Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits

by Erin

These parfaits are delicious enough to be dessert, but healthy enough for breakfast. Make the components ahead of time for an easy weekday breakfast option.

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits

Weekday breakfasts are always a challenge, as many of you have heard me complain about before. Everyday I say I am going to put forth more effort than just tipping the top of a cereal box over a bowl, but most of the time it fails and I end up cooing breakfast for dinner instead. But these parfaits may provide that extra motivation to turn the heat on in the morning. This is a relatively quick parfait to make as you can have the crumble baking, the apples simmering, and the quinoa cooking all at the same time. They are also great prepared a head of time (such as the night before), just assemble when ready to eat. An even better thing about this parfait, is that even non-quinoa lovers will enjoy it. The quinoa is flavored with cinnamon and then hidden between layers of syrupy apples, tangy vanilla Greek yogurt, and crunchy oat crumbles. It’s a protein sneak attack!

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Serves 4



1/2 cup rolled oats

1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

2 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp finely chopped walnuts (optional)


4 apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp sugar

1-2 Tbsp water + more, if needed


1 cup uncooked quinoa

1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (I used 0% vanilla Chobani)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the crumble in a small bowl. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients for the apple compote, mixing well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Partially cover and cook until apples are softened and liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed in the cooking process. Take off heat and let cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, cook quinoa according to package directions. Stir in cinnamon. Set aside to cool.
  5. To assemble, spoon 1/4 cup yogurt in bottom of a bowl, 1/4 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup cinnamon apple compote into each of 4 bowls. Repeat the layering and top with oat crumble.

Source: Prevention RD

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THE HUNGRY MUM June 2, 2015 - 7:41 am

What a perfect brunch idea for friends. Everyone loves crumbles and apple :)

Jessie Weaver January 5, 2015 - 12:03 pm

I am going to have to try this one out on my kids! They love yogurt and apples, and enjoy making yogurt parfaits. Mama loves sneaking some healthy quinoa into them!

Laura Dembowski February 21, 2013 - 11:20 am

I would love one of these for breakfast. It would feel like such a fancy treat without being unhealthy or time consuming to make. I also love reheating frozen muffins for breakfast. It’s a great way to get out the door quickly.

Vicki @ WITK February 21, 2013 - 9:56 am

This might be a little too much effort for me on a weekday morning, but a weekend, simmering apples sounds just perfect :)

spiffycookie February 21, 2013 - 10:14 am

Oh me too, but you can make all the parts the night before and assemble in the morning.

Tracey February 20, 2013 - 10:28 pm

I’ve been eating so much cereal lately, I definitely need to break out of my rut. This looks fantastic!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 20, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Fabulous idea! I love that you used Quinoa! This is the perfect breakfast!!!

Hope Cox @ ohmyfoodness February 20, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Neat – the quinoa and yogurt is like rice pudding. I’m going to make this sometime!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 20, 2013 - 11:19 am

Love this! These parfaits would make great afternoon snacks before a workout!

Kate@Diethood February 20, 2013 - 8:29 am

Now there’s an idea for my 5-pound bag of quinoa! This sounds so, so good!!
I also do the cereal thing every darn morning…so boring! :)

spiffycookie February 20, 2013 - 8:43 am

I didn’t know you could buy quinoa in quantities that large!

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection February 20, 2013 - 8:19 am

I’ve never tried using quinoa in anything other than savory recipes. I’ve been seeing a lot of breakfast quinoa recipes that look delicious, including this one. I’m a sucker for oatmeal in the mornings, so maybe I need to switch things up and try quinoa next time! And anything with apples and cinnamon cant be bad. :)


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