Sometimes I want enjoy a nice warm bowl of breakfast porridge, but I don’t frequently crave oatmeal. I’ve found an alternative that works great!
If you’re looking for a warm and nutritious grain-based breakfast, give this one a try. It uses quinoa instead of oats. It keeps me full longer than oatmeal and doesn’t have that somewhat slimey/gluey texture oatmeal can develop.
You can customize it with different fruits, nuts, and milks for greater variety. I used almonds and bananas in this batch and it had a nice banana-nut flavor that was delicious on a cold morning. Best of all, it makes enough that you can store it in the fridge and just reheat it for several days, reducing your morning prep time.
Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
Makes 3-4 servings
- Handful of nuts per serving (I used almonds and soaked mine overnight in water and left them whole, but you can chop them if yours are raw)
- 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used a coconut-almond blend. You could try dairy milk, but I don’t think it works as well with quinoa, personally.)
- 1 1/3 cups quinoa (I rinse it then soak it overnight in water then drain really well. If you aren’t soaking overnight then at least rinse it really well until it no longer bubbles/foams.)
- pinch or two of salt
- Honey or maple syrup (optional, but recommended. I used maple syrup.)
- chopped fruit (I used bananas)
- Bring the quinoa, milk, and salt to a boil in a small pot and reduce to a simmer. Continue simmering until the liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally. (I find this takes somewhere between 5-15 minutes depending on the temperature and whether or not I soaked it.)
- Remove from heat, cover with a lid and let it rest for 5 minutes.
- You can put some aside to store in the fridge as is or you can prepare it all. For each serving stir in a handful of nuts, half a chopped banana or other fruit, and a drizzle of honey/syrup.
- If you’re reheating some from the fridge just place in a microwave-safe container, add a splash more milk, and heat until warm before adding the nuts and fruit.