Quinoa Breakfast Pudding
4.43 from 7 votes

This warm, creamy quinoa breakfast pudding is a nutritious alternative to traditional oatmeal or hot cereal. Made with vanilla, coconut milk, and berries, it’s as fragrant and tasty as it is nourishing.

A few small glass containers hold a creamy vegan quinoa breakfast pudding and berries

When my boyfriend informed me, early this morning, that it’s supposed to be 70 degrees all week,  I let out a mournful sigh. Fall is my favorite season, and I fear that, if this weather keeps up, we’ll skip it altogether and transition from unseasonably warm temperatures to winter. I was also feeling a sense of culinary disappointment, because as much as I love smoothies, I’m ready to feel the nippy morning air that makes hot cereal seem so darn appealing.

In anticipation of that day, which I hope is very soon to come, a warm breakfast recipe. This one is from my book, and it’s probably one of my top five breakfast recipes from the whole collection. Considering how much quinoa I eat, it’s amazing to me that I haven’t prepared more quinoa porridges in my day. But this one, with it’s perfect combination of coconut milk, vanilla, and cinnamon, is really the only such recipe I need.

A few small glass containers hold a creamy vegan quinoa breakfast pudding and berries
4.43 from 7 votes

Quinoa Breakfast Pudding

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 4 servings



  • Transfer the quinoa to a sieve and run it under cold water to rinse it off. Drain the quinoa well.
  • Transfer the quinoa to a medium-size pot. Add 1 cup of the coconut milk, along with 1 cup of water. Add the vanilla, sea salt, and maple syrup and give it all a stir.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Place the lid of the pot on, slightly ajar, so that some steam can escape. Simmer the quinoa until all of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 or 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining 144 cup of coconut milk.
  • Divide the pudding into four serving bowls. Top with fresh berries, if desired. Serve.


Leftover pudding will keep for two nights in an airtight container in the fridge and can easily be reheated.
From Choosing Raw by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014.

While we’re on the topic of hot breakfasts, I was lucky enough to host a breakfast genius last week at my place in New York. Ashley, whom many of you know and love through her blog, Edible Perspective, was passing through en route to a conference, and we had her as our guest for the night. It was so fun to finally meet her.

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Added bonus? She made the most incredible pumpkin oats for our breakfast on Wednesday morning.

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Pumpkin, apples, walnut, dates, almond milk, and rolled oats. It’s perfect. Head over to her blog to check it out.

Hope you enjoy these delicious, warming breakfast bowls. And if you like the quinoa pudding, you can find a slew of other (warm and cold) breakfast recipes in my book. If you don’t have a copy yet, you can find it via Barnes and NobleAmazonBooks-a-MillionIndieBound, or iBooksI hope you find it inspiring, and if you’re one of the many folks who’ve sent me kind feedback on the book through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, please know how happy I am that you like it!!


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Categories: Recipes, Breakfast
Method: One Pot, Stovetop
Ingredients: Quinoa
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, No Oil, Soy Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: 30 Minute or Less, Meal Prep, Quick & Easy

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  1. Wow! This looks so good! What a great way to get some protein and something to stick with you for the morning. This could also be considered gluten-free right?

  2. I must try your quinoa breakfast pudding sometime soon! It’s been warm during the days here but nice and chilly in the morning. Thanks for recipe shout…we’ll have to do it again. πŸ™‚

  3. Gena
    I absolutely hear you on the Fall food thing…while this weather has been so lovely, I have not felt like I could make my much craved pumpkin/maple foods! Yesterday I had all the windows open and washed all sheets/quilts/shower curtains.etc while having a flowery candle burning…it felt like spring cleaning time! Today is a bit cooler and rainy so I am taking advantage of that with a pumpkin candle, made OSG pumpkin cinnamon donuts this morning (double batch inhaled by 4 teenage boyz), and I will happily stay inside to cook and bake the day away πŸ™‚ …I am going to try the pudding you posted πŸ™‚
    This week I will try the hot cereals – both look amazing!
    Thanks so much!

  4. yumziddy yum…two hot breakfasts in one post! Thanks so much for the recipe and the link…it’s dipping into freezy temps here at night and nippy during the day so hot bowls in the morn are all I want. Cheers! πŸ™‚

  5. It’s going to be in the high eighties in LA today!!! (And I still had a baked yam with coconut oil for breakfast. Hehe.) This recipe is so comforting and simple. Love it! I can’t wait for it to ACTUALLY be fall.

  6. I am so with you on the endless summer but a little more torn because Peter and I are getting married at the end of the month and it’s an outdoor wedding (we are in San Diego). I’m bummed that it’s 80 because it’s time to bring out the boots and pumpkin everything but at the same time I don’t want it to be cold for our wedding…oh the big problems he he. I totally have all of these ingredients in my fridge and am thinking this is lunch…topped with some cashew butter! I seriously cannot get enough of that cashew butter! Beautiful picture as usually thanks for sharing!