Berry Good Porridge

This wholesome morning belly-warmer is like a berry big hug!

Serves 2

Time to make:

  • Prep: 2-5 minutes
  • Prepare: 15 minutes
  • Total: ~20 minutes

This is Good For:

  • Antioxidants*
  • Warming up
  • Winter weekend breakfasts in front of the TV
  • Protein (get IN me chia seeds)
  • Dog snacks – I use frozen blueberries and my doggies LOVE a couple each as a wee treat.
Bella & Berries

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of quinoa
  • 1 flat tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 almonds (crushed – just bash them up under a wooden spoon if you don’t have a pestle and mortar)
  • ¾ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of full fat coconut cream
  • 1 tablespoon of your favourite nut butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup (optional, if you like it sweeter)

Special equipment

  • None!

Method

  1. Place quinoa, chia seeds, coconut cream, vanilla essence and water into a pan and bring to boil.
  2. Turn down heat and simmer until quinoa is no longer crunchy and the chia has turned the consistency a little wobblier.
  3. Whilst you’re waiting for the quinoa to be cooked, put the blueberries in a pan and heat up. Once they’re hot, leave for about 5 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to stop them from sticking. Once they’re very soft, put a couple aside for garnish and squish the rest up.
  4. Add the squished berries to the porridge and stir through.
  5. Serve, splitting between two bowls. If it doesn’t look like a decent serve each, do not worry, it is filling!
  6. Sprinkle on the left-over berries, crushed almonds, a small amount of cinnamon and finish with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Blueberries are the best

*Berries and other foods figured in a major study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This research provided a comprehensive report of antioxidant content in fruits and vegetables; berries won hands down, in providing the most antioxidant bang for your buck. In fact, just one cup of berries provides all the disease-fighting antioxidants you need in a single day! www.webmd.com

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