PointsPlus Quinoa and Apple Breakfast Cereal Recipe

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PointsPlus Quinoa and Apple Breakfast Cereal Recipe
Quinoa and Apple Breakfast

Quinoa and Apple Breakfast

A delicious protein-packed cereal that also makes a sweet side dish — great with raisins, crystallized ginger, sautéed pear, nuts and dried berries, too.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 sprays cooking spray 
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided 
  • 2 medium apples, chopped or diced 
  • 2 cups water, cold 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar 
  • ¼ cups fat-free skim milk 


Soak quinoa in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, coat a large skillet with cooking spray; set over medium heat. When skillet is hot, melt ½ tablespoon butter until it just starts to sizzle. Add apples and cook, turning occasionally, until apples are soft and begin to caramelize, about 5-10 minutes depending on personal taste; set aside. Rinse and drain quinoa. Add quinoa and 2 cups of cold water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover pan tightly and allow quinoa to simmer for 10 minutes. When quinoa is cooked (a little tail will appear on each grain), remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Add remaining ½ tablespoon butter, cinnamon, sugar and milk; stir to combine and fold in apples. 

Quinoa Shopping Tip

Stock up on quinoa and have it available for the days you are tired of rice or pasta. It's a great substitute for rice, beans, cereal, bulgar, or couscous.

Quinoa Cooking Tip

The general rule is to add one part quinoa to two parts liquid in a saucepan. One cup of quinoa will take about 15 minutes.