I know I don’t usually share recipes and food on here but my eating habits and lifestyle have changed quite a bit in the last 2 months as I continue to tackle my gut issues. I have never spoken about my gut issues on here but it is something I’ve been battling with for over 5 years now – so maybe I’ll talk about it in another blog post or on my socials. However, this is a lifestyle blog after all so I wanted to share with you how I make this gut friendly, protein packed quinoa porridge. If you are sensitive to oats but love porridge, this grain is a great alternative. Here is what you will need:
400ml of plant based milk of choice
1/2 scoop of plant based protein powder
1 cup Quinoa
1 dried bay leaf
1 or 2 Cinnamon sticks
1 small piece of ginger (to grate)
3 cardamon seeds
Cinnamon powder (optional)
Sweetener of Choice (optional or if not using protein powder w/ sweeteners)
- Measure out 1 cup of quinoa and soak in a fine mesh strainer, in a bowl of water, for about 30mins
- Once soaked, mix the plant protein powder and milk in a measuring cup and set aside.
TIP 1: The original recipe called for coconut milk but I did not have this so I used almond milk and found that adding the protein powder helped to achieve a thicker consistency, similar to coconut milk. However, if you are not using protein powder, you can use coconut milk and add a sweetener of choice. I didn’t use any additional sweetener as my protein powder already contained stevia.
- Gently crush cardamom seeds (just to crack them open slightly) and break up the Cinnamon stick and bay leaf.
- Combine the milk mixture with cardamon seeds, bay leaf, clove and Cinnamon stick in a small pot on medium to high heat. I added Cinnamon powder for extra flavour because I love Cinnamon ❤
- Throw in Quinoa in pot and allow to bubble or boil slightly. Stir frequently as the mixture begins to bubble and froth up.
- Once you notice the quinoa grains have swollen and the porridge begins to thicken and bubble up slightly, reduce heat and allow the porridge to thicken just a little more to desired texture.
TIP 2: If you are using a protein powder, it is best to either use more than the recommended amount of milk OR simply remove the pot from the fire before the porridge reduces too much. As the porridge cools, it will thicken a little more. If the porridge reduces and thickens more than you would like (this happened to me) simply add a little extra milk at the end to achieve your desired thickness.
- Serve porridge in a bowl and garnish with toppings of choice! Eat and enjoy 🙂
TIP 3: I used a frozen berry mix I got in Pricesmart so if you are also using frozen fruit, heat it up slightly before garnishing your porridge.
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