Average: 1 (1 vote)
Active time
5 minutes
Total time
20 minutes
4 servings
Serving Size
about 1 cup

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained (any color – we used red)

2 cups water

¼ cup walnuts

4 extra large dried figs (or 8 smaller dried figs)

8 dried apricot halves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups milk

  1. Bring water and quinoa to a boil. Then, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for about 15 minutes, until the outside coat of the grain separates into a curly tail, and all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. While the quinoa is simmering, chop the figs, apricots, and walnuts into small, bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add the chopped fruit and nuts and cinnamon to a large bowl.
  4. When the quinoa is done cooking, add to the bowl and toss with the fruit and nut mixture until combined.
  5. To serve: Divide the quinoa mixture among 4 mason jars, and add ½ cup milk to each jar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (This allows the fruit to soften a bit, and also allows the flavors to mingle more freely.) Alternatively, you can also keep the quinoa mixture in a covered container in the fridge. Then, when you’re ready to eat, simply scoop about 1 cup quinoa mixture into a bowl, top with ½ cup milk, and eat like regular cold cereal.


An Oldways/Whole Grains Council recipe and photo, courtesy of Kelly Toups


Nutrition Facts per Serving (including milk): Calories: 290
Total Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat:1g
Sodium: 55mg
Carbohydrate: 45g
Fiber: 5g
Total Sugar: 15g (Added Sugar: 0g)
Protein: 12g

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: about 1 cup

How'd it Taste?

Ruchama Burrell
I would give this recipe 5 stars except for one major error. Three cups of water to one cup of quinoa is way too much water. Most recipes call for two-to-one. I've actually found cooking quinoa (I do it frequently) works best with 1/4 cup less water per cup of quinoa. So l cup quinoa: one and 3/4 cup water; 2 cups quinoa: 3 l/2 cups water and so on.
Hi Ruchama -- Good catch! You're absolutely right about it being too much water and we've corrected our mistake so that the recipe now includes just two cups of water. Thanks so much for pointing this out.

Review this Recipe