Cherry Almond Coconut Quinoa Porridge ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.netCherry Almond Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Recently I shared a breakfast recipe for banana coconut parfaits. In the post I mentioned a few breakfasts I like to enjoy regularly including quinoa porridge. A few people asked me for the recipe and I’m happy to oblige!

I almost hate to call this a recipe. I like to change the ingredients around regularly so maybe it’s better to think of this as a baseline to build from. There’s no reason to purchase special ingredients as long as you have quinoa on hand and some nuts and fruit. I’ve used dried cherries here but any dried or regular fruit will work. Hell, if you like brown rice or millet better than quinoa use one of those grains instead. When I use a thin liquid such as almond milk I like to add a teaspoon of melted coconut oil for some healthy fat and richness. If you use something like coconut milk you can omit the oil altogether. The results will be much thicker like a traditional porridge. This is a nice light version for when you know you’ll be having dessert later.

Cherry Almond Coconut Quinoa Porridge ~ Savory Simple ~

Here are some ingredients you can swap in and out to keep this porridge interesting:

  • Grains: brown rice, millet, amaranth
  • Nuts: pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews
  • Dried fruit: raisins, medjool dates, dried cranberries
  • Regular fruit: apples, berries, pears
  • Liquid: coconut milk, soy milk
  • Spices: cardamom, nutmeg, cocoa, vanilla
  • Assorted: cacao nibs, chocolate chips

Get the idea? Have fun with it and happy breakfast.


Cherry Almond Coconut Quinoa Porridge
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Serves: 1 serving
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon toasted slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
  • ½ tablespoon hemp hearts or roasted flax seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium low, stirring, until the porridge is warm.
You can also combine the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1-2 minutes before serving.


More quinoa recipes

Savory Simple – Curried Pomegranate Pistachio Quinoa
Savory Simple – Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette
The Lemon Bowl – Four Bean Salad with Quinoa, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Sunflower Seeds
Oh My Veggies – Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas
Domestic Fits – Quinoa Crab Salad with Jalapeno Vinaigrette
What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today – Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant and Tomato Topping Plus Smoked Mozzarella

  • Carolyn

    Yum! What a fantastic flavour for porridge and so much healthier with quinoa.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Now this looks like SUCH a healthy way to start the day. Beautiful photos and I can literally see each thread on the quinoa. Stunning!

  • ashley – baker by nature

    Oh, Jen – LOVE this! I’m coming over for breakfast!

  • Megan @ megbakes

    I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast, but this looks and sounds so good. I also love the idea of using coconut milk!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    This is the most fabulous breakfast ever! Gorgeous photo too.

  • carol | a cup of mascarpone

    I haven’t eaten breakfast yet…any porridge left over? Gorgeous photos, Jen!!!

  • Tieghan

    Whoa! Such a healthy start to the day! I need to try this!

  • Erika

    Beautiful Photos.. This porridge would make a great start to any day…

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Sigh, I wish I was having this for breakfast. My current smoothie is major lame sauce. I definitely need to switch out oats for quinoa sometime. This looks fab!

  • ThisBakerGirlBlogs

    Looks beautiful, sounds beautiful and I bet it tastes beautiful, too! :-)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I love everything that’s going on here! Reeaaaally need to switch up my breakfast routine so this is going on the list!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie

    Such a great feel-good breakfast! I know my day would be so much better starting off like this! Bookmarking to try.

  • Hari Chandana

    Woww.. Looks fantastic.. Love the pictures too.. Great job dear !

  • Monet

    I don’t normally enjoy breakfast porridge, but this looks too delicious. The combo of sweet, crunchy, and creamy sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Unique, as always…and inspiring! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Laura Dembowski

    i love quinoa and this seems like such a great way to prepare it! Love that you say it’s good for when you know you’ll eat dessert later. That’s always how I think :) Dried cherries and hazelnuts are my favorite things to pair with quinoa.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Love how versatile this recipe is!

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    I’ll be cooking red quinoa for breakfast, nice to see that I am not the only one loving it :)

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    I am all over this quinoa porridge! It looks fabulous and I love all the flavors you used!

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    These photos look so warm and inviting :) I’d love to start my day with this!

  • Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Cherry-Almond is my favorite lotion scent, but I’m game to try eating the flavor combo, as I think it would be delicious. The porridge, not the lotion.
    Thanks, Jen!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I would love to start the day with this!

  • Valerie

    I’d return to breakfast again, if only it always looked so scrumptious! *note to self* Get on the quinoa bandwagon already. :D

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    I love a good bowl of breakfast quinoa!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    Such a warm, comforting dish! This looks delightful, Jennifer!

  • Tracey

    I love a good base recipe like this! I’d probably be tempted to add a little brown sugar but I’m still going to call it healthy with all the quiona :)

  • Alexandra

    Mmmm! I’ll have to try this and change my normal oatmeal routine!

  • Donalyn@The Creekside Cook

    Quinoa does make a delicious cereal – and I love your additions. Sounds like breakfast tomorrow morning ;)

  • Sunithi

    Yumm ! Love quinoa ans this looks like a great way to eat it :)

  • Ivana

    I’d Never think about cooking quinoa with coconut milk.
    But this looks great and interesting to try.
    Another brilliant idea for breakfast.