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Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 8 ingredients

This quick-and-easy porridge is a great alternative to oatmeal, and it packs in a lot of protein. If you have leftover quinoa, re-heat it with milk and continue to Step 2. For a non-dairy version,...


  • 1 cup red or white quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
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Nutrition Facts


217 cals


4 g

Saturated Fat

1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

1 g


39 g


9 g


4 g


8 g


23 mg


  1. Bring quinoa, water, milk, and cardamom pods to a boil in a small saucepan.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add in the frozen blueberries and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly absorbed.
  2. Stir in honey and cinnamon. Turn off heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes. Add more milk if you prefer a milkier porridge, discard the cardamom pods and serve with toasted almonds.

Chef Tips

This can be made the evening before and quickly heated up with a couple tablespoons extra of milk in the morning, or even eaten cold — just hold off on the almonds until you are ready to eat.

If you have leftover quinoa, omit the water and heat up the quinoa with the milk.

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