Let’s talk about breakfast!
It’s definitely my favorite meal of the day. Yet, as a vegan people always wonder what I eat, as though when you remove animal products there is nothing left to eat. Honestly, I still eat the same foods I ate growing up. I eat pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, sausages, muffins, and scrambles; only I don’t use animal products. Vegan pancakes are delicious, as are waffles. Replace the dairy milk with non-dairy milk, the egg with flax, and the butter with Earth Balance, and you’re good to go! Vegan breakfast sausages are delicious, especially the Field Roast and Gardein. No meat necessary! Muffins definitely don’t require animal products to be delicious, and neither do scrambles––just use tofu in place of the eggs!!
My favorite vegan breakfast these days is warm and creamy quinoa porridge. Like so many of us, I grew up eating and adoring oatmeal and Cream of Wheat porridge. Quinoa porridge has all of the comforting goodness of oats, but it’s more filling, and even more nutritious. Quinoa is a great source of protein and fiber. Together they keep you full for hours, and help keep your blood sugar levels stable. This gluten-free pseudo-grain also contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients (plant nutrients), antioxidants, minerals, and even small amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. One of my favorite things about quinoa porridge is how easy it is to prepare. Even better, you can make a big batch and warm it up with non-dairy milk throughout the week. Can’t get any easier than that!
This simple quinoa porridge recipe comes from my e-cookbook 5 Ingredient Vegan. For more simple breakfast recipes (plus recipes for any occasion), download the book!
- 1 cup quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 2 ½ cups non-dairy milk I like homemade almond milk, or Westsoy organic soy milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- Toast quinoa in your pan for about 30 seconds, then add water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a soft simmer on medium-low heat, and cover (keeping the lid ajar). Cook for 15 minutes. Transfer the cooked & fluffy quinoa to your blender. Pour in the the non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and blend until smooth. Add more maple syrup if necessary, and reblend.
- At this point you can add the blended quinoa back to the pot if you’d like it hotter. If not, pour it directly into serving bowls and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chia seeds (1 tbsp spoon each bowl).
Mark Osborne / December 13, 2015 at 4:32 pm /
To die for !! … I added 1/4 tsp of Moroccan Seasoning to the Quinoa while cooking, otherwise followed your recipe exactly
Riley Gillette / August 27, 2015 at 2:54 pm /
I’m just wondering, does this store well? Would I be fine to make a batch for the week and just heat it up as I go? Sincerely, a lazy college student lol
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / August 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm /
Great question! Yep, it does store well, and work well when reheated. You may have to add a little more milk to thin it when you do 😉
1 Hour Athlete / June 3, 2015 at 10:24 am /
Awesome post Jenné, just wondering do you have the macro breakdown of this recipe, i.e. the carbs/ protein / fat?
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / June 4, 2015 at 4:19 am /
Hello 🙂 No, I haven’t done the macro breakdown on this recipe.
Sandra / April 29, 2015 at 11:07 am /
hey Jenné! I´ve found your YouTube channel yesterday. After the first Video, i have to subscribe your channel – you´re such an inspiring Person <3 and i love watching your Videos!
today i´ve made the quinoa Porridge with fresh fruits, cocosflakes and chia seeds -and i love love love it!! in the afternoon i´ll try a sweet potato dish from one of your recipes!
Nice Greets from Linz, Austria <3
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / April 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm /
Hey Sandra! Thank you so much. You put a smile on my face 🙂
I had the quinoa porridge for breakfast yesterday and today too! I love it so much.
Keep me posted on your future recipe creations 🙂 xo
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / March 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm /
Oh yummy! That grated apple does sound good. I’ll have to try that too 🙂
Carla Athena / November 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm /
just made mine with grated apples, walnuts and chia seeds :)) now i’m ready for the day!
Olivia / October 27, 2014 at 11:07 am /
This looks really yummy, and I will surely give it a try. Never had quinoa before, so good excuse to go and buy some! Thanks for sharing. Hugs 🙂
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / October 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm /
Thanks Olivia! It is indeed. I just finished a bowl of it 2 minutes ago. I feel so nourished now 🙂
Let me know how you like it! xo
Olivia / October 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm /
Hi Jenne, I made some of this today, and it’s absolutely delish! I used fresh, homemade almond milk, which made it so creamy and tasty; topped it with bananas, strawberries, and chia seeds. It’s so rich and filling. Sometimes you get tired of oatmeal every day. This was truly delightful. Thanks again!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / October 30, 2014 at 1:36 am /
Yum yum yum!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it 🙂 xo