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Red Quinoa Chocolate Porridge


I have decided to share with you my most recent breakfast addiction 🙂

At the beginning of my “plant-based” journey I struggled a lot to incorporate different ways of cooking into my eating routines. It had been more than 30 years of eating what was conventionally right in a traditional Portuguese household  (and subsequently in a British one).

I was always keen on trying foods from different cultures but certain things had always been quite difficult for me to “digest” (and I mean this in both literal and figurative ways). I must say it was thanks to my fantastic health coach Claudia from Officinalis that I managed to overcome this.

As I have mentioned before, she created weekly plant-based meal plans adjusted to my liking and to my circumstances, and week after week, there were always certain meals that I was reluctant in trying (despite all her best advice). This recipe – Quinoa Chocolate porridge – is one of those. This one was dragged from week to week, until I actually decided to succumb to it and give it a go. Now, as said above I am totally addicted. The sound of having quinoa for breakfast was just to strange to me, especially with the cocoa. The whole combination just didn’t sound quite right… But this experience totally proofs that there is nothing better than trying new things… Going out of your comfort zone. Forget about what others say to you about what you should or shouldn’t eat. Try new things above all for yourself! And enjoy recognizing how good it can sometimes be to be wrong about your pre-conceptions.

I challenge you to try this recipe. The chocolate flavour and the sweetness of the fruits makes it impossible to resist… (at least I know that now!) J It is warm, rich, comforting and perfect for winter.

Red Quinoa Chocolate Porridge
Serves 3
A delicious and simple recipe composed of only 7 ingredients. Healthy, nutritious and without added sugar or dairy products.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 170 g of white quinoa
  2. 240 ml of coconut milk
  3. 240 ml unsweetened almond milk
  4. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  5. 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  6. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. A pinch of sea salt
Suggested Toppings
  1. Red fruits
  2. Sliced ​​bananas
  1. Wash and rinse the quinoa - alternatively you can also activate the quinoa by soaking it in water for up to 12 hours.
  2. Then heat a small saucepan over medium heat. When heated enough, add the quinoa and let it roast slightly for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the two types of milk and a pinch of salt and stir.
  4. Bring to a boil over low heat, then reduce the heat and cook for 20 minutes, with the pan uncovered, stirring occasionally to keep from picking.
  5. When all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is creamy, turn off the heat and add the cocoa powder, acer fruit syrup and vanilla. Shake well.
  6. Taste and adjust flavors.
  7. Serve each quinoa bowl with the toppings suggested above or any others of your choice
  8. Serve right away and enjoy 🙂
Adapted from Minimalistic Baker
Adapted from Minimalistic Baker

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