Quinoa cereal with caramelized bananas

This warm quinoa cereal is topped with caramelized bananas and walnuts. It’s a protein powerhouse of a breakfast.
Quinoa cereal with caramelized bananas

I’m trying not to be bitter. Really, I am. But I guarantee you it’s not working and that I’m uncomfortably sitting (from falling off a chair yesterday while doing sandbag step-ups) on a fully booked plane wishing I was still in my pajamas enjoying this with my cup of coffee on the couch for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast.

That was last Sunday. Today, I’ve been up since 4am and will probably end up pulling a 23-24 hour day because of the time change. Bright side? I get to attend a cocktail hour in the space needle which I’ve always been too cheap to pay the ridiculous amount of money they want to go to the top every time I’ve been in Seattle.

Quinoa breakfast cereal with caramelized bananas

This is barely a “recipe” and more so just one delicious way to enjoy quinoa that you probably haven’t thought of. Warmed, with coconut milk and topped with a mixture of caramelized bananas, walnuts and almond butter. Extra taste points for eating it with a little spoon.

Don’t worry, the quinoa negates the butter used to caramelize the bananas. Fact.

Quinoa cereal

Fair warning though, husbands have been known to eat remaining caramelized banana walnut mixture straight from the pan in the 2 minutes you turn your back (to take pictures).

Don’t make that mistake.

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Quinoa "Cereal" with Caramelized Bananas

This warm quinoa cereal is topped with caramelized bananas and walnuts. It's a protein powerhouse of a breakfast.

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 1/2-3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon agave
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons almond butter, if desired


  1. Combine bananas, spices, walnuts and agave in a small bowl and toss to coat.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter and add banana walnut mixture.
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until bananas start to caramelize.
  4. While bananas cook, divide quinoa into two bowls and pour coconut milk on top. Warm in microwave.
  5. Add caramelized banana mixture to quinoa and drizzle with almond butter if using.



  1. Amanda

    This sounds heavenly. I’ve been wanting to try quinoa for breakfast for a while now, and I think this is just the recipe to get me to follow through.

    Sorry about the 4am wake-up call, that’s rough. Getting a free trip to the top of the space needle will surely make up for some of that inconvenience. Any maybe expensing some KIND bars? ;)

  2. Margarita

    You know what? We have a lot of quinoa because someone didn’t look in the pantry before going grocery shopping. I have not thought of eating it as an oatmeal. This is indeed perfect for today. Thank you. Have fun in Seattle… Let me know of any good restaurant finds.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I do that all the time. You should see the stash of wheatberries I have b/c of that exact reason.

  3. Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte

    Yum Yum Yum! I’ve got a pile of bananas that are just begging to mingle with some walnuts and cinnamon. And I also hate it when husbands do that (especially because I probably had plans for the caramelized bananas and walnuts, for example eating them with a spoon…or on top of ice cream) :-)

  4. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Caramelized anything makes all things wonderful! Enjoy your time in the space needle and let us know if it is worth paying for. I plan to visit the area in the next few years and would love to know if it’s just a rip or something you should just do once to say you have.

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  6. Cait's Plate

    I definitely need to experiment more with quinoa and this looks like the perfect dish to start out with :)

    And yeah – you can’t beat a little spoon. You just can’t.

  7. Baking Serendipity

    Last weekend I made a big to-do about cooking quinoa in almond milk on the stove for breakfasts this week. It’s really as simple as pour and microwave?! So glad I found this. Love, love, love its simplicity and the caramelized banana topping :)

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Well, I used cooked quinoa and just heated the milk + quinoa in the microwave..wasn’t cooking it in there. Although, cooking it with the coconut milk stove top sounds like a delicious idea too and even more flavorful.

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  9. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Aw, I hope your Sunday turned out better than it sounded :( This quinoa looks awesome. You know, I’ve never tried a sweet and creamy quinoa for breakfast. I have no idea why, it looks good and I love quinoa. Gotta try it soon :)

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  11. Crystal

    I’m going to have to make some extra quinoa and try this. Love the addition of caramelized bananas! I’ve added them to pancakes before and they are delicious!

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