5-Minute Creamy Quinoa Porridge
Creamy and satisfying, this quinoa porridge requires only 4 ingredients and is a wonderful alternative to oatmeal.
Guys, I only have 1 week left to my super strict elimination diet!!! If you don’t know what I am referring to here, be sure to read my previous blog article where I explain exactly what it entails and all the foods I was supposed to avoid for 6 weeks.
The past 6 weeks have been rough! At first, it was really hard to eat enough in one day as I realized that before going on this elimination diet, I would snack on a lot of foods that were now restricted: peanut butter, almond butter, nuts, tofu and bread. I would end my days feeling kind of hungry and wake up with an empty stomach.
After a few days of this, I thought I could not last 6 weeks doing this as my energy levels really started to decrease. I decided to go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of new green light foods I did not consume regularly and did not have in my pantry. Very quickly, these foods became a staple for me:
Cooked chestnuts (they are a really good snack, fill you up between meals and frankly I really love their flavour)
Red lentil pasta (since lentils were not off the table, I bought a big quantity of my favorite red lentil pasta to enjoy for dinners and even snacks – nothing better than a little bowl of freshly cooked pasta tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper!)
Green plantain flour (this one might sound weird but it is a cool alternative to flour and it turned out to be quite useful these past few weeks to make delicious pancakes)
Most importantly, I discovered quinoa flakes. Quinoa flakes are basically just quinoa that has been rolled out to make a flake. The flakes themselves are considerably smaller than oats, which is awesome because it means that your porridge can be ready in minutes and they are also very delicate so if you are not much of a fan of the chewy texture of steel cut or even old fashioned oats, you will love these.
Like any product that is not a universal staple, these are a little more on the pricy side, but I thought it was well worth the investment to make my morning routine go as smoothly as possible all while enjoying a whole food that is packed with nutrients.
A FEW NOTES ON THIS RECIPE
I would not suggest swapping the quinoa flakes with another flaked grain. The internet is full of recipes for using all kinds of grains in porridge. So be sure that if you are following this recipe, you are using quinoa flakes.
In terms of milks you can use for this porridge, use what you have. The reason I used coconut milk is because that is pretty much the only milk widely available that I can have on the elimination diet I am following.
If you do not have goji berries on hand, feel free to swap them out with other small dried fruits (like raisins, dried blueberries, dried mulberries...) or a chopped dried fruits (like apricots, prunes, figs, strawberries...).
The toppings for this bowl are totally up to you. I used what I had on hand and I have topped this bowl with a variety of fruits over the past few weeks. Every time the result was delicious.
Well here you have it guys. If you are looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe to try, this one is awesome. In my opinion it is just as delicious as oatmeal, but with a more nutty flavour and ready in half the time.
If you do end up trying this recipe and enjoy it, share it on Instagram and tag me(@muriellebanackissa).
5-Minute Creamy Quinoa Porridge
Prep time : -
Cooking time : 5 minutes
Total time : 5 minutes
Yield : 1 serving
1 cup liquid (I personally like to use 3/4 cup water + 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk, but any combination would work) *
1 tbsp dried goji berries
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup quinoa flakes (I use this brand)
Add water/milk, goji berries and salt to a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add quinoa flakes and stir.
Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 3 minutes.
Transfer to a bowl and garnish with your favorite toppings. Here I used a combination of hemp hearts, chia seeds, puffed quinoa, cherries and red currant.
Enjoy hot or warm!
* I like my porridge a little on the runnier side so I stick to 1 cup of liquid per 1/3 cup of quinoa flakes, but if you prefer your porridge a little thicker, then decrease the amount of liquid to 2/3 cup or 3/4 cup.