5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

This week has been crazy busy with training, consults, a flood of new work at the office, and a bunch of appointments with my coach, doctor, and Chiropractor.

A busy week means literally no extra time to spend in the kitchen making fancy lunches. I had just 15 minutes a night to dedicate to packing my lunch for the following day.

My lunches have included:

  • A bunch of Omgiidernigtd-Snacks. My favorites are kaia kale chips, coconut chips, and mary’s crackers with hard boiled egg.
  • Can of tuna with one cucumber. I literally packed the whole cucumber in my lunch and ended up cutting it up at work
  • Trail mix. Handful of raisins, cashews, buckwheat groats, and dried cranberries
  • Lara bars. Lemon + Apple pie of course!
  • Apples + cocoalmond mania butter
  • Egg whites + cut up veggies. I packed 1/2 cup whites with veggies and just heated them up in the microwave when I was ready to eat them
  • Brussel sprouts + chickpeas + coconut oil. I washed the brussel sprouts, threw them in a container with all ingredients and heated it up when I got to work.
  • Pre-cooked meals like: No fuss Jambalaya and Exotic spiced lentil and tomato soup

But my favorite thing of them all has definitely been breakfast quinoa flake bakes.

I whip it together in 1 minute flat, throw it in the microwave, and prepare the rest of my lunch while it cooks [for 4 minutes!!]

I’ve made a bunch of variations: apple, strawberry, pina colada [I’ll share the recipe soon! Thanks for the suggestion Alex], chocolate + almond, and cherry cheesecake.

My mid morning snacking will never be the same.

5 minute Strawberry Quinoa Flake Bake

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free

The ingredients are easy, the preparation is simple, and the taste is out of this world! Not only will it satisfy your sweet cravings, it will keep you full for hours!

Inspired by: Averie’s blueberry banana oat cakes and 5 minute Apple Quinoa Flake Bake


  • 1/2 cup strawberry pulp – about 6-8 strawberries ran through your blender, no water needed!
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar – brown sugar, or sucanat would work great too!
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoon apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Optional toppings: cocoalmond mania butter, raisins, coconut, granola, more coconut, maple syrup, yacon syrup…


Prepare a 16oz. microwave/oven safe dish by oiling with a dab of coconut oil. Set aside. Drop all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until fully incorporated. Press mixture into prepare dish and even out with fork.

Microwave option: Place in the microwave and cook for 3 1/2 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done when it rises slightly, is harder to the touch, and pulls away from the sides of the dish. Don’t bake it too long, or you’ll have a chocolate Frisbee!

Oven option: Place in a preheated oven at 350F and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to rest for 1 minute before tipping over onto a plate and smothering with your favorite toppings.

Makes 1 breakfast bake.

These bakes have quickly become my absolute favorite recipe ever.

Do I say that too much? haha I swear, this is it!

What better way to wash it down than with a big mason jar of juice?

Blushing Carrot Juice


  • 4 carrots
  • 1 grapefruit [peeled]
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 apple – I used granny smith
  • 1/2 lemon [peeled]
  • pinch stevia

Just 2 more days until my race and at the advice of my coach, I’ve switched it from a 10k to a 5k.

My knee is still bothering me and we just don’t want to push it too hard too fast.

I was able to run a total of 7.3km last Thursday, but woke up with a pretty tight knee.

Since then, I’ve been doing a lot of icing, swimming and strengthening.

I’m not giving up though! I will run that marathon no matter how long it takes me to prepare for it.

What are your quick and simple go to lunch items?

Do you have a juicer? Do you use it?

I hate juicing because I have to clean the darn thing BUT once I taste the juice, having to clean the juicer isn’t such a big deal.

Any crazy awesome plans for the weekend?

I took Monday off, so I have a long weekend wooOooo! I plan to sleep in, watch movies, make mac n’ cheese, and have a great time at the 5k on Sunday!

