Chilly mornings make you want to stay in bed – unless you have something really warm & yummy to look forward to for breakfast. How does a hot creamy quinoa porridge with chai spices and sweet sauteed pear sound? It’s gluten free, sugar free, high protein and vegan friendly.
Slippers on – to the kitchen!
For a quicker morning cook-up, you can put all the porridge ingredients in a pot and leave it sit overnight ready to put on heat in the morning.
For the porridge you need:
1/2 cup quinoa (ensure you rinse it first to get rid of the saponins)
1 + 1/4 cup milk of choice (we like almond or coconut)
1 tsp raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp each (ground) nutmeg, cardamom, cloves
1/4 tsp minced or finely grated ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
few drops vanilla extract
pinch of salt
>Put all the ingredients in a saucepan in no particular order. Bring to gentle boil then allow to simmer covered for approximately 15mins, stirring occasionally. As soon as the quinoa seeds are translucent-ish all the way through, they are ready.
Whilst the porridge is cooking prepare your fruit topping.
For the pear you need:
1 bosc pear (the brown-skinned variety)
1 tbs coconut oil
>Heat coconut oil in a frypan, finely chop pear and sautee until soft and golden.
Top the porridge with the pear pieces and voila! Add a bit more milk to your bowl and sweeten with a little honey if you like.
We have also tried this with a peeled green apple and it worked wonderfully.