I am always trying to find new, quick breakfast options for my busy weekdays. With three young boys, I find that my mornings tend to be really busy, and I need to come up with something that both my kids and I can enjoy quickly before we start our day.
Lately, I’ve really been enjoying making overnight porridge recipes! What really appeals to me about them is their simplicity and versatility- I can combine any of my favourite grains or seeds, any fruits, any milks and any sweeteners to make a delicious breakfast that’s ready when I wake up. It really takes the guesswork out of breakfast first thing in the morning!
If you’ve been following my blog regularly, you might have seen my overnight porridges using chia seeds (I have a couple now!). I decided I wanted to do a quinoa-based recipe, just to mix things up a bit. Quinoa is actually a complete protein, which is really beneficial first thing in the morning as protein allows your body to have a steady stream of energy all day. Quinoa is also loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, and riboflavin. Beyond that, it has a pleasing, nutty flavour and a great texture, and works really well in this recipe!
I chose to use almond milk in this recipe, but you could substitute any non-dairy milk of your choosing. Likewise, while I used maple syrup in this recipe, date syrup or agave would both work equally well. For the toppings, I used cherries, granola, and pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, magnesium and omega fatty acids, while cherries are full of vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. Of course, you can use whichever fruit or nuts you like in this recipe- the more diverse you make it, the more nutritionally beneficial it will be!
I hope you like my overnight quinoa! Breakfast should be fun and easy, and eating well shouldn’t get in the way of that! As always, eat well to live well!
- 2 handfuls Quinoa flakes
- 1 cup Almond milk
- 1 tbsp Coconut cream
- Maple syrup
- Pumpkin seed
Mix together the quinoa flakes, almond milk, coconut cream and as much maple syrup as you like. Leave in the fridge overnight.
2. Top with cherries, granola, and pumpkin seeds.