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  1. Leanne, your creations are just awesome! I love what you come up with! Your brain clearly works in wonderful ways :)

    And it’s so pretty! I think it would be great baby or bridal shower food…it’s so delicate and beautiful looking!

    • oh my goodness, you need to try them! They are fantastic.

    • mmm yum. I’m going to have to add that to my list of Omgiidernigtd-Snacks! That’s a great one :)

  2. I would KILL for a juicer! I keep seeing all of these amazing recipes and wishing one magically appeared in my kitchen overnight! (No such luck yet…I suppose I’ll cave in and buy one)

    • It’s a great purchase. I found mine for $100 on sale at sears. It’s just a little breville, enough to make 1L of juice.

  3. What an awesome breakfast! I’m definitely gonna try making these since they look so simple. My go to lunch is smashed avocado on toast with seaweed flake on top and a bowl of tomato soup.

    • avocado + seaweed flake sounds amazing. I’ll have to give that a try! Sooo good for you!

  4. I make myself scrub out my juicer parts before I drink my juice… and it really goes so fast! the juice makes it all worth it :)

    I used to make microwave muffins a lot, kinda got out of the habit, and every time I see something like this I think that I need to make one… this looks SO tasty AND pretty!!

    • That’s a great idea. I normally just leave everything sitting in the sink and then curse my name over and over when I go back to it a couple of hours later. I’m horrible with cleaning + chores. Blah!
      The microwaved cakes/muffins are so fantastic. I hate using the microwave, but I’ve made an exception for these only. They’re so quick and tasty!

    • Oh nice! I hope you like it. Apple is my favorite between the two. Let me know how it goes!

  5. Where did you buy your quinoa flakes this dish looks fabulous! I feel the same way about juicing hate cleaning the juicer but the fresh juice is soo worth it!

    • I buy quinoa flakes at the health food store in the bulk bins. I know that a couple of grocery stores have them, but it’s rare.

  6. I am such a fan of quinoa! This really does sound wonderful, would have never thought to do this:-) I don’t own a microwave, so will have to get creative:-)
    Take Care,

    • Good for you for not having a microwave! I wish I could make that leap. I’m sure you could bake it at 350 for 25-30 minutes and it should have the same results.

  7. I can think of no better way to celebrate the completion of a 5K than with mac n’cheese. Seriously. I’m doing a 5K myself on Sunday for Earth Day…think you can ship me some of your cheesy goodness as a reward for not dropping dead mid-run? Good luck, my friend ;) And mind that knee!

    • haha I thought so too! Although I’m going to spruce it up with bacon + some egg… why not, right? I couldn’t imagine running in the heat you’ll be subjected to. I’d probably fall over!

  8. This looks like the snack to take on all snacks. And the mason jar on the side is picture perfect.

    Weekend plans, I am going to do my last long run before my half marathon next weekend. Hope it goes well.

  9. Oh my Leanne, how do you manage to come up with all those ideas? And mostly, how do you manage to eat all those breakfasts and snacks? Your freezer must be full of yummy yummy goodness!
    Real sorry to read about your knee. You much better take it easy this time and cross the finish line than set the bar too high and not finish. You are still so very young, you have many years ahead of you to accomplish your goal of running a full marathon. I, myself, am hoping to do that when I am 40, which is just (yikes) 2 years away. I will be doing another half this year. At least that’s the plan.
    Good luck with your race tomorrow, and go easy on that knee! :)

    • haha I have no idea, they really just come to me or they’re inspired by other recipes I see. I give a lot of my blog food away to friends and family but have started cooking 1 serving meals/snacks so I can eat everything!
      It’s all good about the knee, it’ll come together, I just know it will. It’s great to hear you’re shooting for a marathon in your 40th year. That’s a great goal to have! When’s your next half?

      • Not until September. I had to stop exercising for 10 weeks, I am starting again tomorrow. Can’t wait! I should start running outside again in a couple of weeks. I hope it won’t be too hard.

        Again, good luck tomorrow! :)

  10. I really need to dust off my juicer. It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have used it :) Tonight, I am heading to a fitness show to watch a friend and get some inpspiration.

