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Warm Quinoa Cereal with Caramelized Bananas

This warm quinoa cereal is topped with a caramelized banana and walnut compote, drizzled in almond butter and garnished with superfoods like goji berries and chia seeds. It’s also easily made with buckwheat groats as an alternative (both options in recipe below)!

This warm breakfast cereal made with quinoa or buckwheat groats is topped with a sweet caramelized banana walnut topping.

*Note: This post for quinoa cereal first appeared on February 26, 2012. The recipe has been edited to include a buckwheat option and the photographs updated (shown with buckwheat option, not quinoa).

I used to be OBSESSED with this quinoa cereal back in the day. It’s warm, cozy, much more satisfying than typical cereals and like any breakfast bowl, the topping possibilities are endless. Then, my stomach revolted against quinoa some time in 2014 and it sadly became the one food I can’t eat (think stomachache/cramps that make you feel like you’re gonna die). Not really an “allergy” but something about that damn little seedy/grain-like food just doesn’t agree with my body.

So, I switched things up and started making it with buckwheat groats instead and to be honest, I think I like this version even better. Buckwheat is a bit heartier than quinoa and makes for a really cozy breakfast bowl when served this way (basically like oatmeal) and topped with the caramelized banana walnut compote.

Both versions are in the recipe below. Try them both and decide for yourself! FYI – text is original (and totally irrelevant today, lol – sometimes I wonder what the hell I was babbling about back then!)


A simple caramelized banana walnut topping makes this warm quinoa cereal a delicious bowl for breakfast.

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.

Top warm quinoa cereal (also easily made with buckwheat) with a caramelized banana topping and drizzle with some almond butter for a simple and delicious 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.

This quinoa cereal is a warm breakfast cereal option with a bit more nutritional bang for your buck than that stuff in the boxes!

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.

Warm quinoa cereal is topped with almond butter, caramelized banana walnut compote and some goji berries for a healthy and satisfying breakfast.

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.

You can also make the bananas in the air fryer if you prefer and maybe he won’t see them there.

Step up your cereal game with this warm quinoa cereal bowl for breakfast. It's topped with caramelized bananas, walnuts, an almond butter drizzle, goji berries and some chia seeds!

Love this quinoa cereal with caramelized bananas recipe?

Try other quinoa recipes like Mango kiwi breakfast quinoaMeyer Lemon Quinoa Pancakes, and Quinoa Breakfast Cookies with Oatmeal and Raisins.

You can also use quinoa as one of a handful of grains to make a breakfast grain bowl recipe.

This warm quinoa cereal is topped with a caramelized banana and walnut compote, drizzled in almond butter and garnished with superfoods like goji berries and chia seeds.

Quinoa Cereal with Caramelized Bananas

This warm quinoa cereal is topped with caramelized bananas and walnuts. It’s a protein powerhouse of a breakfast. There’s also an option for using buckwheat instead.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup cooked 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 tablespoon almond butter if desired


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


For buckwheat option (shown in pictures): combine 1/2 cup buckwheat groats with 1 cup of any kind of milk/water mixture, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of salt and sweetener of choice (maple syrup, liquid stevia, coconut sugar, honey, etc.) in a small pot. Bring to a low boil, stir, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 10-12 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Divide into 2 serving bowls and top with the caramelized banana mixture from the recipe above.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 59mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Keyword quinoa breakfast cereal, vegetarian, warm quinoa cereal

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

Recipe Rating


Friday 24th of February 2017

Oh yum! This breakfast sounds incredible!

Lauren @ HealthyDelish

Friday 24th of February 2017

This looks incredible!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Friday 24th of February 2017

This is the kind of breakfast that I live for! LOVE!

Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

Friday 24th of February 2017

Love the caramelized banana mixture on top Gina. I can see why your husband couldn't wait! Delicious breakfast!


Friday 24th of February 2017

Love the addition of caramelized bananas!