Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Millet & Quinoa Coconut Porridge

Hello :) It's funny that no matter how many breakfast/brunch recipes I post, pondering what I shall eat most mornings seems inevitable. But recently I have put into practice the secret to quick & super tasty breakfasts. Pre-cooking! So the night before, I cook whatever grains/seeds I want the next day (usually a few mornings worth), and then it's simply a matter of heating them with milk & topping with whatever suits. Two of favourite seeds of late? Millet & quinoa. They work fantastically well together and take about the same time to cook, creating a delightful porridge indeed.

Millet & Quinoa Coconut Porridge (enough for a few mornings...)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup millet*
coconut milk (refrigerate in a container)

*the reason I used more millet is simply because it's a lot cheaper than quinoa!

Directions- (the night before)
Place the quinoa and millet in a saucepan with a few cups of water. Bring to the boil and simmer until the seeds are cooked and and fluffed up. This should take about 10-15 minutes. Always add more water if needed. Leave to cool for a little while, then refrigerate in an airtight container.

Directions- (in the morning)
Place however much of the mixture you want in a saucepan with the same amount of coconut milk and heat until the seeds and milk are warmed through. I cook about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup, depending on how hungry I am. Add more coconut milk on top (or milk of your choice), then top with some fruit, nuts or seeds.

Topping ideas: Sliced banana, goji berries & unsweetened shredded coconut
Topping ideas: Sliced nectarine & goji berries

This recipe also happens to be perfect at the moment, as I'm quitting sugar. Coconut milk is naturally sweet in taste and I definitely don't feel the need to add honey/agave/maple syrup on top! 

Want another idea? How about cooking up some brown rice the night before, for a nourishing bowl of brown rice porridge :) 

Hannah x


  1. Wow what an awesome idea I can't wait to try the simple flavour mixture. I can't recall tasting something bad with coconut milk. I made a batch of Heidi Swanson's oatcakes to last me through mid morning snacks. I highly recommend them by the way.

  2. I've had millet porridge but never with coconut milk. I bet it's awesome!

    1. it is yummy! I usually just add coconut milk to curries, but really like the flavour in a porridge now :)

  3. Ooops I just noticed you beat me to the oatcakes already great minds think alike. Unfortunately I will miss your baking posts for the next 2 months.

    1. hehe I did make them & they were really awesome!! It's great you made them- they were great for mornings/afternoons. Oh but I really want to try baking, just with alternatives or maybe with savoury foods instead :)

  4. Will try this one, Hannah. Anything with coconut, I enjoy! Thank you for your recipe.