A quick and easy Instant Pot breakfast recipe, this Instant Pot Quinoa recipe uses fresh peaches, cinnamon, and vanilla to create a healthier take on those sugary packets of peaches and cream instant oatmeal.
Instant Pot Breakfast Quinoa Recipe
Instant Peaches and Cream Oatmeal has been one of my favorite comfort foods for years. I always crave it when I’m sick; it must be something about the delicate flavor and warming oatmeal that just hits the spot for me.
However, those packets have absolutely no nutritional value and I usually make two packets at once which comes out to a whopping 14g of sugar – not exactly what I should be eating when I’m already under the weather.
This Instant Pot Peaches and Cream Quinoa, on the other hand, gives you 12% of your daily recommended iron, in addition to calcium, potassium and vitamin D. The sugar content per serving is just 2.2g (all natural sugars – not added) and the sodium is 25mg (compared to 260mg in for two packets of instant oatmeal). Quinoa also contains all nine essential amino acids and is considered a whole protein and a complex carbohydrate.
You can also adapt this recipe to make your personal favorite flavor of breakfast quinoa – strawberries and cream, maple and brown sugar (go light on the brown sugar or use an alternative), apples and cinnamon, coconut and pineapple, etc. You can even make it savory with seasonings and diced veggies, and top with a sliced soft boiled egg.
My favorite part about this recipe is that we get a nutritious, comforting breakfast without much effort!
Starting the day with a complete protein and complex carbohydrate allows you to feel fuller longer and avoid that mid-morning slump that many of us associate with needing that second cup of coffee. Most of the time, it’s not the caffeine – it’s our body crashing from a sugar-filled or simple carb-heavy breakfast.
Do I have to use quinoa? If you don’t want to use quinoa, you can use oatmeal, millet or buckwheat, but I like that quinoa has that same chewy texture that I associate with breakfast oatmeal.
Do I have to use fresh peaches? Frozen peaches or canned peaches (without syrup) will both work beautifully in this recipe. You can even add the peaches frozen to this recipe.
How do I reheat this recipe? The quinoa may harden slightly in the fridge, so reheat by placing in a bowl and covering with your microwave splatter-guard or wet paper towel. Heat for 35 seconds, then stir and mash the quinoa, add in some additional milk and reheat for up to 25-35 more seconds.
How long does cooked quinoa last for? I’ve kept this recipe in the fridge for up to four days. Quinoa can take on an unpleasant smell if left for a week or longer, so I never store it for longer than 4 days.
More Instant Pot Breakfasts
- Instant Pot Brown Sugar Grits
- Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole from Eating Instantly
- Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs from Damn Delicious
- Instant Pot French Toast Casserole from Peas and Crayons
Instant Pot Peaches and Cream Quinoa Ingredients
- Butter, optional
- Peaches, fresh or thawed from frozen <– you can also use canned peaches
- Cinnamon, optional
- Vanilla Extract, optional
Tip: swap out the peaches for your preferred breakfast fruit.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Instant Pot <– I’m so excited to upgrade to this one with air fryer capacities soon! (You can also just buy the lid which adds the air fryer capacity to your standard IP.)
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Wooden spoon <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
How to Make Breakfast Quinoa in the Instant Pot
Place the butter in the Instant Pot and select the saute setting.
Once the butter is melted, add the quinoa and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. This adds a slightly nutty flavor to the quinoa, but can be skipped, if desired.
Add the water and milk to the quinoa in the Instant Pot, and cover and seal the Instant Pot.
Select manual and cook for 4 minutes. Quick release.
Stir in the peaches and additional milk or cream to desired consistency. Add cinnamon or vanilla, if desired.
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Grab your free printable for our instant pot breakfast quinoa recipe:
- 2 Tablespoons butter, optional
- 2 cups quinoa
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups peaches, fresh or thawed from frozen
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon, optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
- 1 1/2 cups milk or half and half cream
- Place the butter in the Instant Pot and select the saute setting.
- Once the butter is melted, add the quinoa and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add the water and milk to the quinoa in the IP, and cover and seal the Instant Pot.
- Select manual and cook for 4 minutes. Quick release.
- Stir in the peaches and additional milk or cream to desired consistency. Add cinnamon or vanilla, if desired.
- Serve hot.
You can also adapt this recipe to make your personal favorite flavor of breakfast quinoa - strawberries and cream, maple and brown sugar (go light on the brown sugar or use an alternative), apples and cinnamon, coconut and pineapple, etc. You can even make it savory with seasonings and diced veggies, and top with a sliced soft boiled egg.
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Cascadian Farm, Sliced Peaches, Organic, 10 oz (Frozen)
TruRoots Organic Whole Grain Quinoa, 12 Ounces
Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter, 1 lb.
J.A. Henckels International 13550-005 Statement Knife Block Set, 15-pc, Light Brown
New Star Foodservice 42917 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups Combo, Set of 8
Instant Pot Duo 60 321 Electric Pressure Cooker, 6-QT, Stainless Steel/Black
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 6g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.