Quinoa Porridge Recipe

Quinoa Porridge Recipe

Ever since visiting Nourish (Sheffield’s only healthy 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. Quinoa is actually a seed and not a grain, and so is naturally gluten free – ideal if you have coeliac disease.


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


Quinoa Porridge


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


Quinoa Porridge


  • 100g quinoa (uncooked)
  • 500ml water
  • 300ml milk
  • To sweeten: grated apple/handful raisins/banana


  1. Rinse the quinoa (to remove any bitter taste) and add it to a pan along with 500ml of cold water.
  2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the grains begin to 'split' (total time on the hob is 20 minutes). Drain any excess water using a sieve.
  3. Over a low-medium heat mix together the quinoa and milk before adding your natural sweetener e.g. grated apple & raisins, stevia or mashed banana and vanilla and stirring.
  4. Once heated and the milk has absorbed, serve your quinoa porridge topped with fruit and nuts (I use pomegranate seeds & walnuts or sliced bananas and berries) & add a dash of cinnamon and/or honey if you fancy it!


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!

To make an individual portion use 1/2 of the quinoa (120-150g cooked weight) along with 150ml milk

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

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 220

% Daily Value

Total Fat 3 g


Total Carbohydrates 40 g


Protein 10 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Sarah
    November 25, 2013 / 7:00 am

    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!

    • November 27, 2013 / 7:21 pm

      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

  2. Amy Dodge
    November 28, 2013 / 7:42 pm

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

    • November 30, 2013 / 10:00 am

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

  3. November 29, 2013 / 1:20 pm

    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!

    • November 29, 2013 / 7:06 pm

      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

  4. amy
    November 29, 2013 / 9:38 pm

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

    • November 29, 2013 / 10:48 pm

      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

  5. Emma (@chiltondiva)
    November 30, 2013 / 11:18 am

    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!

    • November 30, 2013 / 11:24 am

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

  6. December 1, 2013 / 10:54 am

    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

    • December 1, 2013 / 7:14 pm

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

  7. Caroline
    December 11, 2013 / 11:57 am

    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.

    • December 11, 2013 / 8:18 pm

      Aw thanks Caroline! So glad you liked it 🙂 xx

  8. Annette Weaver
    December 13, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    LOVE your recipe, LOVE your heart-shaped bowl, LOVE you 🙂 xxx

    • December 13, 2013 / 5:28 pm

      Aw thank you Annette 🙂 hehehe, all in the presentation hey 😉 Love you lots too! xxx

  9. Carla Gallagher
    January 14, 2014 / 6:46 am

    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!

    • January 14, 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Hurray! So glad you like it Carla 🙂 xx

  10. Hollie
    January 22, 2014 / 10:14 am

    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.

    • January 23, 2014 / 7:14 am

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

  11. Joyce
    April 7, 2014 / 1:48 pm

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

  12. July 8, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    I love the heart shaped bowl!

    Beth x

  13. Janet
    August 4, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    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.

  14. Samantha
    January 26, 2015 / 12:42 am

    I add goji berries to the cooking process and eat it cold mixed into yoghurt for a summer breakfast.

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