Quinoa Pilaf with Cinnamon and Sugar


Quinoa, when prepared with cinnamon and sugar, is a hearty, healthy way to start the day. Slideshow:  Whole Grain Breakfasts 

Quinoa Pilaf with Cinnamon and Sugar
Photo: © Emily Farris
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained

  • 4 cups water

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 stick butter melted and cooled

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the quinoa, water and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the quinoa has fully absorbed the water, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix the butter, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract, then pour over the cooked quinoa and mix well.

Make Ahead

The quinoa can be made a day ahead and refrigerated, then rewarmed on the stove top with 1/4 cup of water.

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