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I have always thought of quinoa as a savory grain, until the day my friend from Peru introduced it to me in a smoothie. Quinoa, pronounced (keen-wa), is a whole grain and when cooked it has a fluffy creamy texture and a nutty flavor, plus it has a lot of protein. It works as a great breakfast alternative to oatmeal or cream of wheat. Try it!

Quinoa Porridge



  1. In a medium size sauce pan on medium/high heat, bring the water and quinoa to a rolling boil.
  2. Turn to low, cover, and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed.
  3. Stir in milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts, cherries, and sweetener. Enjoy!

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  1. Sometimes the texture of oatmeal gets old to me…I bet this is a great alternative. I love quinoa, and never thought of it as a breakfast or sweet meal, but I just might have to give this a shot!

  2. Jun

    Thanks! It’s just what I need tomorrow first thing in the morning.

  3. This sounds fabulous and a wonderful change from my normal oatmeal!

  4. Carol

    It’s funny, I was like you thinking of quinoa as savoury until reading this and yet I didn’t have the same perception of amaranth, which I like to make sweet & eat cold as a pudding-like dessert (it’s great with pureed mango & greek yogurt). A tip about amaranth for those unfamiliar: toast it first, it helps digestibility and also gives it a rich awesome flavour. Anyway, thanks I am making quinoa porridge tomorrow morning!

  5. Oatmeal is a favorite cold-weather breakfast of mine, but I love the idea of mixing it up a bit and making this quinoa porridge every now and then. It looks great!

  6. @ Stephanie & Jun….thanks, let me know what you think!

    @ Jennie….thank you!

    @ Carol…thank you for the tip! I have never cooked amaranth, but would like to try. Any good savory recipe suggestions?

    @ Lauren…I agree..oatmeal is just so good, but this is a nice alternative and keeps me full longer. :)

  7. Hilary

    This has revolutionized my breakfast! Yum! Thanks!

  8. hi corrine, i love your blog, the recipes are great, last time i tried the gluten free zuchhini pancakes.
    Quinos Porridge is absolutly my favroite breakfast, at first because of the proteins and at second quinoa is my favorite grain. I mix it with overnight oats and precooked spelt. adding chia and some gojis, and a lot of fresh fruits and almond milk, perfect.
    Thanks for having another quinoa fan in the blogosphere:-)

  9. @ Regina…thanks for your comment and feedback!

    @ Hilary…glad you like this breakfast!

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