We don’t eat a lot of cereal in this house. Breakfast is usually some form of toast with butter, jam and tea. It’s not the most nutritious meal, I know. A few times a week, I’ll scramble up some eggs. On a special occasion, it’s French toast or pancakes with bacon. Something like this coconut quinoa breakfast porridge recipe is a bit on the healthy side for us. I didn’t think my husband would like it, but after scoffing at my “sounds like California” meal, he managed to scarf down the whole bowl.
If you love coconut, this recipe is heaven. There’s coconut three ways. The quinoa cooks until tender in creamy coconut milk; it’s sweetened with coconut sugar and topped with coconut chips. A little seasonal fresh fruit and some chia seeds make this a super healthy meal that is as satisfying as it is delicious.
I topped mine with Danielle Roasted Coconut Chips. These are so incredibly buttery good. Grab them to try if you see them in them in the store. You can use coconut flakes as well. In fact, you could add just about anything to this and it will be good. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Nuts (walnuts, pine nuts, almonds)
- Raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, apricots or prunes
- Fresh pineapple, grapes, peaches
- Flax seed, nutritional yeast
- Honey, yogurt or granola
- Cinnamon, ginger or cardamom
- 1 13.5 oz can unsweetened coconut milk (this way, you control the sugar)
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup) quinoa
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or more to taste)
- Pinch salt
- Pinch nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 6 tablespoons (3 oz) milk, water or almond milk
- Sliced strawberries
- Sliced banana
- Coconut flakes or chips
Rinse quinoa in a strainer. In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk, quinoa, coconut sugar, salt and nutmeg over medium heat until simmering. Cover and cook on low heat, 15 minutes, stopping to stir a few times. While it is cooking, soak the chia seeds in the 6 tablespoons of milk, water or almond milk. Add the chia seeds and liquid to the quinoa towards the end of cooking, as the coconut milk is absorbed. Add more liquid if needed to get the consistency you want.
Serve with fresh fruit and toasted coconut flakes.