Making this quinoa flake porridge is so quick and easy, and we cook it up on the stovetop in just 5 minutes! It has a deliciously nutty taste and is perfect as a gluten free breakfast and an alternative to traditional porridge made with oats.
While my oat-free berry quinoa porridge and quinoa breakfast bake use quinoa seeds, this recipe uses quinoa flakes which are essentially 'flattened' quinoa seeds. All are perfect for a warming breakfast and work so well if you aren't able to tolerate oats and are looking for an oatmeal alternative.
Is this quinoa porridge gluten free? Yes! Have a great nutty taste? Yes! Super fast to make on a busy weekday morning for breakfast? Absolutely!
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Gluten free, vegan and low histamine. Quinoa is a gluten free seed and works so well as an alternative to oats for breakfast.
Quick and easy. We use just three main ingredients, and the quinoa flakes porridge takes minutes to come together.
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
Some notes to help guide you:
- Quinoa flakes - these are different to regular quinoa seeds, and look quite similar to flaky oats. You can purchase them in larger stores and health food shops.
- Plant milk - use the type of non-dairy milk that suits you best. I like to use pouring coconut milk (not the type that comes in a can), but others work well too!
- Cinnamon or cardamom - this is optional, but I suggest a hint of spice gives a lovely flavor to the creamy quinoa porridge.
- Maple syrup - add a dash to give some sweetness!
🔪 Step by step instructions
Making this quinoa flake porridge recipe is super simple, requires just a few ingredients and a couple of recipe steps.
All the instructions are in the recipe card below, but these photos should help guide you.
Step 1: Combine porridge ingredients
Add the quinoa flakes, cinnamon or cardamom (if using), plant milk and water to a pot (image 1).
Step 2: Cook the quinoa porridge
Bring the porridge to a light simmer, then reduce the heat a little. Stir well, and keep stirring while cooking the porridge for 2-3 minutes (image 2). The porridge will thicken as it cooks, so adjust with more milk or water to the consistency you like.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Make sure to use quinoa flakes and not quinoa seeds!
- Adjust the ratio of milk and water to preference. You can use all milk or half and half of milk and water.
- Add a splash more milk or water if you like a thinner consistency.
- Don't take the heat too high. While we want a high simmer, don't go too high as the quinoa porridge could burn in the pot - I know, it happened to me the first time I made it!
- Make sure not to overcook the quinoa porridge. It will become far too thick and not very pleasant to taste.
📋 Frequently asked questions
Quinoa flakes are quinoa seeds that have been heated and flattened to form flakes.
Quinoa flakes porridge have a deliciously mild nutty flavor.
No, this recipe uses quinoa flakes, which are much quicker to cook than quinoa seeds when making porridge. You can't simply swap quinoa flakes for seeds. For a recipe using quinoa seeds, see my berry quinoa porridge!
🍽 How to serve quinoa flake porridge
Porridge is always about fun toppings if you ask me, and there are lots of ideas to try:
- Fruit compote and sauces - make your porridge a little fancy with a spoonful or two of sweet cherry compote, apple pear compote or my peach applesauce or blueberry applesauce (perfect for kids I think!).
- Fresh fruit - pick from diced apples, peaches, pears and more, or perhaps some low histamine berries such as blueberries or blackberries. Or top with with my warm roasted persimmons diced into smaller pieces!
- If the more savory taste of quinoa flakes isn't quite your thing, then add some sweetness with maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
- Sprinkle some coconut flakes, sliced nuts or seeds onto your porridge. My post on low histamine nuts and seeds has lots of ideas!
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Quinoa Flake Porridge
- 1 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 cup plant milk
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon
- pinch salt optional
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- berries or fruit
- Add the quinoa flakes, cinnamon (or cardamom), plant milk, water and optional salt to a pot. Bring to a light simmer and stir frequently for 2-3 minutes, so the porridge thickens. If the porridge has become too thick for your preference, pour in a little more milk or water.
- Spoon into your bowls, drizzle with maple syrup and add the toppings you like.
- Make sure to use quinoa flakes rather than quinoa seeds!
- Adjust the amount of plant milk to preference. If you prefer a looser porridge, pour in a little more milk.
- For a thicker quinoa porridge you can use all plant milk rather than half and half with water.
- Nutritional information is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- quinoa flakes aren't rated, but quinoa scores 0.
- cinnamon scores 0 but is higher on other lists.
- plant milk has variable scores.