I like eating warm quinoa for breakfast. It warms me up and keep my hormones well balanced as it is a complex carbohydrates and low in GI.
This warming high protein and low GI coconut quinoa porridge is a perfect meal on days when you want to eat something a bit different from the usual porridge or eggs that you have for breakfast, but get this, its still a healthy meal. This South American grown super seed is a complete protein and great gluten free alternative to starchy grains. There are many types of quinoa, including white, red and black quinoa. You can get it in flaked form, finely milled into flour or processed into quinoa milk.
Its healthy benefits make it extremely popular among healthy-eating conscious people, sports professionals, vegetarians and vegans. As a complete protein It contains all nine essential amino acids, rich in fibre and it has twice the protein content of rice or barley. It is packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and manganese. There is no real reason why not to enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.
I made this creamy coconut quinoa porridge with full fat coconut milk and coconut oil. You can chose a lighter version of coconut milk but it just won’t come out so creamy. I didn’t add any sugar as I don’t like my food to be too sweet but you can always add a spoon of coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar. Just keep in mind that nutrition value will change when adding sugar. I spiced it up with mixed spices such as ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom to enhance the taste and make it even more delicious but you can easily make it without if you don’t like the spices or if you prefer to keep it more plain.
Makes: 2 portions
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar or any other unprocessed natural sweetener (optional)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Pre-wash quiona and leave it to drain. In a medium pan combine milk and water and bring to boil, slowly add the quinoa and sugar.
- Mix well, turn heat down to low and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Once cooked, let it cool and serve into bowls. Top it up with your favorite toppings.
My favourite toppings are:
– Frozen or fresh berries
– goji berries
– shredded coconut
– sliced fresh banana
– chia seeds
– flaked almonds
– crushed pistachios