Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa

You have to try this Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa. Have you ever had quinoa for breakfast?  Quinoa can be very versatile.  I have used quinoa in cookies and stir fries in the past, but this was my first try eating quinoa for breakfastQuinoa is naturally gluten free, so it’s a great alternative to oatmeal.

This healthy breakfast quinoa was much better than I ever expected!  Slow cooking the quinoa allowed the sugars in the dates and apples to come out.  I added no sugar at all to this slow cooker breakfast quinoa.


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This would be the perfect breakfast to make if you were having company over.  It makes a good amount.  Like I said before, I thought it was plenty sweet without sugar, but if you like things a bit sweeter, you can always add some maple syrup to it in the morning.

Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa

Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 2-3H Serves 5 servings     adjust servings



  1. Throw all the ingredients in a crock pot .
  2. Cook on high for 2 hours or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  3. If you want to cook it overnight, turn on the crock pot to low right before you go to bed. It should be ready by morning.


Recipe Notes

You can cook this one low for 8 hours if you want to cook it overnight. It should last a week in the fridge and can probably be frozen as well.

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81 thoughts to “Slow Cooker Breakfast Quinoa”

  1. Trying this tonight ready for the morning. Great tip bernadette using a timer on my socket so it doesn't burn. Let you know how it goes.
  2. this recipe looks great! i just want to point out however, that oatmeal like quinoa is also naturally gluten free. oatmeal is a really healthy grain and probably more palatable for children. i personally enjoy both!
    1. I love oatmeal! I eat it almost every day. However, if you have any issues with gluten, you need to buy verified gluten free oats for them to be truly gluten free. Some oats are processed on the same machinery as wheat. For someone with celiac disease, that could be dangerous.
  3. Afraid I was very disappointed with this recipe. Put a timer on the slow cooker for 8hr cook, but thankfully my husband got up early and switched if off after 5.5hrs, by which time it was pretty dried out already.
  4. How can I make this on the stove top? I halved the amount just to try the recipe out but my slow cooker sprayed juices everywhere. Thank you!
    1. You can totally make it on a stove top. Just put everything into a big pot, bring to a boil, then cover, turn down and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed.

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