Quinoa Porridge

Quinoa Porridge Recipe - Simmered quinoa and oats in milk and cinnamon makes a rich and hearty porridge. This porridge is great on a crisp fall day.


Quinoa Porridge

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When Bets and I were hiking the Incan trail a few weeks ago, I was pretty concerned about what our breakfast situation was going to be. I knew I would want some serious breakfast since we would be walking approximately eleventy-million steps.

The last thing I wanted was for someone to toss me a granola bar and send me along the path.

Luckily, we were in the hands of some true hiking experts and breakfast would consist of at least a few wonderfully filling options. There was always some sort of egg thing, cakes, jams, and lots of tea, but what really did it for me every morning was porridge.

It took me a few tastes to figure out that it was quinoa porridge instead of oats. It was always spiced with various things and made slightly on the runny side. You could actually drink the stuff.

For my version, I made it a bit thicker but it was still very delicious.

Quinoa Porridge

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Simmered quinoa and oats in milk and cinnamon makes a rich and hearty porridge. This porridge is great on a crisp fall day.


1 cup rinsed quinoa
1/4 cup oats
2 cups milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground nutmeg


Brown sugar


1) Rinse quinoa under cold water.

2) In a medium pot, bring milk and water to an almost simmer over medium heat. Add oats and quinoa.

3) Add in pinch of salt, cinnamon, and syrup.

4) Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.

5) If the mixture looks really thick, add another 1/4-1/2 cup of water.

6) Stir porridge and make sure the quinoa is cooked through.

7) Serve with butter, almonds, honey or brown sugar.

Quinoa Porridge

The Quinoa

There’s a bit of a problem with this dish as a breakfast option: Quinoa is freakin’ expensive now. It has become super popular and the cost has really shot up over the last few years.

People are just obsessed with the stuff.

Frankly, I wouldn’t substitute this for my normal daily oatmeal in the winter just because it would get a bit pricy.

But it’s a great change occasionally. The quinoa has a much different flavor and texture and has more protein so it keeps you filled and energized during the morning.

Remember that it’s always a good idea to rinse quinoa before you use it. The stuff is rarely cleaned well before packaging especially if you buy it in bulk.

quinoa - Quinoa Porridge
QGotta rinse it.

Heat the milk and water in a pot over medium heat so the milk doesn’t burn.

Then add in the oats and quinoa and cover the dish. The small amount of oats just help thicken the porridge a bit.

oats - Quinoa Porridge
Just a few oats.

Cover the dish and let it simmer away for about 20 minutes.

The nice thing about this porridge is that you can play around with the consistency of it. Sometimes I like it really thick so I’ll just uncover the pan and let the liquid evaporate. Other times I like it more on the runny side so I’ll add some extra water to it.

Don’t forget to toss in your spices and seasonings also. They really make the porridge.

cooking Quinoa Porridge
Simmer slowly.

To be honest, the finished porridge doesn’t look all that special, but it’ll taste great. Promise.

finished Quinoa Porridge
Looks bland but tastes great.

As with oatmeal, I think half the fun is in the toppings. Maybe a dab of butter? Some almonds? Brown sugar or honey? All of the above?

Get creative with it.

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Great start to the day!

Like I said, this won’t Quinoa Porridge replace my normal oatmeal, but it is a nice change occasionally.

If it kept me energized for the trail, it’ll probably be able to get you through whatever your day brings!

6 Responses to “Quinoa Porridge” Leave a comment

  1. This looks yummy. Do you think it would still taste good if I made it the night before, and reheated it in the morning?

    1. I don’t see why not! You’ll probably want to add a bit more water/milk to it in the morning to loosen it up a bit, but it would probably work out fine. Good luck!

  2. This is perfect! My kids love oatmeal in the morning (as long as I call it porridge) and I was just thinking I need to start adding other grains to it. Thank you!

  3. Check the bulk section! I live in Seattle, where quinoa is ridiculously popular, but I’m still able to get it in bulk for $2 a pound. Sure, that’s twice the price of rolled oats, but I generally use a serving size of 1/4 cup dry, so that’s about $0.25.

  4. Now for our oatmeal..we place all the ingredients in a pot the night before. We do this with old fashion oats. Something about soaking it overnight with the milk and some sweetner…then it is cooked in the morning.
    Just wondering, how do you think quinoa would handle being uncooked and soaked in the water/milk mixture all night? Do you think the texture would not be good?
    Thank you! Just found your site to make some breakfast sandwiches and came across this recipe. Looks good!
    ps. we buy a big bag of organic quinoa at costco and the price isn’t that bad. I think it is 9.99 for a bag (not sure of the size but bigger than reg. store bought.

    1. Hmm… that’s tough! I think it would do okay, but quinoa tends to be a bit more fragile than oats… If you soaked it overnight, you would probably just need to heat it up basically in the morning which is probably your goal.

      If you give it a shot, let me know how it goes…

      Thanks for reading!

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