Easy healthy quinoa porridge | Thermomix and conventional method

This easy and healthy quinoa porridge is just as nourishing, just as filling and delicious. It also has the added bonus of being totally gluten free!

It’s no secret.  I love oats.  But even a self-confessed oat-a-holic needs a break every once in a while.  This easy and healthy quinoa porridge is just as nourishing, just as filling and just as delicious.  It also has the added bonus of being totally gluten free!

I find that this healthy quinoa porridge is the perfect breakfast f0r those days I feel a little more sluggish than usual.  They are light and nourishing yet still fill me up.  Exactly what I need out of a breakfast.


Quinoa is also a wonderful option for toddlers and babies once established on solids.  Rich in nutrients and easy to digest, they make a perfect breakfast option.  I would suggest using pureed fruit to sweeten if serving to babies/toddlers in place of the natural sweetener and stirring through additional milk/milk alternative once cooked to make a super creamy porridge.

YUM!

As always, the ingredients used in this recipe can be found at your local supermarket.  The only ingredient that may be slightly trickier to get your hands on is the quinoa flakes.  I used the Macro organic quinoa flakes from Woolworths in Australia but if you can’t find them or your local supermarket doesn’t stock them, jump online and search for a local stockist.  They are slightly pricier than oats for example, but a little goes a long way.

Quinoa flakes are actually a great kitchen staple to have (especially if you are gluten free) as they can be used for a whole range of recipes, including as a breadcrumb substitute.  Once purchased, store them in an airtight container.

This easy and healthy quinoa porridge is just as nourishing, just as filling and delicious. It also has the added bonus of being totally gluten free!

This easy and healthy quinoa porridge is just as nourishing, just as filling and delicious. It also has the added bonus of being totally gluten free!

This easy and healthy quinoa porridge is just as nourishing, just as filling and delicious. It also has the added bonus of being totally gluten free!


 VARIATIONS AND NOTES

  •  For a creamier porridge swap the water for milk of choice (e.g. almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk).
  • I personally prefer using stevia as it does not spike blood sugar levels like other sweeteners can.  If you don’t like stevia you can try natural sweeteners such as maple syrup (the actual stuff, not just maple flavoured sugar), rice malt syrup, coconut sugar or honey (non-vegan option).  Avoid artificial sweeteners.
  • For a fruity porridge add 1/4 cup blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to the bowl before cooking;
  • For a nourishing and filling porridge add 2 tbsp crushed almonds to the bowl before cooking.
  • This recipe serves two.  If making for yourself, the second serving will keep well in the fridge for 1-2 days.

I also had a few requests for a Thermomix version of this super easy healthy quinoa porridge.  It’s super easy to make on the stove the conventional way (below) but it’s even easier in the Thermomix.

Easy healthy quinoa porridge | Thermomix method
 
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Cuisine: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 tsp natural sweetener of choice (eg. stevia, honey, rice malt syrup, maple syrup)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • Fruit to serve
Instructions
  1. Add the water, quinoa flakes, natural sweetener and cinnamon to the mixing bowl;
  2. Secure the lid without the measuring cup;
  3. Set 4mins | Temp 100 | Mixing speed | Reverse;
  4. Add additional water (1-2 tbsp) in the last minute of cooking if required;
  5. Using a spatula, scoop the quinoa porridge from the mixing bowl and into serving bowls;
  6. Drizzle with almond milk and serve with fruit.

EASY HEALTHY QUINOA PORRIDGE – conventional method

  1. Add the water, quinoa flakes, natural sweetener and cinnamon to a pot and bring to the boil;
  2. Reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer for 3-4 minutes until cooked, stirring with a fork every so often to prevent the porridge from sticking to the bottom of the pot;
  3. Add additional water (1-2 tbsp) if required;
  4. Remove from the heat and scoop the quinoa porridge into serving bowls;
  5. Drizzle with almond milk and serve with fruit.

This easy and healthy quinoa porridge is just as nourishing, just as filling and delicious. It also has the added bonus of being totally gluten free!

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