5-Minute Spiced Quinoa Coconut Porridge

Spiced Quinoa Coconut Porridge - paleo, gluten free, dairy free

This porridge is a wonderful alternative to morning oats. Quinoa packs a decent amount of protein and loads of fibre. It is a slow type of carbohydrate, which means it will release energy gradually. You can read more about the benefits here.

Spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, this quick breaky resembles a cup of warm chai tea. Coconut milk is full of healthy medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) – in particular, lauric acid – which is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin.

It has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and it may help protect the body from infections and viruses.

Add sliced banana or berries depending on your carbohydrate needs. Sliced pear or mango also goes well with these flavours.

Now, we call it a 5-minute porridge because we’re using pre-cooked quinoa. What we recommend is that you cook a batch of quinoa and freeze it in smaller portions for whenever you need it.

Simply defrost a portion overnight and use it the next morning. It freezes really well and will last for a couple of months in the freezer.

Spiced Quinoa Coconut Porridge - paleo, gluten free, dairy free

How to cook quinoa for the porridge

Soak the quinoa for 3-4 hours in a bowl of water (twice as much) and a generous pinch of salt. This will denature some of the antinutrient compounds such as phytic acid and lectins.

Strain and rinse pre-soaked quinoa well and add to a medium pot. Fill the pot with twice as much cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 12 minutes.

Strain and rinse under cold water, then let it sit in the sieve for 10-20 minutes to remove any excess liquid. Freeze in ziplock bags in single or double portions (1/2 cup per serving).

Alternatively, you can buy some pre-cooked white quinoa, but beware of what else is added to the packet such as rapeseed oil, salt and preservatives.

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5-Minute Spiced Quinoa Coconut Porridge
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 serving
  • ½ cup tightly packed cooked quinoa (white, ideally)
  • 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup coconut milk (full fat, 60% coconut, mix the tin well)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 4-5 pods of cardamom or ¼ teaspoon powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • small handful dried cranberries
  • small handful pumpkin seeds
  • ½ banana or ½ cup berries
  1. Combine quinoa, shredded coconut and coconut milk in a small pot and place over medium-high heat. Add the spices, pumpkin and cranberries and stir through. Bring to boil and cook for 1 minute on simmer, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and serve with sliced banana or berries.
Spiced Quinoa Coconut Porridge - paleo, gluten free, dairy free

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  1. J+E | Real Simple Good July 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Love the spice combination!! Sounds yummy!

    • Alex July 19, 2016 at 2:26 am - Reply

      So warming. Thanks!!!

  2. Dennis July 20, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Where’s the breakdown of fat, carbs, protein, etc.?

    • Alex July 20, 2016 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Dennis, unfortunately we do not calculate macros so you’ll have to do that on their own although it’s moderate protein, low-fat and a bit high-carb to give you an idea.

  3. BUrban August 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    This is great in the mornings! Gives me energy to get through work! Excellent alternative to regular oatmeal.

  4. maria Fernanda August 14, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    An excellent breakfast proposal! great recipe!

  5. Mila August 14, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    This is an awesome breakfast for busy mornings! I usually just toss it into a mason jar and take it with me to snack on at work- it’s surprisingly filling but not too heavy! Love!

  6. Laura August 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Great alternative to oatmeal. My 15 month old was begging for more. I am pregnant and I can tell when I have this is the morning because I am not falling asleep at my desk all day!

  7. Samantha August 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I made this porridge as a higher protein alternative to steel cut oats. This is a very filling breakfast that will keep me full until lunch. Also great with fresh peaches!

  8. Delsin West August 15, 2017 at 5:24 am - Reply

    This has so much more flavor than oatmeal and tastes great with fresh fruit. It is a great cozy meal or a great way to start off the day.

  9. Mel August 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Plan out your breakfast for a week with this porridge. It’s delicious and filling with the option of adding fresh fruit. It gave me energy to start out my day.

  10. Belle Carandang August 16, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    An energy giving breakfast! It gives you also the choice of other fruit toppings. A great alternative for cereals and oatmeal.

  11. Anna August 16, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Quick and super healthy breakfast! Love the combination of tastes. Lovely recipe!

  12. Reema August 16, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Never thought that quinoa could be used as a morning staple. This is so innovative and delicious. This is a recipe I will have to share with my mom.

  13. Paxton R. Ozbun August 19, 2017 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Never had quinoa before. It was a great addition to the dish

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