Cinnamon & Chocolate Quinoa Porridge

Porridge. Quinoa . Chocolate. My three favourite things.

Porridge can get boring and bland so I wanted mix it up a bit and use quinoa again; make it a whole new level of deliciousness! Not only do I love the taste of quinoa, but it’s high in protein and will keep you full for hours, so it’s a fabulous alternative to oats if you’re looking to spice up your brekkie a little.

The almond milk is packed with good fats and cacao is full of antioxidants, so all in all whilst it may look indulgent it’s a perfectly healthy start to the day.

This recipe is just so easy and quick to make; you can even make it a day in advance and heat in your microwave or on the stove for a few minutes the next morning.

Porridge is a blank canvas, you can add all the toppings you like so I’ve popped in my favourites below for a bit of inspiration but feel free to choice what you desire. Happy cooking!

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Ingredients: 
1 cup uncooked white quinoa
1 cup hazelnut/almond milk
1 cup coconut milk (light canned, or the beverage in a carton)
1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 squares dark chocolate, chopped

For serving
Coconut yoghurt
Goji berries (or any other dried berries)
Cacao nibs
Maple syrup
Fresh fruit

Method: 
Rinse quinoa in a fine strainer. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add rinsed, drained quinoa and toast for 2 minutes, stirring frequently, to dry up water and slightly toast.
Add the almond/hazelnut milk and coconut milk and stir. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes.
Once the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, remove from heat and add cacao powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Serve in a bowl with a small square of dark chocolate, and any of your favourite toppings. I love mine with a bit more milk, coconut yoghurt, cacao nibs and goji berries for an extra boost.

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