I can’t believe it is the end January already. Wow, time flies. It seems like it was just Christmas a few days ago. I know many folks use this time of year to go on a strict diet of vegetables, water, and air (or something along those lines), which they promptly give up somewhere around the end of January. Me, I’m all about ‘slow and steady wins the race.’
I believe that ‘slow and steady wins the race’ begins with a healthy and nutritious breakfast that is filling but light — filling enough to keep the hunger pangs at bay, light enough to spend all morning outside with the mini chefs, having snowball fights and running across the snow-covered fields.
I did just that yesterday morning (the mini chefs proudly proclaimed victory in the snowball fight), fueled by this dreamy breakfast: Quinoa Porridge with Berries.
Much like my Creamy Tahini Porridge, I developed Quinoa Porridge with Berries with my sister in mind. She loves porridge, but she has trouble digesting normal milk. a2 Milk™ to the rescue (she drinks it daily now and is sooo happy), which is an easier-to-digest milk that has only the A2 protein and not the A1 protein.
I recently learned that a clinical trial of 600 adults in China found that ‘consumption of a2 Milk™ containing only A2 beta casein reduced acute gastrointestinal symptoms compared to consuming conventional milk containing A1 and A2 beta casein proteins.’ All 600 study participants in the clinical trial had self-diagnosed lactose intolerance, and 7 out of 10 were ‘confirmed lactose malabsorbers.’
(Disclaimer: a2 Milk™ is not suitable for cows’ milk protein allergy. If you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance, seek advice from your doctor before use.)
Pretty cool, I’d say. My sister is one happy milk drinker again. Oh, and I should mention the all that milk goodness in this porridge is thanks to Long life semi-skimmed a2 Milk™. Not only is it easier to digest, but the Long life a2 Milk™ has been heat-treated and will stay fresh unopened in your cupboard for up to 6 months. Even better.
So, let’s get started on this quinoa porridge recipe.
Make Quinoa Porridge with Berries in 7 Easy Steps
Step 1. Gather your ingredients: quinoa, milk (a2 Milk™ if you have it), vanilla, cardamom (one of my favourite spices), apple, berries, honey, pumpkin seeds, and almond butter.
Step 2. Wash quinoa under a running tap, rubbing it through your fingers for about 3 mins. This removes the bitter outer coating.
Step 3. Let quinoa drain for a few mins.
Step 4. Add quinoa to a pot with milk (500 ml), vanilla and cardamom and bring to a boil.
Step 5. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook for 15 mins. During this step, you will see tiny spirals coming out of the quinoa (aka the germ).
Step 6. Remove quinoa from heat, fluff the grains and allow them to cool for 10 mins.
Step 7. Top with berries of your choosing (strawberries and blueberries are a popular choice in my household), pumpkin seeds, honey, and the remaining milk mixed with almond butter.
Healthy breakfast perfection, wouldn’t you say?
More Gluten Free Quinoa Recipes
If you would like more gluten free quinoa recipes like this one, check out my Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Veggie Quinoa and my Baked Quinoa Falafels with an Orange Tahini Dressing.
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Quinoa Porridge with Berries
- 150 g quinoa – well rinsed and drained
- 625 ml milk divided - 500 ml for cooking and 125 ml to add over quinoa later
- 0.5 tsp vanilla
- 0.5 tsp cardamom
- 1 apple grated
- pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp almond butter to mix in with 125 ml milk
- Pour the quinoa into a fine mesh sieve.
- Rinse under a running tap and thoroughly wash the quinoa, rubbing through it with your fingers, for 3 mins to remove any bitter outer coating.
- Let the quinoa drain for a few mins to remove the excess liquid.
- Place the quinoa into a pot and add in 500 ml milk, vanilla and cardamom and bring to the boil.
- Reduce to a simmer, cover and let cook for 15 mins - you will see tiny spirals coming out of the seeds.
- Remove the quinoa from the heat, open and fluff the grains and let stand for about 10 mins.
- Serve and top with apple, berries, pumpkin seeds, and honey. Mix almond butter in with remaining 125 ml milk and pour over top.