Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Quinoa Porridge with Honey [Dairy & Wheat free]

Ever heard of Quinoa porridge? Yes, it's a thing and I only really looked into it a few of months back. Oats have always been my go to but lately I've been indulging in Quinoa porridge. This protein packed (quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids), dairy and wheat free breakfast is creamy, rich, low in calories and absolutely perfect for these cold winter mornings. Like oats, there are endless possibilities when it comes to toppings. I mean, what would be the point of breakfast if you didn't have the option to jazz it up a bit? I don't know about you but I'm totally a breakfast person. So, if you're not on board just yet with never skipping your breakfast, you should start thinking about jumping on the bandwagon. Quinoa porridge can be made the night before and reheated the next morning if you are pushed for time. During the summer months, I was no doubt over indulging in homemade smoothies for breakfast. As soon as the temperature fell, I moved on to oatmeal and quinoa porridge; ahhh there is nothing quite like a nice warm bowl of porridge to get you fueled up for the day. Speaking of which, I need this fuel for the 2 hours of Biochemistry ahead. After all, the Metabolism module  is not exactly the easiest thing to grasp. Quinoa porridge to the rescue.
Prep: 5 mins                                                                                Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 4

What you need:

1 cup quinoa
2 cups almond or Soya milk
1/2 cup water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp honey

Toppings:

1 small banana
2 large strawberries
Blueberries
Small kiwi
Mixed seeds


Method: 

  1. Rinse quinoa and set aside. 
  2. Heat up milk and water in a saucepan on medium heat until hot and then add in quinoa. 
  3. Raise the heat slightly to bring to a gentle boil then lower the heat again  (low heat) and cover for 15 mins. Simmer.
  4. Remove lid and stir in honey, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  5. Cover with lid again and simmer for a further 10 mins. 
  6. If the porridge dries up before its completely tender, pour in additional milk or water then cover. Stir occasionally.
  7. When ready, the consistency is like that of oatmeal. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and dish out into bowls.
  8. Add fruit toppings and seeds. 
  9. Serve. 


Enjoy!
Nokhuthula xo
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