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Quinoa Porridge with Berries

Quinoa Porridge, gluten free, oat free porridge, naturopath Kirily Thomas

Winter calls for porridge for breakfast to warm us up! But many people find oats problematic, so quinoa is a great alternative. Try this nourishing Quinoa Porridge with Berries for a warming, nutrient-dense breakfast.

What is quinoa?

Quinoa (pron. keen-wa) originated in Central America, where it’s been used for centuries. Although technically a seed, it’s classified as a whole grain.

It’s highly nutritious and protein-rich as it contains all of the nine essential amino acids (so it’s great for vegans and vegetarians), as well as high amounts of magnesium, calcium, B-vitamins and other minerals.

It can easily be found these days in supermarkets, organic stores, and health food shops. Choose the tri-coloured quinoa, as the red and black quinoa contain polyphenols which can feed our beneficial microbes. It is slightly more nutty in texture than regular white quinoa.

This recipe can be made with leftover cooked quinoa, making it very versatile and super quick to make in the morning! Leftover cooked quinoa can also be frozen in portions for easy porridge making. Top with any combination of berries you like (these are high in polyphenols), apple slices and nuts and seeds like walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds (which are high in omega 3 fatty acids) and/or a big scoop of nut butter. Get creative!

This recipe serves 2 people.

Quinoa Porridge with Berries


1/2 cup tri-coloured quinoa

1 cup water

1 cup milk of your choice

1 tspn vanilla extract

1-2 tspn cinnamon

pinch sea salt

Raw honey or maple syrup, to taste

Berries, apple, nuts and seeds, nut butter (optional – choose your own preferences!)


Soak quinoa overnight if you can or just rinse thoroughly to remove the saponins (the bitter tasting coating).

Add quinoa to a saucepan with the water and cook on a medium heat until the water has absorbed.

Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt to the quinoa and cook until heated through.

Divide into two bowls and sprinkle with toppings of your choice and drizzle with honey or maple syrup to taste.

This recipe is a great way to add lots of diversity and nutrients to your daily diet that are good for your health and gut health! I hope you enjoy my Quinoa Porridge with Berries – let me know if you make it and you can always tag me on socials.

If you love this quinoa recipe, try my Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Feta Salad too!

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