    • Have fun at the fitness show! I have no doubt that you’ll get inspired :)

  11. Wow, this sounds really really good! And it’s done in 5 minutes!! Thanks for posting this!

  12. I love quinoa, and I saw the flakes in the bulk bin recently but didn’t know what to do with them. Seriously, this looks amaaaazing. I can’t wait to try it.

  13. These look fantastic! I’m getting a little tired of my morning smoothies, and would love to try these out! Do you have any suggestions on substituting the shredded coconut? No one in the house eats coconut, but I really want to try these!

    Thanks! Lynne

    • You could probably just go without. I just add it because I love it so much!

  14. I found your website a few days ago Leanne, and just made this flake bake for breaky for myself and my very fussy husband… Oh my god, AMAZING!!!!!!!!! It was sooo yummy! After reading most of your posts in the last 2 days, I’ve decided to try going gluten free for the next month too, to see how I can improve my health and wellbeing. I’m a personal trainer and around a lot of body image issues and negativity and pressure to be super skinny from my peers every day, so thank you for your balanced perspective and “normal”ness in your posts :) And thanks for the amazing recipes – I can’t see how people could think gluten free is bad with the food you’ve come up with!

    • I’m glad you and your husband liked them! My whole goal is to show people that living as healthy as can be doesn’t mean they have to eat like a bird. I’m glad that it’s catching on!

    • I love that you added tahini to it! I bet it’s delicious. I’m also intrigued by the use of full grain quinoa. I need to give it a go!

  15. I’ve just made them with pear puree (instead of the apple sauce) and raspberries – they were delicious! Only problem being that I made them especially for our 4 year old son (newly diagnosed as gluten intolerant) who declared them ‘yucky’ while the rest of the family scoffed them down! Oh well, can’t win them all :)

      • Ya, we really did. My 7 year old has asked for them for his lunchbox 2 days running! I can’t make them fast enough! :)

  16. If I was baking it instead of putting in the microwave do you know how long it would take or if it would work. I just bought the flakes to try these and realized you need a microwave! I don’t have one~ Help if you can! Love your blog!

    • Of course! Place in a preheated oven at 350F and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Good luck :)

  17. I made this the other day and it was incredible! I never knew anything about quinoa flakes and never thought about using quinoa in anything sweet or breakfasty. It was incredible! The juice was fantastic too! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    I’m totally inspired by your site, my dream is to attend a Canadian School of Natural Nutrition as well!

  18. I’ve been going through a bunch of your recipes. These quinoa bakes look amazing! I will look for quinoa flakes at Sprouts today, I only have whole quinoa. I’m thinking of making a bunch of these and freezing them so I can pack them for the kids breakfast when we have to leave early. Hmmmm, should I get a bunch of little ramekins or try to bake them in a casserole dish?

    • If you have a smaller casserole dish, I think you’ll be fine with using it. I picked up a couple of ramekins from superstore ($1 each!) and they do the trick also. Have fun!

  19. Girl, you are enough to make me want to convert to Quinoa and convert my menfolk too! All of your quinoa bakes looks yummy.

    • I haven’t tried it, but you could give it a whirl in a 350F oven for 20 minutes or so.

  20. Leanne, do you think making my own quinoa flakes would work…putting them in a high speed blender? Or even worth a try? I’m over budget and not able to get the flakes for a week or more, but my strawberries need to be used.
    If now, you think using the whole quinoa would work? …Gotta get creative in a pinch.

      • I tried it..it was more like a quinoa flour and I should’ve have blended longer. It didn’t come out bad. I will keep experimenting. You gave us a great base. Loving the pumpkin recipe. Loving your site. You inspire us.

  21. I came across your site and I AM SO HAPPY I DID!!! My 22 month old daughter has a condition called FPIES. She is on an extremely limited diet but quinoa flakes are a go for us. Is there something else I could use besides applesauce? No pears to trade but we can do eggs??

