Quinoa Porridge Recipe

2013-11-24
IMG_1934Quinoa Porridge
  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 0m

Ever since visiting Nourish (Sheffield’s only fast food restaurant!) I have been craving quinoa porridge. Nourish teased me with it on their breakfast menu (I arrived after breakfast had finished!!) and so for the past few weeks I’ve been trying to perfect a ‘quinoa porridge recipe’ and finally I’ve cracked it (thanks to my friend and head chef Nick Galer .. I didn’t have Nourish’s cooking equipment so had to look else where!).

Quinoa is a slow release carbohydrate (meaning it releases its energy gradually) and it’s also a complete protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids that we need. Quinoa looks a little bit like couscous (and you’ll find it near the couscous in the supermarket) and makes a great addition to meat/fish and vegetables for dinner BUT it also tastes amazing sweetened with milk and fruit for breakfast.

So, if you’re getting bored of porridge and it’s getting too cold for overnight oats, give this recipe a try!

To save time on a morning, you can do steps 1 and 2 the night before and pop it in the fridge over night before moving onto step 3!

Ingredients

  • 100g quinoa (uncooked)
  • 500ml fresh water for soaking
  • 500ml fresh water for cooking
  • 180ml milk
  • To sweeten: grated apple/handful raisins/banana
  • Toppings: cinnamon/berries/nuts

Nutritional stats shown are for 1 serving of quinoa with skimmed milk only (this recipe serves 2 people)

Quinoa Porridge

Method

Step 1

Soak the quinoa in 500ml cold water for 15 minutes before draining and adding to a pan along with 500ml of fresh cold water

Step 2

Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the grains begin to 'split'.. then drain any excess water using a sieve

Step 3

Over a low-medium heat mix together the quinoa* and milk before adding your natural sweetener e.g. grated apple & raisins (as pictured above), stevia or mashed banana (as pictured below) and stirring. You can also heat the quinoa and milk in a microwave for 2-3 minutes (like oats - see pic below) but I prefer the hob way (above pic)!

Step 4

Once heated and the milk has absorbed, serve your quinoa porridge topped with fruit and nuts (I use pomegranate seeds & walnuts or frozen berries) & add a dash of cinnamon if you fancy it (tastes amazing with mashed banana!)

* To make an individual portion use 1/2 of the quinoa (150g cooked weight) along with 90ml milk

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Do let me know if you try this recipe and what you think of it!

 

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook - here are a selection!!

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    220Kcal
  • Carbs

    39g
  • Protein

    10g
  • Fat

    3g

Recipe Comments

Comments (26)

  1. posted by Sarah on November 25, 2013

    I have tried to make Quinoa Porridge a few times and it has always took ages and ended up tasting horrible so I was excited to see this recipe. I did step 1 & 2 last night as I’m up at 4am for work and this mornings simply heated half the mixture on the hob with Almond Milk, handful of raisins, half a grated apple & half a banana & I topped it with a few nuts and it was delicious!! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s breakfast already!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 27, 2013

      Hurray! So glad you liked it :) It’s such a yummy recipe isn’t it! A great alternative to porridge :) Thank you for your comment Sarah! x

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  2. posted by Amy Dodge on November 28, 2013

    Made the quiona porridge loved it deff do it again.i used oatly milk.added cinnamon almonds and dried fruit.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 30, 2013

      Hi Amy! Love your additions :) and that milk too!! Oats AND quinoa.. can’t beat it ;) xx

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  3. posted by Saronya on November 29, 2013

    This is amazingly delicious, perfect for cold winter mornings, and you can jazz it up however you like! Being the chocoholic I am, I added coca powder and cinnamon whilst adding the milk. This is the second time in a row I’ve had quinoa porridge and I absolutely love it, thank you ever so much!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 29, 2013

      Aw no problem :) Thank you so much for your amazing pic too!! You’ve inspired me to make some cocoa quinoa porridge tonight for tomorrow now :) xx

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  4. posted by amy on November 29, 2013

    I am so making this for breaky :D how many calories would you say is in this ? x

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 29, 2013

      Hi Amy! All the nutrition stats are displayed in the blue box near the top, to the right of the picture in the middle :) Do send me a pic! xx

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  5. posted by Emma (@chiltondiva) on November 30, 2013

    I made your Quinoa porridge for breakfast yesterday morning as I was intrigued about how it would taste after seeing it on your blog. It was very easy to make, having done steps 1 & 2 last night, and I enjoyed and will be adding to the breakfast menu! I did have quite a bit left over, enough for another portion, so last night I added some sultanas, frozen blueberries, a sprinkling of cinnamon and an extra splash of milk, popped it in the oven for 20 mins, added a tablespoon of Greek yoghurt and I have just devoured my very own quinoa-rice-pudding! Delicious!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 30, 2013

      SUCH A GOOD IDEA!! Thank you so much for it!! Can’t wait to try it out myself :) xx

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  6. posted by Bei on December 1, 2013

    Really delicious – didn’t have any fruit in the house.. So used cacao nibs, peanut butter, seeds and nuts as my topping. Thanks for an amazing and easy recipe. X

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 1, 2013

      That sounds gorgeous.. and it looked gorgeous too! Thank you Bei! xx

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  7. posted by Caroline on December 11, 2013

    Tried for the first time today – wow is all I can say – had it with banana and agave syrup – it was absolutely lovely – will be having this again.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 11, 2013

      Aw thanks Caroline! So glad you liked it :) xx

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  8. posted by Annette Weaver on December 13, 2013

    LOVE your recipe, LOVE your heart-shaped bowl, LOVE you :) xxx

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 13, 2013

      Aw thank you Annette :) hehehe, all in the presentation hey ;) Love you lots too! xxx

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  9. posted by Carla Gallagher on January 14, 2014

    Tried this recipe for breakfast this morning and totally loved it, I willl probably not be able to resist making it again for tomorrow. I used almond milk in mine but as it takes longer to soak up (I find this with regular oats too), I would recommend maybe using around 70-75ml rather than 90ml milk. Added cinnamon and mashed in half a banana which made it lovely and creamy. This ones a winner for me!

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  10. posted by Hollie on January 22, 2014

    Mmm…yum. I made it this morning with grated apple, coconut milk and added cinnamon, coconut & chopped walnuts when it was cooked. Very tasty and a great alternative to oat porridge (I was all out) plus as a bonus I have extra for tomorrow. Great idea to post different ways to mix it up too.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 23, 2014

      Hurray! Aw so glad you liked it Hollie :) Thank you for your comment! xx

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  11. posted by Joyce on April 7, 2014

    Do you rinse the quinoa before soaking? Trying to add new porridges to our breakfast lineup and this sounds really good. Thanks Joyce

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  12. posted by Beth on July 8, 2014

    I love the heart shaped bowl!

    Beth x

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  13. posted by Janet on August 4, 2014

    Hi Nic, I like to try new things and trusting your recommendation made this for breakfast. I do eat quinoa but had not considered eating it for breakfast. I was surprised how nice it is. Normally as a change from oats sometimes I will have cous cous for breakfast. That is nice too. I hydrate the cous cous in water as directed and then add yoghurt and fruit, occasionally cinnamon too. Your quinoa makes a nice hot breakfast option unlike the cous cous which is cold.

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