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
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
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.