Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge is warm and fragrant, perfect for a cool morning breakfast. Scented with whole cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, ginger and black peppercorns, this porridge is pure comfort food.
The weather is turning cool and there’s nothing like a hot bowl of whole grain porridge to start the day off right. Whole grains take longer to digest and they release their sugars slowly, so they make you feel satisfied longer.
Research has shown that whole grains reduce the risk of heart disease, and may also lower the risk of diabetes and cancer.
My standard breakfast whole grain hot cereal used to be oatmeal. However, there are so many other grains available that can easily be adapted for breakfast.
Other whole grains such as quinoa, millet, wheat berries, amaranth or brown rice can easily be substituted for oatmeal, and make breakfast that much more interesting as they all have different textures and consistencies.
I came up with this Chai Spiced Quinoa recipe because I love the warm spices in chai tea. Topping this hot breakfast cereal with fresh berries and walnuts makes this breakfast cereal fun to eat and adds a burst of extra nutritional value.
Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge
- 1 cup quinoa rinsed well, drained
- 2 cups water
- juice of 1/2 orange
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 3 whole cloves
- 3 whole black cardamon pods
- 2 whole black peppercorns
- 1 slice ginger peeled
- toasted nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts
- fruit such as blueberries, bananas, apples
- raw honey or maple syrup
Put all ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook, covered for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking to pan.
Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Serve with your choice of toasted nuts, fruit and sweetener.
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