Mix up your morning oatmeal with quinoa! This coconut quinoa porridge is a delicious, healthy, and filling breakfast idea. It’s filled with plant-based nutrition and warming flavors.

Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten Free) | Daisybeet, MS, RD

You guys know I love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning – no matter the time of year. I adore the sweet flavors of the oats and fruit toppings, and the filling and energizing hit of complex carbs to get me through the day.

I wanted to mix up my daily oatmeal bowls, so I created this coconut quinoa porridge recipe! Porridge is a warm breakfast cereal made by cooking grains in water or milk.  Porridge can be cooked with sweet ingredients like honey or fruit, or it can be a savory dish when cooked with spices, vegetables, or meat. Oatmeal is a type of porridge, but pretty much any grain can be a porridge.

If you’re an oatmeal lover like me, you will adore this coconut quinoa porridge! It’s creamy, comforting, and filled with warming flavors like cinnamon and ginger. Topped with fresh fruit and nuts, it has a good balance of filling fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten Free) | Daisybeet, MS, RD

Ingredients in coconut quinoa porridge

Here are the ingredients you need to make this coconut quinoa porridge:

  • Quinoa
  • Light coconut milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh ginger
  • Lemon Zest
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Toppings of choice: I added pomegranate, apple, banana, blueberries, walnuts, and pepitas
Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten Free) | Daisybeet, MS, RD

How to make coconut quinoa porridge

This coconut quinoa porridge recipe is so easy to make! It takes just about 20 minutes on the stovetop.

Combine quinoa, coconut milk, water, cinnamon, lemon zest, ginger, vanilla  extract, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook until the liquid is fully absorbed, and the quinoa grains are soft but still chewy.

Portion porridge into bowls, and add your favorite toppings like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or nut butter.

Quinoa nutritional benefits

Quinoa is an incredibly healthy food to include in your diet. It is a gluten-free grain with a mild, slightly nutty taste and chewy texture. A one cup serving of cooked quinoa provides:

  • 5 grams of dietary fiber
  • 8 grams of plant-based protein. Quinoa is considered a complete protein, because it contains all nine essential amino acids we need to obtain from our diet. Most plant-based protein sources are missing an essential amino acid, making quinoa quite unique. 
  • 30% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium
  • 15% of the RDA for iron
  • A good source of other micronutrients, like folate, phosphorus, and manganese 

Because quinoa is gluten free, it is safe to eat for those who have Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance. 

One serving of this coconut quinoa porridge (1/4 of the recipe) without toppings provides 6 grams of protein and 3.5 grams of fiber. It’s the perfect nutrient-dense base to add fiber, protein, and healthy fat-rich toppings.

Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten Free) | Daisybeet, MS, RD

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Coconut Quinoa Porridge with Cinnamon and Ginger (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Mix up your morning oatmeal with quinoa! This coconut quinoa porridge is a delicious, healthy, and filling breakfast idea. It’s filled with plant-based nutrition and warming flavors.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: breakfast

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • Toppings of choice: I used pomegranate, apples, blueberries, and walnuts

Instructions

  1. Add quinoa, coconut milk, and water to a medium saucepan. Stir in salt, cinnamon, maple syrup, lemon zest, and grated ginger.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until liquid is fully absorbed.
  3. Portion quinoa into bowls, and add your toppings!

Notes

  • Can be prepared ahead of time and reheated when ready to eat. Just add a little splash of milk or water and microwave for 1-2 minutes to warm it up.

Keywords: coconut quinoa porridge, vegan, gluten free

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