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Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Coconut Quinoa Porridge


Traditional porridge is made from cooked oats, but as the Love Your Gut’s program is grain and gluten free, quinoa makes a great alternative. Being a seed, it does not contain as much starch compared to grains and is very well tolerated by sensitive tummy’s so if you’re looking for something to warm your cockles and give that extra bit of energy, then this breakfast recipe is the go! But remember if you suffer insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes or you are just struggling to shift that spare tyre, then you may want to hold off on this recipe until after your body has started to burn fat and you are nearing your goal weight.  Otherwise… tuck in!


What you’ll need…

 1 ½ cups of quinoa – soaked overnight in filtered water in the fridge, then rinsed well before cooking

1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond or coconut milk

1 ½ cups filtered water

1 desert spoon rice malt syrup or Nativa ( I think the coconut milk makes it sweet enough)

1 desert spoon virgin coconut oil

1 tsp. ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon quill

1 tsp. natural vanilla essence or vanilla bean paste or powder

3 cardamom pods (optional)

Fresh or frozen berries for garnish

Toasted coconut flakes to garnish

Pepita seeds for garnish

Chia seeds for garnish


How to make…

Add the rinsed quinoa to a saucepan with the water, milk, rice malt syrup, cinnamon, cardamom pods and vanilla.Stir to combine ingredients and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until milk has absorbed (around 15min).

You may need to add a little more milk if quinoa needs to cook for longer and becomes to dry. The quinoa is cooked when it’s soft and fluffy like rice.

Stir in coconut oil then add a serve of quinoa porridge to a bowl and moisten with a little extra coconut or almond milk if desired. Top with berries, chia seeds, toasted coconut and pumpkin seeds then sprinkle with extra cinnamon of desired.

Serving Size – ¾ cup per person


Suitable from week 3 and onwards – unless you are struggling to lose weight then avoid until you have achieved your goal weight







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