A simple, easy and delicious no cook breakfast loaded with protein. This quinoa overnight oats recipe is vegan, gluten free and healthy!
Full Recipe Ingredients/Instructions for this semi homemade vegan full english brekkie are available in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. However you can find important tips/tricks in the post like how to store and reheat.
This recipe was inspired by us always on the lookout for high protein breakfast ideas like our quinoa breakfast bowl, strawberries and cream quinoa bowl or our chickpea waffle recipe. We always hear this but its very true breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
This breakfast is:
- Super filling
- Higher in fiber
- Higher protein breakfast
- Nutritionally dense breakfast option
- Quinoa flakes
- Rolled oats
- Chai tea
- Plant-Based Milk
- Maple syrup
- Optional topping- candied ginger, pecans, coconut
See recipe card for quantities.
Prepare Chai tea in plant-based milk.
In a extra large (6 to 8 cups) heatproof measuring cup. Microwave 1 cup oat/almond milk for 1 minute.
Place chai tea bag in milk and seep in milk for 5 minutes.
Remove tea bag for milk. Add rolled oatmeal.
Add quinoa flakes (Brands we like Ancient Harvest and Kalustyan’s store brand. Both can be ordered online).
Add maple syrup to cup and stir. Place in 2 6oz containers and refrigerate til morning.
In the morning remove from fridge and garnish with candied ginger and a dollop of yogurt.
This recipe yields 12oz 1 ½cup of overnight oats & quinoa.
Is Oatmeal Or Quinoa Better For You?
Nutritionally speaking both have great nutritional qualities. Quinoa has more protein. Oatmeal less carbohydrates and calories. This breakfast combines the best of both worlds.
Nutritionally speaking, if we compare 100 g of each:
- Oatmeal has 71 calories; 13.6g of carbs, 1.7g of fiber and 2.5g of protein.
- Quinoa has 120 calories; 21g of carbs, 2.8g of fiber and 4.4g of protein
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah), is described as a "superfood". It’s a type of edible seed. Quinoa is packed with protein, fiber and various vitamins (B1, Folate, Magnesium) and minerals. It is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make on their own.
Oatmeal is nutritionally rich. It has more protein than most grains and also contains numerous vitamins and minerals. It contains antioxidants and a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which aids several systems of the body via Webmd
Do I Have To Cook The Quinoa To Make Overnight Quinoa.
The short answer is for quinoa flakes no; for the whole quinoa seed yes.
In this recipe we use quinoa flakes which are like rolled oats and have been processed by a machine that flattens the seeds, making it easier for your body to process and meaning you don't have to cook just like rolled oatmeal.
Best Containers For Overnight Oats
The best containers for overnight oats & quinoa are reusable, heat & cold safe, dishwasher, stackable and packable.
Choose container that can hold about 6/8 ounces depending on the portion sizes you like.
We use glass containers by Weck. Amazon stocks a large variety of sizes. They have a rub airtight seal to keep out fridge odors from leeching into food. They are glass stack nicely in the refrigerator. The containers are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe.
Store in refrigerator in airtight containers. Good for 2-3 days.
Chai Quinoa Overnight Oats (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free & Vegan)
- Glass or Plastic 6 oz container
- 1 cup Plant-Based Milk
- ½ cup Quinoa flakes
- ½ cup Rolled oats
- 1 teabag Chai tea
- 3 tablespoons Maple syrup
- Optional topping- candied ginger pecans, coconut
- Prepare Chai tea in plant-based milk.
- In a extra large (6 to 8 cups) heatproof measuring cup. Microwave 1 cup oat/almond milk for 1 minute.
- Place chai tea bag in milk and seep in milk for 5 minutes.
- Remove tea bag for milk. Add rolled oats.
- Add quinoa flakes (Brands we like Ancient Harvest and Kalustyan’s store brand. Both can be ordered online)
- Add maple syrup to cup and stir. Place in 2 6oz containers and refrigerate til morning.
- In the morning remove from fridge and garnish with candied ginger and a dollop of yogurt
- This recipe yields 12oz 1 ½cup of overnight oats & quinoa
These nutritional figures should be considered estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe.
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I made this will all quinoa because oats give me heartburn. It still tastes good tho.