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.
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.
Ingredients in coconut quinoa porridge
Here are the ingredients you need to make this coconut quinoa porridge:
Light coconut milk
Toppings of choice: I added pomegranate, apple, banana, blueberries, walnuts, and pepitas
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:
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.