Flaxseed Quinoa Porridge
Have you ever had quinoa for breakfast? Try this healthy flaxseed quinoa porridge. It’s the perfect superfood breakfast and only requires only a few ingredients to make.
When the weather gets cold, there’s nothing like a nourishing bowl of creamy quinoa porridge to warm up to. The best part is that you just need a few simple ingredients. Once you get it down, you can prepare it in different ways. This recipe uses grain-free superfood ingredients and is my current cool weather breakfast addiction.
Why You Should Make this Porridge
If you already have a favorite breakfast cereal you may be wondering why you should make this flaxseed quinoa porridge. If you happen to be gluten free you may not know that the while oats are naturally gluten free, the majority of oat crops are contaminated with wheat. That’s because the same trucks that pick up the oats collect the wheat from the fields.
To limit this risk of contamination, some people use gluten-free oats. Of course, if you’re following a grain lifestyle, that doesn’t solve the problem of oats not being grain free.
I’m not going to go into all the benefits of limiting grains here, but if you’d like to lower inflammation, limit debilitating disease and lose weight (especially around the waist), a grain free diet is the way to go. For those that like eating a warm bowl of cereal in the morning, you’ll find that this cereal has similar textures with the added benefit of having two superfoods: quinoa and flaxseed.
As an added benefit, foods like flaxseed and quinoa help to lower blood sugar, reduce heart disease and curb appetite. Going to the bathroom should also get easier after a enjoying a bowl of this delicious breakfast treat.
Ingredients in Flaxseed Quinoa Porridge
You only need a few ingredients for this recipe.
- quinoa seeds (A type of edible pseudograin that comes in comes in red, yellow, black and white. I used the white quinoa in this recipe).
- ground flaxseeds (Gives the porridge a creamy slightly nutty flavor)
- maple syrup (Use 100% organic syrup for natural sweetness)
- vanilla extract
- ground cinnamon (get the best that you can)
- sea salt
- optional: fresh berries
Health Benefits of Quinoa Flaxseed Porridge
Quinoa: Quinoa is chucked full of health benefits. For example, there is a large amount of protein. Just one cup of quinoa gives you 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber! Another benefit of quinoa is that it is a complete protein. That means that it has all nine essential amino acids.
Flaxseed Meal: One serving of ground flaxseed is packed with protein, fiber and omega-3 fats. Flaxseed is a great source of b vitamins, like thiamine. Thiamine is great for energy production and cell metabolism.
Non-Dairy Milk: I recommend using unsweetened nut milk like almond milk or macadamia milk for this recipe. If there is a nut allergy, or you want to keep things nut-free, coconut milk is also another feasible option.
Vanilla Extract: Use real vanilla extract not vanilla essence.
This recipe is pretty simple to put together. You don’t even need a food processor.
- medium saucepan
- serving bowls
How to Make this Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
One you get the basics down of this soul-nourishing bowl of goodness, you can customize it using fresh fruit and nuts. You can even top the porridge with hemp seeds or chia seeds for a boost of healthy fats and fatty acids.
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Do not add extra oils or seasonings. This part should take about 15 minutes.
- Once the water has dried up, add milk, flaxseed, maple syrup and salt keeping on low-medium heat.
- As the porridge cooks, keep stirring until some of the milk evaporates and it starts to get thick. In a matter of minutes. you’ll have a new favorite breakfast that is healthier than regular oatmeal using amazing ingredients.
- Top with fresh blueberries and an additional drizzle of maple syrup.
Other Ways to Top this Superfood Breakfast
How to Store Leftovers
Put any leftovers in an airtight container. You can store it up to 5 days in the refrigerator. As a matter of fact, this is a really easy recipe for make-ahead breakfasts. Make the amount of cereal that you’ll need at the beginning of the week. When it’s time to eat breakfast, warm the cereal you’d like in a saucepan and add the appropriate amount nut milk. Heat slowly until the desired thickness and temperature is achieved.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 2 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Do not add any additional seasonings or oil.
- Once the quinoa is cooked, lower the heat and add almond milk, flaxseed meal, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to the same pot.
- Stir intermittently.
- Cook for 10 minutes until mixture thickens up and desired consistency is achieved.
- Serve with chopped walnuts, blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup as desired.
Quinoa comes in several colors. You can use whichever you prefer. I used white quinoa for this recipe.
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