What’s for Breakfast: Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge

by deborah on October 28, 2014 · 25 comments

in Breakfast, Nourish, Recipes, Vegan

What's for Breakfast: Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge

I admit it.

I am a quinoa porridge virgin.

For years, I have started my day with a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed

lemon juice.

Then I ate a variety of fresh organic  fruit as well as green tea for breakfast.

Sometimes I also made a “superfood” green smoothie and had that as part two of my

daily kickstart.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of hearty, delicious-looking quinoa porridge photos

and recipes– but up until recently I had never tasted quinoa porridge.

Last month, I popped into my local Organic Avenue and while browsing their

appetizing array of healthy, raw and vegan delights, I spied a small jar marked

Quinoa Berry Porridge.

Here was my chance to try it at last, and I was so glad I did.

Sweet, rich, hearty, creamy and so so satisfying–I was hooked!

How had I missed out on this healthy, deliciousness for so long!

I went back to Organic Avenue again and again to buy my newest addiction.

Quinoa porridge is a great way to increase our intake of plant-based protein and

other valuable nutrients at breakfast, so I finally decided to experiment with making

it at home.

Here is my spin on quinoa porridge using organic red quinoa which tastes a bit

heavier and heartier than golden quinoa–making it perfect for my kind of porridge.

Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge

What's for Breakfast: Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge

Makes 3 servings


1/2 cup organic red quinoa
1/4 teaspoon ground organic cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons organic shredded coconut
8 organic brazil nuts (sliced and presoaked)
4 tablespoons sunflower seeds (presoaked)
4 tablespoons raisins (presoaked)
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
Optional toppings: Goji berries, banana slices, fresh berries

What's for Breakfast: Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge


Heat a saucepan over medium heat and measure in the quinoa.

Season with cinnamon and cook until toasted, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.

Pour in the almond milk, water, vanilla and stir in the brown sugar and salt.

Bring to a boil.

What's for Breakfast: Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge

Add in the shredded coconut, raisins, seeds and nuts, then cook over low heat until

the porridge is thick and grains are tender, about 15 minutes.

Add more water if needed if the liquid has dried up before it finishes cooking.

Stir occasionally, especially at the end, to prevent burning.

Divide porridge into serving bowls.

What's for Breakfast: Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge

Top with goji berries, banana slices, fresh berries or more shredded coconut, if desired.


It’s your turn…

Have you made quinoa porridge?

What ingredients do you like to add to your porridge?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Sami October 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I am guilty of starting my day off the same way every morning! This would be a great way to change it up. Thanks for the yummy recipe!


GiGi Eats October 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

SUCH a great replacement for anyone who is gluten-free!!!! 🙂 Wonderful source of protein for the morning too!!! #wowlinkup


Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club October 29, 2014 at 8:42 pm

This recipe definitely looks filling for breakfast and I am always on the look out for some good breakfast recipes. I just might try this one. #wowlinkup


Heather @ Divas Run for Bling October 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I am a HUGE quinoa fan. This will defintly be on my I need to try soon list #wowlinkup


Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth October 30, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Isn’t quinoa for breakfast the best? Your recipe looks so delish I can’t wait to try it!


Taylor Gilmore October 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I’ve never tried quinoa porridge, but your dish looks delicious! I’m pinning this to my yummy foods board.


Annie October 31, 2014 at 8:05 am

I’m a bowl-of-oatmeal + green smoothie kind of breakfast person. Every once in a while I’ll switch up the grains and add brown rice or quinoa. Oh, and waffles on Sunday morning ;-)!


Sylvia Lewis October 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Sounds like a nice change of pace. Every now and then I will insert quinoa into savory melas for lunch or dinner. But, breakfast? Looks like a plan. Will give it a whirl!


deborah October 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hi Sylvia,
I hope you try it. It’s a nice change from oatmeal and amazingly filling.


Patricia A. Patton November 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Looks delish although I cannot fully imagine how quinoa as a breakfast dish tastes. Tell me one thing: are you toasting the quinoa in oil or a dry pan?


deborah November 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Hi Patricia,
I dry toast the quninoa in a preheated pan without oil. Before I tasted quinoa porridge I could not imagine liking it. I find that the red quinoa is heartier and richer than the light beige quinoa.


Amanda H November 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Ooh yum I’m a huge breakfast quinoa fan and your toppings look awesome! #wowlinkup


deborah November 1, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Hi Amanda,
Yes, isn’t it delicious. I am so glad to meet another breakfast quinoa fan! What a great way to start the day!


Marla November 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

What a great breakfast food that would give you a great healthy start to the day. Sounds quite tasty with the adding the fruit on top. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays blog hop. Always love you healthy unique recipes. Pinned & twitted.


kimmythevegan November 3, 2014 at 9:03 pm

“I am a quinoa porridge virgin.”
What?! I love quinoa porridge – but yours is much more tasty sounding than my boring old one. I usually just cook some quinoa in almond milk, add a bit of cinnamon & maple syrup and add some fresh fruit on top .
This looks so good!


The Frugal Exerciser November 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

Porridge? I don’t think I ever had porridge unless you count grits as porridge LOL. If I had more time to sit down and make breakfast I would give this a try. My breakfast is usually a FiberOne bar and 1/4 cup of cashews something I can’t eat in my car. #wowlinkup


Marla November 6, 2014 at 9:28 am

Hi Deborah,
Just a note to let you know that I choose your post as one of my features for Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live tonight @ 7 pm EST. Thanks so much for sharing on great recipe with us!


deborah November 7, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hi Marla,
I am so excited to hear that you have featured my Nutty Coconut Raisin Quinoa Porridge at the Real Food Fridays! I sincerely appreciate your support and recognition! All the best, Deborah


CJ Huang November 7, 2014 at 10:48 am

I’ve never made a recipe with quinoa either, but I finally did get my hands on some. 🙂 I’ll have to give your recipe a try! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I’m looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂


deborah November 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Hi CJ,
I really enjoyed partying with you at Five Friday Finds!


Sandy January 8, 2015 at 6:43 am

Oh yummy! That looks so so delicious. I used to have quinoa for breakfast quite a bit but have gotten out of the habit…. might just take that habit up again now 😉


deborah January 8, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Hi Sandy,
I am delighted that you like this healthy breakfast dish! It is a nice change from oatmeal. Thanks for sharing with me. I appreciate it.


Adoring Family March 7, 2015 at 12:28 am

I have never tried a sweet version of quinoa, only savory. This sounds delicious!


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