This delicious quinoa oatmeal is a creamy porridge with a slight chewy texture from the quinoa. Made on plant based milk, this creamy quinoa and oat porridge is delicious served with lightly stewed strawberries. This recipe is wheat free, dairy free and refined sugar free. The quinoa adds a beautiful earthy flavour to this porridge with a subtle taste of lemon from the lemon zest.
If you're looking for a hearty, tasty and healthy start to the day then this quinoa oatmeal with stewed strawberries is perfect for you. This delicious porridge is a great way to start the day, providing a range of essential nutrients. For more delicious oatmeal and porridge recipes try my Porridge With Egg, Banana Porridge, Strawberry Porridge or Healthy Nutella Porridge.
Why You'll Love This Quinoa Oatmeal
There is so many reasons to love this quinoa breakfast bowl! A lot of other recipes for Quinoa Oatmeal are made using just quinoa, with no oats at all (so it's not really oatmeal then right?). Using oats as well as quinoa creates a delicious texture and a hearty porridge that will keep you full for longer! Here's why I love this recipe:
- healthy breakfast - this creamy quinoa porridge is a healthy breakfast, providing loads of dietary fiber, essential amino acids (from plant-based protein), complex carbohydrates and a host of other nutrients.
- plant-based - this breakfast porridge is made dairy free, plant-based and vegan.
- delicious - this porridge is so full of flavor, the tart yet slightly sweet strawberries pair perfectly with the zesty lemon and creamy porridge. Topped with crunchy toasted almonds, it's a flavor sensation!
Health Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa is what is referred to as a "pseudo grain", meaning that it isn't actually a grain but a seed. However it has a similar nutritional profile to a grain. Quinoa is completely gluten free and is a good source of plant-based protein, fiber, rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals (magnesium, iron manganese and zinc). Quinoa can be bought as a whole grain, a flour or quinoa flakes. Eating a diet rich in fiber can help to promote a healthy digestive system and cardiovascular system (as it helps to clear cholesterol). A diet rich in fiber also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, which can reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Ingredients Notes & Substitutions
The ingredients for this recipe can be found at the grocery store and health food stores. For the quinoa porridge you will need:
- white quinoa - I prefer white quinoa for this recipe because of the texture once cooked. White quinoa tends to be slightly less chewy than black quinoa or red quinoa. However, you can use whichever quinoa is your favorite. For this recipe I recommend the quinoa seeds and not quinoa flakes.
- rolled oats - I recommend using old fashioned rolled oats that are non-contaminated / gluten free. This means they haven't been contaminated with wheat or other gluten containing grains during processing. In the United States they are known as gluten free oats, however in Australia they are called "certified non-contaminated oats".
- hemp seeds - feel free to swap for other seeds like chia seeds, flaxseeds or flaxseed meal.
- almond milk - you can use your favorite non-dairy milk of choice like cashew milk, oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk beverage or soy milk.
- lemon zest - lemon zest is optional and adds a delicious flavor. You can swap lemon zest for vanilla extract, lime zest or ground cinnamon. Or add a cinnamon stick to the oatmeal while cooking and remove before serving.
For the stewed strawberries you will need:
- fresh strawberries
- pure maple syrup - you can also swap for coconut sugar, honey, rapadura sugar or brown sugar.
- lemon zest
To serve you will need:
- coconut yoghurt
- natural flaked almonds, toasted
You can top this porridge with just about any of your favorite additions. I have included how to make the stewed strawberries in the recipe, however you can always just use the base recipe for the quinoa oatmeal and add any of your favorite toppings. Here are some ideas:
- your favorite fruit - I like to use seasonal fresh fruit or fresh berries (like fresh raspberries,
- stewed or poached pears or apples
- a dollop of nut butter (like almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter)
- coconut flakes
- pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds or chia seeds
- cacao nibs
- roughly chopped and toasted cashews
- roughly chopped Brazil nuts
How to Make Quinoa Oatmeal with Stewed Strawberries
For best results, follow my step-by-step guide to make this delicious quinoa breakfast recipe.
First, add the oats, ¼ cup of quinoa, hemp seeds, almond milk, water and a teaspoon of lemon zest to a large saucepan. Place the saucepan onto the stove top and ring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a medium-low heat and simmer, stirring throughout so that the porridge doesn't stick.
While the porridge is cooking, it's time to make the stewed strawberries. Add the strawberries, maple syrup, lemon zest and water to a medium saucepan. Stir to combine and turn on to a low-medium heat to gently simmer the strawberries. Once the strawberries are nice and soft, turn off the heat and set aside.
To serve, add a serve of the quinoa oatmeal to a breakfast bowl, top with stewed strawberries, coconut yogurt and flaked almonds. Or top with your favorite toppings!
How to Meal Prep Quinoa Oatmeal
Having this easy oatmeal recipe prepped ahead of time can really help you still have a nutritious and filling breakfast, even on those busy mornings. To prep this breakfast ahead of time:
- Follow the recipe to make the quinoa porridge and stewed strawberries.
- Divide the coconut yogurt, strawberries and porridge between 3 x 375mL jars.
- Place the lid on each jar and store in the fridge.
- To re-heat, transfer to a saucepan and top with a splash of milk and heat on medium, stirring while heating.
- Transfer to a bowl and top with toasted almonds.
Store for up to 3 days in the fridge.
Once cooled to room temperature, store the quinoa oatmeal in an airtight container for up to four days in the fridge. Store the stewed strawberries in a seperate airtight container or glass jar with a lid in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat in a small saucepan with a little dash of milk before serving.
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- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup quinoa white
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 cups almond milk or any other milk of choice
- 2 cups water
- 250 g strawberries washed, tops removed & halved
- 2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ cup yoghurt
- 1 tablespoon flaked almonds toasted
- To make the porridge, add the oats, quinoa, hemp seeds, milk, water and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest to a large saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until soft and tender, stirring throughout to prevent sticking.
- While the porrdige is cooking, add the strawberries, remaining lemon zest, maple syrup and water to a small saucepan. Stir to coat evenly and then bring to a gentle simmer on a low-medium heat. Stir the strawberries occassionally and once soft, turn off the heat.
- To serve, add a serve of porridge to a bowl and top with a few spoonfuls of strawberries, coconut yoghurt and flaked almonds.
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