Pressure Cooker Breakfast Quinoa

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Quinoa Recipe from Pressure Cooking Today

Light and fluffy quinoa made with maple syrup and cinnamon, then served with fresh berries and sliced almonds. Quinoa only needs to cook for 1 minute in the pressure cooker. 

I recently received a new cookbook, Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes by JL Fields to review. JL also blogs at JL Goes Vegan and I featured her Portobello Mushroom and Barley Soup a couple of years ago on Pressure Cooking Today. So when I heard she was coming out with a new cookbook, I was excited to get it in the mail. (Details on how you can win a copy are at the bottom of this post.)

I’m not vegan, and probably never will be, but I definitely need to add more vegetables, bean and grains to my diet, and this gorgeous new cookbook has lots of great recipes to help me do that.


I was attracted to JL’s basic quinoa recipe in the cookbook because quinoa cooks in 1 minute in the pressure cooker. After 1 minute, you turn the pressure cooker off and let the quinoa steam while the pressure releases for 10 minutes.

Did you know that quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is high in protein and fiber, is gluten-free, a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, and only has 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry quinoa.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Quinoa with Berries and Almonds - a great tasting breakfast loaded with protein and fiber.

JL suggests serving the quinoa warm for breakfast with a drizzle of maple syrup and chopped pecans. I added some cinnamon and maple to the cooking liquid and served it topped with berries and some sliced almonds I had on hand.

I increased the recipe a little bit so I’d have plenty on hand to eat for breakfast throughout the week. It reheated well in the microwave, still kept it’s light and fluffy texture. It left me filling full all morning long. It really is a perfect, healthy way to start the day.

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Quinoa


  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa, well rinsed
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional Toppings: milk, fresh berries, sliced almonds


Add quinoa, water, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to the pressure cooking pot.

Select high pressure and 1 minute cook time. When beep sounds turn pressure cooker off, wait 10 minutes, and then use a Quick Pressure Release to release any remaining pressure.

When valve drops carefully remove lid, tilting away from you to allow steam to disperse.

Fluff the quinoa and serve hot with milk, berries, and sliced almonds.


Fair Winds Press is giving away to one lucky Pressure Cooker Today reader, one copy of Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes by JL Fields.

Here’s How To Enter the Sweepstakes Giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, February 4th at noon, MST.

The giveaway is only open to residents of the US and Canada. Be sure your email address is included with your comment. Winner will be chosen randomly, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

Disclosure: I was sent a free copy to review, but all opinions expressed are always my own.