I love quinoa, and I don’t eat it nearly enough. Since going through my (seemingly never ending) fitness bar development phase I learnt that a high quantity of nuts and seeds just doesn’t agree with my digestion. Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein but I’m taking a little respite from them to get my body back on track so I need to fill up on alternative protein rich whole foods.
This seems to sit well with my digestion and is so endlessly versatile I need to bring this food into my everyday diet a lot more. These chocolate cookies and also these banana ones are a great option- they will be my new ‘grab-and-go’ snack fuel for the time being.
Whilst I am familiar with adding quinoa to top a bowl of soup or to form the base of a salad, I have only recently started experimenting with sweet versions. With the freezer now stocked with batches of cooked quinoa portions I figured this a was the perfect opportunity.
Here I’ve kept it simple with a breakfast quinoa porridge, this was inspired by my recent foray with buckwheat porridge so I felt pretty confident it could work! I lightly spiced it with cinnamon and nutmeg to compliment quinoa's 'nuttiness' and sweetened with mashed banana for an extra breakfast boost and then topped with just a few chopped walnuts, date sugar and raisins (and more cinnamon)....mmmmm, gives my oats a run for their money!
This would be fab topped with my breakfast sprinkles to further sweeten and jazz things up too!
Recipe : Creamy quinoa porridge
3/4 cup cooked quinoa (I defrosted a freezer prtion)
1 mashed banana
1 tbs peanut butter or almond butter (for extra creaminess)
1/2 - 3/4 cup non dairy milk to reach desired consistency (I like mine loose and creamy)
approx. 1/4 cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
2 tsp chia seed (optional)
nuts and fruit and date sugar or my breakfast sprinkle for topping
On the stove top add the cooked quinoa and milk and warm through on a medium heat, after 2-3 minutes add the mashed banana and nut butter and mix through evenly until creamy.
Add a little extra milk if needed and add the spices and chis seed in the final minute.
Spoon into a bowl and sprinkle with toppings.
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