Quinoa Porridge with Blueberries and Pecans

Quinoa Porridge with Blueberries and Pecans
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I discovered quinoa shortly after I started food blogging and I have been hooked ever since. Not only is quinoa good for you but I really enjoy its texture so I keep coming back for more. At first I was using it primarily in salads and then I started using it in soups and stews and then I discovered that it could be used in sweet dishes such as porridge and that just blew my mind! I tried a quinoa porridge right away and it was good! Since then it has been one of my staple breakfasts for the colder days of the year. Even though the days are finally staring to warm up, I came across some blueberries in the grocery store and I knew that I would be doing at least one more quinoa porridge before it got too warm. One of my favourite porridge flavour combinations is blueberries, maple and pecans and it goes great in porridges so I did just that a blueberry quinoa porridge sweetened with maple syrup and topped with some toasted pecans.

Quinoa Porridge with Blueberries and Pecans

Quinoa served as a breakfast porridge with blueberries, pecans and a touch of maple syrup.


Servings: make 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon peacans, toasted and coarsley chopped
Directions
  1. Bring the quinoa, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Mix in the blueberries, add more mil to taste and top with the pecans.

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52 comments:

MrsPresley said...

i've never had quinoa before. this sounds like a great way to eat it though

Peter M said...

Once again, you've reminded me to get some Quinoa so I can try it.

Porridge, oatmeal...all good, stick to the stomach stuff.

redforever said...

Quinoa is great stuff. My favorite all time recipe using quinoa is this Moroccan stew.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/233714

I just made a few adjustments. I cooked both the stew and the quinoa in chicken broth, I never drained the tomatoes and I doubled the cumin because we like it a lot.

Greg said...

That sounds really good. Quinoa is so versatile. It should be a staple in everyone's kitchen.

Gigi said...

Sounds like a good breakfast for those cold winter mornings.

Lisa said...

I love quinoa and don't eat it as often as I should, though I did have it for dinner tonight. Lovely recipe.

Dani Spies said...

Kevin - Quinoa is my "Food Focus" ingredient this month...I am definitely going to give this a try!

Nicole said...

Wow, Kevin, great minds think alike! I just had quinoa for breakfast yesterday! It was so good and satisfying! I cooked mine with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and raisins. I stirred in a touch of vanilla extract at the end and served with chopped walnuts and honey. It was delicious!

Tania said...

I'm just starting to get into quinoa, but have thusfar only eaten it in savoury preparations. This porridge looks really tasty! What a great idea!

Dani said...

I am definitely trying this in the morning...thanks for the recipe!

AnticiPlate said...

I tried this recipe this A.M. and wow! I love quinoa. Who knew? I added dried cherries, bananas, and pecans with a pinch of cinnamon. Delicious!

Anna said...

i'm glad i've stumbled upon this recipe. i set myself some food challenges for 08 and one was to cook with quinoa. i've made a stew and a salad but this breakfast looks yummy.
i also saw a great flan at http://canelaycomino.blogspot.com/2008/03/whb-quinoa-flan_03.html and a bolivian dessert called pisara that's flavoured with honey.

Kevin said...

That quinoa flan sounds really good!

LisaRene said...

Keep on the look-out for "flaked quinoa". I buy it at my local health food store in the oatmeal section. It is quinoa which is "flaked" and resembles rolled oats (sort of). You can cook it just like you would oatmeal or oat bran. I also bake muffins using the flaked quinoa.

amandalouden said...

dont forget to sprout your grains for proper digestion.

My Garden said...

porridge is very common in China. Some restaurants serve over 30 varieties of porridge...they are yummy and nutritious.

Anonymous said...

it looks like tapioca pearl; but i have never tasted quinoa before. i would like to try this. enjoy your site and the wide selection of choices to make.
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Kristin said...

I'm so glad you posted this recipe! I've been looking for good ways to use quinoa ever since I had it in several dishes while in Peru. Definitely going to try it!

Barry said...

Most people only think of couscous in savory settings, but a delicious warm breakfast cereal can be made out of couscous in much the same way.

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Martin Jordan said...

Also you can prepare this recipe with rice, tastes good if you like this combination. Add cinnamon too.

To me quinoa is best as salad with finely chopped vegetables / paprika, cucumbers,etc/ and garlic,mustard, lemon dressing.

Food Glorious Food! said...

Never tried Quinoa before but your pictures really luring me to get some to try!

Correen said...

