I’m a big fan of breakfast! It’s so important to start your day out right, and what better way to do that than with a big bowl of quinoa porridge?
Recently, quinoa has become a staple in our house- and with good reason! It’s so nutritionally complete, filled with fiber and protein, vitamins and minerals. It’s no wonder that the ancient Aztecs relied upon it for years to sustain their bodies and fill their bellies. It is so delicious, too! Slightly nutty, with a good chew factor, quinoa really does have it all!
This recipe is pretty versatile, and you can definitely change up the toppings to fit your own personal tastes. However, I decided to make a quick puree of papaya, just to add a big hit of vitamin C and flavour, as well as dates (for that extra sweetness!), walnuts (for crunch!), coconut (just because I love it!), blueberries (for antioxidants, vitamins and flavour!), and maple syrup- which, by the way, is full of complex B vitamins, riboflavin, protein, potassium and calcium (and you thought it was just a yummy topping for pancakes!).
One piece of advice when making this porridge- don’t leave out the maca powder! It adds a fair bit of sweetness, and is full of benefits. As a woman, I find it important to keep my hormones balanced, which maca helps to do. It’s also incredibly high in calcium (more so than cow’s milk!), which is not only important to me as a woman- women have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis than men later in life- but is also extremely important for my childrens’ growing bodies. I put a high priority on making sure my family gets as much nutritional value as possible, and little additions like maca powder are an easy way to ensure that they can eat delicious, nutritionally dense food on a daily basis.
I hope you enjoy my quick, easy porridge recipe! How do you like your porridge? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you for reading, and as always- eat well to live well!
- 3 tbsp quinoa flakes
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 tsp Goji berries
- 1 tsp Maca powder
- 1/3 papaya chopped into quarters
- 2 dates chopped
- coconut flakes
- maple syrup
1. Cook Quinoa flakes and goji berries in almond milk until done, roughly 30 minutes. Add coconut cream and maca.
2. Meanwhile, puree the papaya in a high power blender until smooth.
3. Pour the quinoa porridge into a bowl. Top with a generous spoonful of papaya sauce, and finish with toppings.