Chia and apple porridge
Chia and Quinoa are both protein rich, high in fibre and minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. Chia help balance your blood sugar levels and are full of Omega 3 – the healthy fats. Chia and Apple Porridge can be gluten free if you use quinoa flakes instead of rolled oats. It can be dairy free if you use a nut or coconut milk, and dollop some coconut yoghurt or cashew cream on top instead of dairy yoghurt. You can be as creative as you like with your topping – any fresh fruit you have on hand but most importantly (I think) some nuts to add texture! See the recipe for my Crunchy nut mix here and Cashew Cream here.
Serves 1-2 (One large serving or two smaller serves)
1/4 cup of quinoa flakes (gluten free) or rolled oats **Note you could use quinoa whole grains also, but cooking time will differ.
1 large apple grated (sweet varieties work best)
1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
1 cup of milk of choice (I use coconut milk, any nut milk or dairy will be fine)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Toppings – yoghurt, nuts, fresh fruit of your choice etc
1. In a saucepan, pop the grated apple, flaked quinoa, cup of milk, and chia seeds. Stir to combine.
2. Add the vanilla and cinnamon.
3. Cook on a low – medium heat, stirring occasionally for 3 – 4 minutes.
4. Pour into a bowl, then top with a dollop of yoghurt or cashew cream, some fresh fruit, and some of my Crunchy Nut mix. Enjoy!
You can pretty much use whatever you have on hand to top your apple porridge.. I like to add nuts or seeds to give it some texture – adds that ‘crunch’ factor. Granola, or try some crushed walnuts, almonds – whatever you have in the cupboard! If you like things sweet, drizzle with a little raw honey or pure maple syrup.
Let me know what you think of my Chia and Apple Porridge – always lovely to hear from you.