Eat Happy Exclusive: Quinoa Power Porridge | Melissa Hemsley
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‘Eat Happy’ Quinoa Power Porridge

Breakfast & Brunch

Eat Happy Exclusive: Quinoa Power Porridge





Choose from three different quinoa options and play around with flavours. There are seven here, one for every day of the week! I’m a fan of porridge in a flask for an easy warming breakfast on the go. If I have people over, I make a huge pan of porridge and put small bowls out with a selection of flavours and toppings to let everyone help themselves.


Cooking with Quinoa Flakes:

  1. Toast the quinoa flakes in a dry pan on a medium heat for 1 minute, stirring frequently to prevent them from burning. This reduces any bitterness and gives a nice nutty flavour.
  2. Add 400ml of milk and all the other ingredients, give everything a stir and bring to a medium simmer. Cook for 4 minutes, then add your choice of flavourings.


Cooking with cooked Quinoa:

  1. Place the cooked quinoa in a saucepan, add 400ml of milk and all the other ingredients. Bring to a medium simmer and cook for 4 minutes, then add your choice of flavourings.


Cooking with raw Quinoa (rinsed well and ideally soaked):

  1. Place the uncooked quinoa in a saucepan, add 500ml of milk and all the other ingredients. Bring to a medium simmer and cook, covered, until the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes (or 12 minutes if the quinoa has been soaked), then add your choice of flavourings.


  • 400–500ml any milk

  • 500ml hot water

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil or butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup or raw honey (optional)

  • 200g quinoa flakes or 250g cooked quinoa or 100g raw quinoa

    Topping suggestions

  • 1 sliced large ripe fig

  • 1 tablespoon of pistachios

  • 1 tablespoon of pomegranate

  • seeds and a drizzle of raw honey

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  • Beth Alcorn
    Posted at 08:25h, 07 August Reply

    Hi, I’ve followed the soaked quinoa method for this recipe from my copy of Eat Happy. As I’m making for one, I’ve halved all the ingredients. I’ve soaked the quinoa overnight and then added the milk, water and other ingredients. But it’s taking an hour at least to form a porridge-like consistency. Is it right that you add both milk and water or should it be one or the other? Many thanks!

    • Melissa Hemsley
      Posted at 10:26h, 04 September Reply

      Hi Beth,

      Sorry to hear it’s taking longer than you’d like, especially on busy mornings! If there’s too much liquid, either try to use less or if it’s still too wet, keep the lid off when you cook and stir a bit more briskly and it should thicken up nicely. It shouldn’t take any longer than 30 mins.

      Melissa x

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