So many times I passed by the quinoa flakes, looked at them and moved on to the most familiar quinoa whole grain to pick me up some wholesome goodness. The other day I was feeling a bit more adventurous (or maybe just had a wee bit more time on my hands) and decided to experiment with these magical flakes. And boy oh boy, so happy I gave them a go!
Same as rolled oats, quinoa flakes are nothing but steam rolled whole grain. They’re faster to cook and just perfect for busy, on the run weekday breakfasts. No time to cook, not even 5 minutes? Not to worry, you can even let them soak overnight and just grab the jar to go the next day. It really does not get easier or more effortless than that. And hardly does it get more nutritious!
Both oatmeal and quinoa make for good fibre rich breakfasts, but it’s good to mix it up every now and then. Use both. Use buckwheat too. Or chia. Diversity is amazing.
Did you know that quinoa is a good source of protein and contains all the amino acids our bodies need?
And porridge is so awesome. Get making!
- Flesh and water of 1 young coconut, that’s about 1.5 cups after blending (alternatively you can use 1.5 cups of coconut milk)
- 2/3 cups quinoa flakes
- 1/3 tsp vanilla powder
- 2 TBSP pure maple syrup
- Toppings: 2 TBSP unsweetened plain coconut yogurt (or yogurt of choice), berries, seasonal fruits (grapes are so great with this), raw bee pollen (optional) and a bit more maple syrup if you wish
- You can make this porridge overnight or on the stove top in 5 minutes.
- Crack open your young coconut, pour the water in a bowl and scoop out the flesh.
- Clean the flesh and add it to the blender with the coconut water, maple and vanilla. Blitz for few seconds.
- If you’re making this an overnight porridge, scoop out the coconut mix into a bowl and pour in the quinoa flakes. Stir it through, cover and place in the fridge. Magic will happen while you sleep.
- If you’re making in on the stove pot, pour the coconut mix into a small pot and warm it up on medium low heat (more low than medium). Add the quinoa flakes, let it come to a boil and simmer for 1-2 minutes until the flakes absorb some of the coconut liquid and soften up.
- When ready, add your toppings and enjoy either chilled (if made overnight) or warm (if made on the stove pot).