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

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Enjoy!

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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