Banana Nut Quinoa Porridge: Start your day with a protein-packed, calcium rich bowl of warm quinoa cereal and know that your morning will be fueled with nutrients you need to stay sharp, focused, and to start your day right!
I am on a bit of a breakfast kick to start this year–just check out my Easy Breakfast Recipes, to see my full collection of healthy breakfast recipes and you can tell I put a huge emphasis on eating a healthy, high protein breakfast.
I feel like if I can tackle eating a nutritious breakfast everyday my days go better and I eat healthier all day long–after all breakfast is ESSENTIAL in a healthy diet.
About a year ago, I was attending a conference with a bunch of food bloggers and a nutritionist shared with us that it is ideal to get 25-30 grams of protein each morning and the average American gets only 13 grams*. We were all a bunch of healthy foodies sitting around that table but this news still stunned the majority of us–25 grams of protein in the morning sounds like quite the task!
For myself, I was used to getting in that much protein in the morning. Without it, my blood sugar is unstable all day and I am grumpy, moody, and STARVING. I turn into a regular old beast!!
But it did get me thinking about easy recipes that would help others achieve their morning protein goals. And recipes that don’t rely on a scoop of protein powder–they are pricey and often overly processed with added sugars to boot.
Banana Nut Quinoa Porridge
Porridge makes me think of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and this is one porridge people may be tempted to break into your house to steal a nibble.
Warm quinoa breakfast cereal is swimming in a sweet, creamy broth flavored with bananas and vanilla. Crunchy walnuts and chia seeds add various textural components along with added fiber and healthy fats that help sustain energy longer.
And if that doesn’t convince you to give quinoa for breakfast a try–each serving contains a whooping 18 grams of protein!!! When paired with an 8 ounce glass of milk, your breakfast is at 26 grams of protein!!!
What makes Breakfast Quinoa so good for you?
- Each serving of quinoa has 8 grams of plant-based protein.
- Naturally gluten-free.
- Bananas are full of potassium and naturally sweet, so you can skip the added sugars most breakfast cereals have.
- When cooked in milk, breakfast porridge is high in calcium.
- By topping the porridge with chia seeds, you add Omega 3s and a hefty dose of fiber (not to mention some nice contrast in texture.)
In fact, I think it should be the new poster child for the breakfast of Champions. Move over cold cereal for this hearty Quinoa Breakfast Porridge–All you 80’s kids know what I am referring to 😉
So while you may think that porridge sounds boring, mushy, or old-fashioned–Banana Nut Quinoa Porridge is none of the above.
It is filled with texture, flavor, and made with trendy new superfoods!
Notes about Banana Breakfast Quinoa:
- Make this quinoa porridge vegan by using almond, coconut, or soy milk and omitting the egg.
- The egg is added to this breakfast porridge recipe to naturally boost protein and to give the porridge a custardy texture. This recipe works without the egg.
- Omit walnuts for Banana Quinoa Porridge, making this safe for those with nut allergies.
- It is not necessary to blend the bananas into the milk. You can simply slice the bananas and let them fall apart into the quinoa as the porridge cooks. I personally prefer to blend the bananas for a creamy quinoa oatmeal that is equally sweet in every bite.
Let’s Make Banana Nut Quinoa Breakfast Porridge:
Banana Nut Quinoa Porridge
- 1 cup dried quinoa
- 4 cups milk divided
- 3 ripe bananas divided
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Drizzle of honey or maple syrup optional
For best results, soak quinoa in 1 cup water overnight. This step is not necessary, but helps create a softer, more porridge like consistency.
Blend together 2 cups milk, egg, vanilla, salt with 2 ripe bananas. Pour into large saucepan and stir in quinoa. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed, stirring every few minutes. Stir in the chia seeds.
To serve: Dish out quinoa porridge into 4 bowls, add 1/2 cup milk to each bowl, 1/4 of the remaining banana sliced, and a tablespoon of the chopped walnuts. If you like things sweet, feel free to drizzle each bowl with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup. I find the bananas make this dish sweet enough for me...