Quinoa Porridge

Frosts have fallen almost overnight and with these cold temperatures comes, despite our best wishes; summer is well and truly over. All of this makes getting out of bed in the morning harder and harder, particularly to hit the gym before work. At least I know I have a delicious, warming breakfast and a hot cuppa tea waiting for me when I get to work and start diving into the emails and design work. I batch prepped the quinoa porridge on Sunday night so all I have to do is add some almond milk, reheat it for 2 minutes in the microwave and it’s ready. It’s that easy and I know I’m starting the day off right.

While I use quinoa in salads frequently, I was rather sceptical using it in a sweeter context and swapping out chicken and halloumi for caramelised bananas and peanut butter. Much to my surprise, it worked. After a few mouthfuls, combined with the caramelised bananas and nuts you completely forgot the initial worries and were just reaching for another spoonful. With a slightly nuttier taste than an oat-based porridge, you could easily mix and match this one with your favourite toppings, milk choices and spices to keep things interested. This banana, peanut butter combo was absolutely divine (and possibly a new regular) however my usual at the moment would be blueberries, almonds and banana, apple, berries and cinnamon are also a tasty treat.

So why Quinoa over oats? Sadly, it’s a little more expensive but it does have the benefit of being better for you! Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat which studies have shown to be beneficial to not only give you the energy you need in the morning and keep you fuller for longer but improve brain function and help wake you up. Surprisingly, the last few mornings I’ve noticed that I have a little more energy in the morning and don’t find myself reaching for my lunch as 12:00 hits, recently I don’t seem to need lunch until after 1 pm. This quinoa porridge is one trend I can get behind! Yum.

This recipe was inspired by The Curated Life and her delicious looking Quinoa porridge with Rhubarb & Strawberry Compote which you can find here. And boy I wish my food porn skills were up to her standard – but don’t let that put you off, it tastes good!

What are your favourite porridge toppings? Theora xx

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Quinoa porridge (Serves 4)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or your milk of choice)
3/4 cup water
1 t vanilla essence
2 T of honey or maple syrup
Serve with; Greek yoghurt, caramelised bananas and peanut butter, fresh berries, fresh fruit, honey, cinnamon apple… the list goes on

1. In a medium saucepan combine; quinoa, almond milk, water, vanilla and honey. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes on medium heat.
2. Remove the quinoa from the heat and fluff with a fork and divide into a bowl and top with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

Note: If you’re making in bulk for a few days reheat with a splash of almond milk for 2 minutes in the microwave.

Caramelised bananas (optional):
1 banana, sliced
1T butter
10 sliced almonds
2T honey or maple syrup

1. Melt butter and honey on a medium heat in a saucepan, add the sliced banana and almonds and leave for 5 minutes.
2. Flip the bananas and caramelise the other side before serving.


4 thoughts on “Quinoa Porridge

  1. Hey Theora, I absolutely *loved* your variation! But, I’m just as hesitant to try banana and peanut butter together as you were with quinoa porridge! 😉 I’ll let you know how I go! Haha!

    Thank you for linking back to my site! I loved filtering through your posts, we have so much in common! Would you mind if I shared this post on my FB page / blog? 🙂


    Kylie / Curated Life.

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    1. Hey Kylie! Absolutely feel free to link away 😊 Thank you so much for spending the time to read my post 🙌 I absolutely love peanut butter and banana – such a fantastic combination! It makes a pretty great smoothie too!


  2. Hi Thea
    So funny – I actually made this last week – have been playing around with adding precooked Quinoa to cooked onions, spinach and then adding beaten eggs – sort of a quinoa scramble!
    Did the caramelised bananas for an afternoon snack! But no peanut butter!
    Also making chia coconut milk porridge – as below but I heat it up and add some cooked tomatillos or plums – easy to make the night before and then warm and tasty …you already probably do this – taking to work cold for lunch would look pretty in your little jars …
    Love mum

    Chia Seed Coconut Pudding

    ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
    ¼ cup chia seeds
    ¾ cup full fat coconut milk
    ½ cup coconut water
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
    Fruit for topping
    · In a small bowl add coconut, chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut water, vanilla and salt and mix until very well combined.
    · Place in the refrigerator and allow to rest for at least 2 hours
    · Serve with fruit of your choice

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