    • I’m happy you found me, Dustee! I’m sorry to hear about your daughter. You can replace the apple sauce with 2 tbsp egg whites or 1/2 an egg. Or double the recipe and use a full egg. This will work for any of my quinoa cakes. Enjoy the recipes, and let me know if you have any further questions :)

      • I tried the recipe tonight with 1/2 an egg and no chia seeds (DD cannot have yet) and although she did not eat it (she is a picky 22 month old) I really enjoyed it! I even got DH to try it and he agreed. Thanks. Keep those awesome, healthy recipes coming.

    • Sure thing – I’ve just updated the recipe with oven instructions :)

  22. Hi Leanne!
    I absolutely love your website it has been extremely helpful to me. I have a question regarding the quinoa bakes. Where do u know where i can buy quinoa flakes? thnx so much!!!

  23. I tried this recipe, as well as the blueberry version, and they both tasted fantastic. However, are the quinoa flakes supposed to remain uncooked and be eaten uncooked?
    I’m a bit confused. thank you kindly :)

    • Hi Roxie – the quinoa flakes become cooked as it’s baking or microwaving as there are liquids/fruit puree in the recipe to do so. you’ll be good to go! Hope that helps :)

  24. Hi Leanne,

    I have made this many mornings before I scramble out the door and I even decided to include it as a breakfast for a close friend for her mealtrain! I use rainbow quinoa that is not cooked. It has a bead like texture because the quinoa have not fully cooked. Is this what the recipe calls for (quinoa flakes) or am I having a total blonde moment? Lastly, sometimes the consistency is very watery when I prepare it the night before…I always add more quinoa, but mighht you have any other sugguestions?

    Thanks so much! You are such an inspiration!

    • Hi Haley, that’s so great! Quinoa flakes are to quinoa as quick oats are to steel cut oats. Quinoa flakes are small, tiny flakes and completely different than raw, uncooked, whole quinoa. If you have the whole quinoa, try cooking it first and then using it in the recipe. I haven’t tried it this way, but I’ve heard many people trying it with great success. Hope that helps and glad you like the recipe :)

  25. I just made this for a post-workout meal. I skipped the extra sugar, as I’m watching my sugar intake. I also thought it needed something creamy, so I topped it with plain Greek yogurt – so good!

  26. I really enjoyed the strawberry quinoa flake bake! However, I made a big batch so I could eat on it for this week, and accidentally left it sitting on the counter all day (~12 hours at 78-80 degrees)! Does this need to be refrigerated or would it be ok to eat after sitting out all day? When I noticed it still on the counter last night, I put it into the fridge.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Cindy! Oh boy, I’m not too sure… if it were me, I would still eat it, especially because there are no eggs. But I bet it wouldn’t be “advised”

  27. I ate some this morning, so we’ll see! This is similar to a baked oatmeal recipe that (I think) you can leave out on the counter, though I refrigerate it after a day or two just to be safe. I’m pretty sure it’ll be fine, but I’m not feeding it to my daughter yet! :)
    Thanks for the great recipe! This was the first time I’d used quinoa flakes. Oh my, they are expensive! Any tips on getting them for a decent price? I bought on vitacost, which was about $2/box cheaper than Whole Foods, but still expensive to me.

    • Hi Pat – thank you for your concern. There are varying degrees of healthy living. Many of the people that follow the blog are starting off on the road to healthier living. For some, going to MacDonald’s 6 times a week as opposed to 8 is a huge accomplishment. And hey, I agree with that!

      I couldn’t agree with you more – microwaves aren’t the healthiest way to prepare food. However, if the microwave friendly recipes I sometimes post on the blog encourages someone who relies on a MacDonald’s breakfast to microwave a homemade breakfast, I feel I’ve made a difference. With each microwave friendly recipe I post on the blog, I include non-microwave instructions for people who no longer cook with microwaves but have chosen to leave microwaving as a preparation on Healthful Pursuit so that everyone, no matter what they have on hand, can make themselves a healthier meal.

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