[RECIPE] Apple cinnamon quinoa bowl

Quinoa is one of the more popular gluten-free ancient grains, primarily due to its rich protein content.

Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids, which makes it a complete plant protein, providing 8g per one-cup serving.

Quinoa has a mild taste and is easy to use in breakfast recipes, and various lunch and dinner meals.


  • ¼ cup quinoa
  • 1 ¼ cups almond milk
  • 1 scoop plant protein powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ apple, sliced
  • Cashew nuts, sliced
  • 1 tbsp natural macadamia nut butter

Quinoa is a good source of dietary fibre, and contains potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate and zinc, along with potent antioxidants in the form of quercetin and kaempferol.


  1. Cook the quinoa in 1 cup of almond milk in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to low heat to simmer until quinoa is tender.
  2. Stir in cinnamon and plant protein, adding the additional ¼ cup almond milk to blend in the protein powder.
  3. Serve in a bowl. Garnish with sliced apple, a dollop of macadamia nut butter and coulis.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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