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Start your day with a protein-packed, calcium rich bowl of Banana Nut Quinoa Porridge 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. I feel like if I can tackle eating a nutritious breakfast everyday my days go better and I eat healthier all day long. Hence, why I love sharing my spins on creative, easy, better-for-you breakfasts. I hope you love it too–if not, search main courses. There is plenty of recipes there to look through as well 🙂
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.
I think I have found a winner here with my latest. 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. This delectable porridge is made with quinoa that 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–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!!! In fact, I think it should be the new poster child for the breakfast of Champions. Move over cold cereal for this new bad boy in town–All you 80s kids know what I am referring too!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!
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...