I turn people onto quinoa (keen-wah) every chance I get..love it too! Mmm! on your idea...AND ~swoon at the addition of blueberries and pecans, two of my faves. Your photo is beautiful by the way.

Kat @ Cupcake Kat said...

I love quinoa. My favorite way to eat is for breakfast with fruit so I'll definately try this

Joanne said...

You always make eating breakfasts look so much fun! Quinoa is one of my favorite whole grains! This looks SO delicious!

Katherine said...

I love quinoa but never thought to have it for breakfast! Can't wait to try this recipe.

Jessica said...

Oh my, that looks heavenly!! I just bought some wonderful blueberries at Sam's Club. Where do you buy quinoa? I have heard of it, but never bought it. Is it pricey?

Hannah said...

I'm usually not too fond of sweet preparations of quinoa, but your photo just looks too enticing... So sharp and crisp, but cool and refreshing. Now I want to try this!

savoringeverybite said...

I love quinoa too! It may be warmer outside these days but a nice hot breakfast is still my favorite way to go! Love the blueberry/pecan combo.

Mai said...

This looks amazing and I'm sure it's tasty too.

Anonymous said...

Although I have made Quinoa with veggies for a side dish, I had never seen it as a porridge. I made this today- it is fabulous. The nutritional value of it is pretty amazing, thanks again Kevin- you sure know how to eat well! Maggie

plumbing said...

Although not a common item in most kitchens today, quinoa is an amino acid-rich seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard.

Kevin said...

Jessica: You should be able to find quinoa in larger grocery store in the health food or whole grains section. Otherwise most health food store carry it and I have also seen it in bulk stores.

helma said...

I like this recipe by 101 cookbooks

diek_11 said...

I bought quinoa some time ago for a recipe and I just never got around to trying it. Your porridge recipe with the blueberries caught my eye. I am eating it as I type, outstanding. The texture and flavor makes oatmeal take a backseat to quinoa!

barrister said...

thanks for the delicious recipe! i've had red quinoa sitting in my pantry for months and this was a great use for it! the texture + flavorful additions make for a hearty breakfast.

julie said...

found your recipe on pinterest a while back but just had the opportunity to make it today. plan on writing about it on my blog next monday if you want to check it out. gave you all the credit :-) i loved it! thanks for sharing your cooking adventures.

Punctuation Mark said...

This looks amazing!!!

Detektei said...

I love normal porridge and I have to try your recipe. I love the combo of blue and brown on your pics... So beautiful!

lauren said...

is this reg quinoa or a diff variety, looks red in the photo, just wondering. looks delicious!

Kevin said...

lauren: Quinoa comes in thre colours white, red and black. Other than the colour it is the same quinoa.

Janice @ losing weight said...

If you haven't tried Quinoa you definitely should. It is a delicious super food?

Hopefully you have because it really has a lot flavor and taste great, and it is so healthy for our bodies, the perfect addition to your diet plan. And if you are trying to lose weight it is a great high fiber food to help you succeed.

I started eating healthy low calorie meals for dinner which included a lot of quinoa recipes. It is life saving to start eating healthy again. I was able to plan in advance my diet meals and exercise routine and keep track of the number of calories I was consuming. It helped me to stay on track with my required number of calories to lose weight and also to see what my biggest challenges were which was night time snacking.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Thanks for the recipe--I'm looking for ways to incorporate quinoa into a variety of meals. Mine came out a little crunchy though, after bringing it to a boil in the milk mixture and simmering it on low for 15 minutes. Should it be covered while simmering? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Yes, that should have been simmer covered.

cindersc said...

Can I make a big batch and heat it up through the week?

Kevin said...

cindersc: Yes, that is how I like to do it! Just leave out the berries or fruit until you serve it and you may need to add more milk.

Melody Corsiglia said...

This was fantastic! And my one year old loved it too yum yum!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if it can be dehydrated for trail use.

niccichard said...

Have you ever tried using a substitute for the milk? I know milk is in that grey area for Paleo.. . Would love to explore other options!

Kevin Lynch said...

niccichard: How about coconut milk or a nut milk like almond milk?

Katie @ Produce On Parade said...

Yum, Kevin! This looks so hearty and healthy too! Perfect for all my Alaskan blueberries I picked this August ;)

Melissa said...

I've been making a similar recipe for many years now, except I use diced apples instead of blueberries. I also "toast" the pecans in a small skillet for a few minutes before dropping them on top of the cereal. Simply divine!

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