Warm Quinoa Cereal with Caramelized Bananas

*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!)


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.

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.

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

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.

Love my 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.

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

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

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.


  • 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


  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.


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 Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 8g

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.


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  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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  14. Michele Casey

    Quick question… Do you use the coconut milk in a can that might be used for Thai cooking or do you use the big carton of refrigerated coconut milk? Thank you in advance! This looks wonderful!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      You could honestly use either for this one, I used from a carton but can would work fine too. Just shake it or mix it well first if going that route so the cream/water are well combined. Enjoy!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I used carton coconut milk, but either or will work from the can too. Just make sure to stir well if using canned to mix the cream and water together.


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