipe, but any additional apple slices can be added to the top for more crunch.
  • Chia seeds (3-4 tablespoons): Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and omega-3’s! Flaxseeds or hemp hearts could be substituted, however, they are not as high in fiber. 
  • Chobani Vanilla Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (3/4 cup): Greek yogurt is combined with maple syrup for a sweet and creamy topping. It also helps increase the protein content as well as provide probiotics.
  • Sliced Almonds (3/4 cup): Top each bowl with sliced almonds to add the perfect texture and crunch to each bite!
  • Maple Syrup (1-2 tablespoons): The maple syrup helps to sweeten it up, and tastes delicious when combined with vanilla yogurt! Add a sprinkle of brown sugar for additional sweetness. 
  • Vanilla Extract (about 1 teaspoon).
  • Cinnamon (about 1 teaspoon): Add cinnamon to taste.

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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bowl Instructions

A chia quinoa breakfast bowl with apple slices and topped with Greek yogurt, maple syrup and sliced almonds on a wooden platter.

Prep Ingredients

Rinse the quinoa well to prevent it from having a bitter taste. Use a fine mesh strainer for best results, until the water runs clear.

Chop apples into cubes or bite-sized pieces of relatively equal size. 

Throw It All in a Pot

Add quinoa, milk, chopped apples, vanilla extract and chia seeds to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to low or simmer and place a lid on it. Set a timer for about 15 minutes.

Apple cinnamon quinoa chia bowl cooking in a pot on the stove with a wooden spoon.

Combine the Greek Yogurt and Maple Syrup

Combine Greek yogurt and maple syrup in a bowl, and mix together. 

Assemble the Bowls

Once the quinoa has cooked through (about 15-20 minutes) and the apples are fork tender – it’s done!

Portion out into 4 bowls, top with cinnamon to taste, sliced almonds and Greek yogurt/maple syrup mixture. Add additional drizzle of maple syrup or brown sugar for more sweetness.

If meal prepping for the future, reserve some of the Greek yogurt/maple syrup to the side. It can be added on top of the bowls for meal prep, but microwaving will kill the “good bacteria”. 

A quinoa chia breakfast bowl topped with the Greek yogurt and maple syrup mixture with a spoon in it.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Store the Greek yogurt and maple syrup topping separately if prepping this recipe in advance. Microwaving the yogurt will kill the probiotics, but for ease and convenience you could top each one with it. 
  • Rinse quinoa well through a fine meshed strainer to prevent the bitter taste. 
  • Top with whipped cream for a deliciously healthy snack!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Increase the Protein Content?

I usually recommend 20-30 grams of protein at each meal. To increase the protein content, use 1-1 1/2 cups of non-fat Greek yogurt and divide between 4 servings. 

You could also whisk protein powder into the Greek yogurt and maple syrup combination!

How Can I Make This Dairy-Free?

Substitute the Greek yogurt with a high protein dairy-free yogurt, like Kite Hill Greek Style Vanilla Yogurt.

How Long Can I Keep the Leftovers?

Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

If freezing, omit the Greek yogurt/maple syrup mixture and prep the day of!


A quinoa chia breakfast bowl topped with the Greek yogurt and maple syrup mixture with a spoon in it.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Chia Breakfast Bowl {Healthy, High Fiber}

Alex Evink, MS, RD
This apple cinnamon quinoa chia breakfast bowl is a high fiber, nutritious way to start the day – providing warm, comforting flavors and topped with a creamy Greek yogurt maple syrup mixture. Give it a try if you're sick of oatmeal!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 425 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked (or 2.5 cups cooked)
  • 2 cups Almond milk, or preferred milk
  • 1 1/2 medium apples, diced
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup Chobani vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste

Instructions
 

Prep Ingredients

  • Rinse the quinoa well to prevent it from having a bitter taste. Use a fine mesh strainer for best results, until the water runs clear.
    Cut the apples into cubes or bite-sized pieces.

Throw It All in a Pot

  • Add quinoa, milk, chopped apples, vanilla extract and chia seeds to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
    Once boiling, turn down to low or simmer and place a lid on it. Set a timer for about 15 minutes.

Combine the Greek Yogurt and Maple Syrup

  • Combine Greek yogurt and maple syrup in a bowl, and mix together. 

Assemble the Bowls

  • Once the quinoa has cooked through (about 15-20 minutes) and the apples are fork tender – it's done!
    Portion out into 4 bowls, top with cinnamon to taste, sliced almonds and Greek yogurt/maple syrup mixture. Add additional drizzle of maple syrup or brown sugar for more sweetness. For lower carb content, measure out 1/2 cup of quinoa per bowl.

Notes

  • Store the Greek yogurt and maple syrup topping separately if prepping this recipe in advance. Microwaving the yogurt will kill the probiotics, but for ease and convenience you could top each one with it. 
  • Top with whipped cream for a deliciously healthy snack or breakfast!
Nutritional information is just an estimation and individual preparation may cause discrepancies. To decrease the carbohydrate content, use 1/2 cup of quinoa per bowl.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.8g 16%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 69.1g 25%
Dietary Fiber 10.3g 37%
Total Sugars 30.9g  
Protein 15.1g  
Vitamin D 1mcg 3%
Calcium 340mg 26%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 581mg 12%
Keyword high fiber breakfast recipe, quinoa breakfast bowl

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