I found the inspiration for this recipe from Ubud (Bali), where I loved to have it for breakfast. I’ve add some other ingredients following my tastes, like cinnamon which I love. This quinoa porridge is very healthy, nutritional, filling, easy to digest and super easy to make! And even if it’s a warm dish, you can eat it at any time of the year, even in summer. Then let’s go!
(All organic if possible)
half a large bowl of white quinoa
the double volume of quinoa for water (of good quality if possible)
unsweetened almond milk or another plant-based milk you like (e.g., rice milk)
coconut cream (coconut gives a nice taste but you can also use almond / rice cream)
1 apple (or pear), peeled and diced
1 sliced banana
1 teaspoon of honey or coconut flower sugar or coconut nectar to sweeten (I used a New Zealand thyme honey)
cinnamon (I put a lot because I love it so much, the best way is to put a certain amount, blend well, taste and then add more if you want)
roasted argan oil (optional)
1) In a pan: plunge the quinoa straight into water and let it boil over high heat initially. Then reduce the heat and ensure to regularly blend it all using a wooden spatula for example.
2) Add the almond milk and coconut cream when the quinoa is already cooked (you don’t see water in the pan anymore).
3) Let it for another 3 minutes over low heat while adding the cinnamon and honey (or other sweetener), blend.
4) Finally add the fruits and let them warm for about 1 minute while continuing to gently blend everything together.
Ready to serve in a nice bowl with 2 dried prunes on top and pour a little bit of argan oil for an exquisite roasted hazelnut kind of taste.
Other ingredients you can add into your bowl at the end of the recipe
– seeds (e.g., sesame, flax or sunflower seeds)
– dried fruits and berries (e.g., cranberries, blueberries, dates, goji berries, coconut flakes)
– fresh fruits (blueberries and green grapes match very well)
You can even store it in your refrigerator for one day and warm it up the next day with a little bit of almond milk.
Food st★rs used for this recipe
Cinnamon … is full of powerful antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, boosts the immune system, improves digestion and metabolism, decrease the risks of heart disease and increases the good cholesterol level, helps against cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and many infections and bacteria. Cinnamon is also very renowned to regulate the sugar blood levels and is therefore fantastic for diabetics.
There are two sorts of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon (the “true” one) and Cassia cinnamon which is more commonly used. Choose the Ceylon cinnamon for better properties and taste!
Quinoa … is a gluten-free cereal that contains all the essential amino acids, lots of proteins, antioxidants, fibers, minerals (mostly magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, …) , boosts metabolism and is like cinnamon very recommended for diabetics because of its low glycemic index (good substitute wheat or white rice).
This all makes a perfect breakfast for diabetics if using no/less banana and sweetener, or using a tiny bit of coconut sugar or nectar.
Finally, fruits are as always healthy and if you’re healthy you look more beautiful as well!
Bananas … help eliminating dark circles and puffiness under your eyes
Apples … brighten your eyes
Pears … for an unlined and wrinkle-free skin
Almonds … soften your skin
Coconut … brings youth to your skin