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Grounding, Soothing Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Grounding, Soothing Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Enjoy this soothing winter breakfast as an easy, gourmet winter-time meal. Or share with friends and family as part of a beautiful, healthy (and easy!) breakfast or brunch.

The quinoa is rich in protein but also easy to digest, and makes a perfect grounding breakfast.

Option to soak quinoa overnight in water, which will sprout the quinoa, and reduce cook time to just 3-5 minutes the next morning. it’s a little extra work, and definitely not necessary, but it makes the quinoa even easier to digest.


Prep Time: 5 minutes     Cook time: 12 minutes     Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving size 2 - 3 portions.



1 cup white quinoa

1 1/2 cups coconut milk (shelf stable version or refrigerated, both work well) Almond milk + hazelnut milk are delicious alternatives too!

1/2 cup filtered water

1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Top with: Fresh berries/ bananas/ citrus fruit/ nuts


Optional Additional Ingredients

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean pod. - Adds a really nice sweet + nutty flavor. Vanilla extract does not work here because the alcohol is too rich. You can order vanilla bean pods here on Amazon for a reasonable price (they are twice as much in store usually)

1 cinnamon stick, instead of ground cinnamon  - nice when you are making a big batch, and want a “white” look to breakfast and then just add cinnamon on top. This is really just for presentation purposes :)


Simple Recipe

  1. Rinse quinoa in a strainer. Run water over quinoa until the water is clear and not cloudy. 
  2. In a saucepan over high heat, combine the quinoa, 1 cup of the coconut milk, 1/2 cup water, and half of the vanilla bean seeds, and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat. Stir in optional 1 Tbsp maple syrup and the remaining 1/2 cup coconut milk. Or wait to add the coconut milk until you serve into each bowl.
  5. Top with fresh berries, banana, nuts or whatever your heart desires!