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Quick Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Nuts and Fruit (gluten-free!)

May 25, 2015
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I love singing the praises of quinoa–especially this wonderful quinoa breakfast porridge!

Did you know that quinoa isn’t a grain? It’s actually a seed. (And it’s gluten-free!)

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Nuts Milk and Berries

 

Each cup of cooked quinoa contains a whopping 8 grams of protein.  Plus, it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.

Besides being a nutritional powerhouse, quinoa is a delicious and versatile food that can be adapted for every meal of the day.  (See my quinoa patties recipe.)

I especially love quinoa for breakfast and often whip up this quinoa breakfast porridge for a quick and satisfying start to the day.  (It also makes a great snack!)

Best of all, it can be made with any toppings you happen to have on hand.  I suggest nuts and/or seeds, dried cranberries or raisins, coconut, fresh fruit, cinnamon, and/or almond butter.

Quick Quinoa Breakfast Porridge with Nuts and Fruit (gluten free)

First–How to Cook Quinoa:

To make your quinoa breakfast porridge, you’ll need some cooked quinoa on hand.  Simply follow these 3 easy steps to make perfect cooked quinoa:

1. Rinse 1 cup uncooked quinoa (white, red, or tri-color) in a fine-meshed strainer under the faucet.  This removes any saponin residue which can give quinoa a slightly bitter taste.

2. Place the rinsed quinoa in a pot and add 2 cups water.  Bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Note, this will make more than you’ll need for the following recipe.  Store leftover quinoa in the refrigerator in a covered container for 3 to 4 days.

For 1 serving of quinoa breakfast porridge:

You’ll need:

1 cup cooked quinoa (see directions for cooking above)
1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
Stevia or sweetener of choice
Dash of sea salt
Desired toppings: nuts and/or seeds, dried cranberries or raisins, coconut, fresh fruit, cinnamon, and/or almond butter

Directions:

Drizzle milk over quinoa and warm in a small saucepan over medium heat just until heated through (or microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute).  Sprinkle with salt and sweetener and stir.  Add desired toppings.  Quinoa breakfast porridge also tastes great cold, straight out of the fridge, making it a great grab and go breakfast!

enjoy (and have a beautiful day!)  ♥

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