Start your day with a bowl of healthy quinoa porridge with fresh fruit and nuts! This is a very easy and quick to make breakfast that will keep you full until lunchtime.
Breakfast Quinoa Porridge Bowl
Quinoa is a very healthy superfood, it’s a seed (not a grain!) that we all need to eat more of. It’s packed with plant-based protein, minerals, and nutrients. So if you’re getting bored of oatmeal for breakfast every morning, then quinoa porridge is a must try!
This porridge is perfect for meal prep, make a large batch and have it in the mornings throughout the week. All you’ll have to do is add milk, and your favorite toppings and you’re good to go!
What is Quinoa
Quinoa is a seed, not a grain that comes in 3 varieties; white, red, and black! It got very popular in the past decade or so and became one of our healthiest pantry items, and has a nutty taste. Quinoa is packed with plant-based protein, iron, magnesium, and fiber, and it’s really easy to cook.
Add it to your buddha bowls, salads, porridge, to replace rice, to make veggie cakes, and more!
How to Cook Quinoa
Quinoa can be bitter sometimes, and to get rid of the bitterness of the saponin (natural coating), always remember to rinse the quinoa under running water before cooking. Because quinoa seeds are so small, use a fine sieve to rinse it.
The rule of thumb is 1 cup of quinoa needs 2 cups of water. So it’s a 1:2 ratio, and yields 3 cups of cooked quinoa (6 portions).
To a saucepan, add water and bring to a boil. When it starts boiling, add the quinoa and turn down the heat to the lowest setting possible, then leave it to cook covered for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, and let it rest for 5 more minutes covered. And finally, remove the lid and fluff with a fork!
You can also cook quinoa in the Instant Pot, I have the recipe for you if you prefer to use the pressure cooker instead of cooking it over the stovetop.
How to Make Quinoa Porridge
To make quinoa porridge, combine about half a cup of quinoa with 1 cup or less of milk in a bowl. You can sweeten it with maple syrup or your favorite sweetener, and top with fresh fruit, seeds, and nuts.
I like to keep a container with cooked quinoa in my fridge that I cook on the weekend, to enjoy throughout the week and I often cook quinoa when I do meal prep then use it to make quinoa porridge, add it to salads, buddha bowls, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
1 cup of quinoa takes 20 minutes to cook from start to finish.
Quinoa has a mild nutty flavor, to get rid of the bitterness always make sure to rinse it before cooking to remove the saponin (natural coating). If you intend to use it in a salad, or as a savory side, then cook it in vegetable stock or broth instead of just water.
Quinoa is not a carb, it’s a seed packed with protein but it’s not low in carb.
Yes, quinoa is gluten-free but make sure that the package says that it’s GF certified and it’s 100% quinoa.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 and ½ cups almond milk or your favorite milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- fresh fruit
- peanut or almond butter
- To make quinoa porridge, combine about half a cup of quinoa with 1 cup or less of milk in a bowl.
- Flavor it with vanilla extract and sweeten it with maple syrup or your favorite sweetener. Top with fresh fruit, seeds, and nuts and serve.
- Nutrition values are calculated for a portion sweetened but without any toppings.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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