Quinoa Pancakes Recipe

Hi guys! How’s your day going so far? It’s been a great one over here. Not only do I have this great recipe for nutrient-dense quinoa pancakes to share, I’ve taught one Zumba class so far (one to go!) and I was offered a job teaching barre classes. Exciting to see some things in motion. 🙂

Also fun: this hibiscus plant. It made the trek out here to Tucson, even though I was convinced it died two years ago. My nana had been telling me this entire time it was still alive and to keep watering it, and whaddaya know. She was right, as usual. 😉

pink hibiscus

Now let’s talk about some breakfast.

quinoa pancakes

I’ve been rocking and rolling on the meal prep lately, and it has helped a LOT. We’ve done a pretty good job minimizing restaurant adventures (as tempting as they may be) and eating most meals here at home. This week, the Pilot grilled an extra batch of chicken for salads, I chopped fresh veggies and made granola, and Livi and I have been enjoying the glorious farmers’ market produce. I realized that there’s something I haven’t prepped in quite a while: quinoa.

There are a couple of reasons for this: 1) the Pilot kinda hates it (and kept it a secret from me for years haha) and 2) I never ended up using all of it. At the end of the week, there was still a bit of quinoa still lingering untouched in the fridge. 

No longer.

Quinoa Pancakes

gluten-free high protein quinoa pancakes

I decided to see how it would work in some pancakes, and I may have created a new breakfast monster. These quinoa pancakes are high in nutrition, perfect with some preserves or maple syrup, and have a light, fluffy texture.

quinoa pancakes

quinoa pancakes bite

Let me know if you give them a try!

stack of quinoa pancakes


Quinoa Pancakes

A delicious and nutrient-dense breakfast option.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well-mixed.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium-low heat and add some butter or coconut oil to the pan.
  3. Using a measuring cup, scoop the batter into 4 pancake shapes in the pan.
  4. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side, until set and golden, before flipping to cook 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  5. Serve with fresh berries, preserves and/or pure maple syrup.


  • This is a great option to use leftover prepare quinoa!
  • Make a large batch and freeze to quickly reheat for breakfast during the week.

Some of my favorite uses for quinoa are here + these quinoa trail mix muffins. 🙂

Have a wonderful afternoon <3



What’s your staple breakfast? The egg burrito will always have my heart.

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  1. Heidi on August 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve been making these savory style my toddler’s (and my) meals/snacks. Omit the cinnamon and honey and vanilla and add chopped spinach and some savory spices. Delish! Love how flexible this recipe is!

  2. MSM on October 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Just tried this recipe and loved it!! I added chia seeds and coconut flakes as well. Hoping my kiddo will love it too!

  3. Sara on October 11, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Ooh. Trying these tomorrow. My 9 year old made a massive batch of quinoa this weekend so we could make pizza quinoa bites (so good!). We made SO MUCH QUINOA. This recipe will help use it up.

    • Fitnessista on October 11, 2016 at 10:03 am

      hahah! hope you enjoy 🙂

  4. Jeanine Gugel on January 28, 2017 at 9:13 am

    These turned out really mushy and never cooked 🙁 any suggestions?

    • Sandra on April 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      I had the same problem. I had to cook them for 5 or 6 min a side and still they were mushy. The flavor was great they just were mush.

    • Charlsie P on July 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      I added almond milk but after cooking realized spelt pancakes taste much better.

  5. Hannah on June 27, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Mmmm trying these this weekend! 🙂

  6. Isabelle on July 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I’m soooo in love with those pancakes!!!
    I live in Québec City (Canada) and i absolutely freaking loving your blog that i’ve just discover 1 week ago…Thanks you, you’r so inspired me 😉

  7. Becky on December 11, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    This is such a great idea! My kids get tired of the same old quinoa recipes. Going to make this tomorrow!

  8. Holly Beck on January 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Just started a candida cleanse diet. Let’s just say typing up the list of ok foods tales about 5 minutes. quinoa and Eggs are ok.
    Since I cant add enough stevia (only allowed sweetner) without it being bitter I also go saviory.
    I omit honey, cinnamon and vanilla.
    I finly chop some onion and sauté it in butter and salt then drop the quinoa batter on top. Delicious.
    I also added 1-2 T. Quinoa flour.

  9. Lexi on August 8, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    How many calories are these?

  10. Annie on September 1, 2020 at 6:06 am

    Okay, I keep seeing people saying it tastes good but it gets 1 star? Bro.

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