Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

My quinoa breakfast obsession continues.

I swear, if I could just spend all day creating an eating breakfast foods, I’d be the happiest person on earth. In fact, just last night for dinner I had a big bowl of fruit, topped with granola and almond milk. It was perfect.

But my love for breakfast is beside the point, because I know you’re eager to dig into this recipe and my blabbering doesn’t help.

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

I’ve been experimenting a lot with overnight quinoa and oats. Playing around with different flavor combinations, adjusting proportions, waiting until I find the perfect one(s) to share with you.

This is my latest success and I really think you’re going to love it.

Rather than using oats, since I know some people are sensitive to them, we opted for cooked quinoa. It needed a little extra something to make it thick, so I looked in my fridge and noticed some leftover almond pulp from when I made almond milk the day before.

It was just the ingredient this recipe needed. Almond pulp is very soft and gives the overnight quinoa this utterly luxurious texture. But almond pulp is also nutritious, so it’s a win-win!

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Since I was using almond pulp, I knew I really wanted to pump up the almond flavor, so I decided to add just a touch of almond extract.

To go with the almond, I wanted vanilla. Almond and vanilla are one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I sprinkled in a little vanilla extract into the mix.

And finally to sweeten this breakfast delight, I opted for maple syrup since a) it’s the best breakfast ingredient ever and b) it tastes delicious!

The end result is a supercharged breakfast that takes less than five minutes to prepare. You just mix, chill and eat. How could you go wrong?

Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup almond pulp
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stevia to taste (optional)
  • Chopped almonds to garnish (optional)


  1. Divide all ingredients between two mason jars. Stir until incorporated.
  2. Place in refrigerator and let sit overnight.
  3. Remove and garnish with chopped almonds. Enjoy!
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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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41 Responses to Vanilla Almond Overnight Quinoa

  1. If I could just make breakfast recipes all day too, I would! Breakfast is the best! And this looks absolutely fabulous! :)

  2. Bette says:

    Hi: Just wanted to let you know I said a prayer for your sweet puppy. It must be a sad time for you.
    I probably won’t be making this recipe, as I tried making almond milk and didn’t care for it, so I don’t have any almond pulp. Can you suggest anything in it’s place?

    Thanks, Bette

  3. Tonia says:

    Extra prayers are going to be said for you and your
    Puppy. I hope the little one gets better. Take care.

  4. Tonia says:

    Extra prayers are on their way. Hope your little one gets better. Take care.

  5. Gwenn Panny says:

    Mmmm. That vanilla almond quinoa looks absolutely yummy.
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  6. Marilyn Barnes says:

    Sending prayers for you and your puppy. I know in our household at least, our pets are members of the family so I understand where you are coming from. So I pray your “baby”will be well.

  7. We love quinoa a lot! This is a perfect meal to kick start the day!
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  8. Angela says:

    Do you have a substitute for almond pulp? This sounds delicious!

  9. Lia says:

    Can you tell me more about almond pulp? Do you make it/but it?

  10. Barbara says:

    Do you have a substitute for the almond pulp?

  11. Barry W. says:

    I would try local honey instead of maple syrup and a touch of cinnamin too.

    • Barry W. says:

      Also,best wishes for the puppies speedy recovery. Also, treat all puppies as you do toddlers, up and out of reach or out of sight, out of mind. One laps leads to expensive hospital stays, or worse.

  12. LB says:

    Prayers for you and your sweet puppy.

  13. Susie Ziegler says:

    Hi Alyssa,
    This sounds amazing! How do I make the almond pulp?
    Thanks, Susie

  14. Marie says:

    Can you tell me about almond pulp?

    • Almond flour is made when you make homemade almond milk. You blend the nuts with water the place them in a nut milk bag, strain the water and the leftover residue is almond pulp :)

  15. Mabel Pope says:

    First of all Alyssa, I’m so sorry to hear about your puppy. I’m sending lots & lots of prayers out to you and your puppy. I’m reading this on Monday so I hope things have gotten better. Love the vanilla almond overnight quinoa recipe.

  16. Spur says:

    Sorry to hear about your little girl. Thoughts and prayers go out to you both! I will try this recipe….looks delicious!

  17. Jess says:

    This is happening – tonight!! I don’t love overnight oats, so I’m excited to try an overnight version of my favorite grain!
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  18. Millie Brinkley says:

    Alyssa, I am so sorry about your little puppy. Please know that I am sending as much love and positive energy to you both, plus lots of prayers.

  19. Amy says:

    Please can some-one tell me how to make ALMOND PULP?


    • Hi Amy, almond pulp is the result of making your own almond milk. If you don’t make your own almond pulp at home, I suggest swapping for almond flour. I think it will taste similar but the texture might be slightly off. Let me know what you think!

  20. Well, I have heard of overnight oats but never quinoa! Sensational recipe!
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  21. Nancy says:

    I don’t make my own almond milk. Do you have any suggestions on what I can substitute the almond pulp with?

  22. Wendy says:

    Just made my almond milk so I have both milk and pulp and my quinoa is cooking now! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

  23. Wendy says:

    Ok, I could not wait……dove in and wow…it is so delicious!
    Love it. I liken it to an almond tapioca. Many thanks!

  24. Andrea Webster says:

    Hi there,
    Am currently eliminating almonds from my diet, so will try coconut milk. But what to use instead of the almond pulp?

  25. Traci B says:

    Does the quinoa have to be cooked or can we do this overnight just like that overnight oatmeal recipe that has been making the rounds? I would love to save the extra time and extra step…

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