Quinoa, Chia & Zucchini Porridge (Sugar Free, Vegan)
I made this Quinoa, Chia & Zucchini Porridge (Sugar Free, Vegan) a couple of weeks ago, pretty much just because these were the only ingredients we had at home. But we always try to eat everything before the next big food shop, because I honestly hate wasting food more than anything.
But anyhow, this porridge turned out really good, so I’ve shared a pic of it on my Instagram. And a few of you liked the idea and asked for the recipe, so here it finally is. As usual, it’s pretty healthy (hello zucchini in sweet dishes), but this time not as low on the carbs due to the quinoa. But the taste is not as sweet as you might be used to when it comes to porridge. So if you have a really sweet tooth, I would probably recommend using a sweetener, for example maple syrup (or maple flavoured stevia drops if you prefer) would go really really well with it. I personally love the slightly bitter taste of cocoa combined with sweet fruit, but I understand it’s not for everyone 🙂 And even though quinoa is quite high in protein, I also highly recommend adding in an extra protein at the end, because protein is an important macronutrient which we shouldn’t skip. You can stir your favourite protein powder (I used collagen peptides, but you can for example use a vegan one), gelatin or even an egg, if you don’t like the idea of powders or simply top the porridge with almonds which are high in protein as well.
This recipe will make few portions, so you can share with your loved ones or have it in the fridge ready for the next day.
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup white quinoa
- 1½ cups grated zucchini
- 2 cups water
- ¼ cup coconut cream
- ¼ cup raw cacao
- Optional - Maca powder, sweetener (maple syrup, honey, stevia...), protein powder of choice (I added chocolate collagen into mine)
- Put all the ingredients except cocoa into a pressure cooker and mix properly with a whisk.
- Then set the pressure cooker on low and cook for ca 5 minutes. If the quinoa isn't soft after this time, cook for longer until soft. I cooked the porridge on 30 kPa for 7 minutes, but some pressure cookers don't have such a low pressure option. Once the lid opens, stir the porridge thoroughly.
- If you don't own a pressure cooker don't worry at all. You can make the porridge on a normal stove top, it will just take a little bit longer. If you're using the stove top, place all the ingredients into a pot and stir well. Place the pot over a medium heat and bring the mixture into a boil. Once it starts bubbling lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until the quinoa goes completely soft, stirring occasionally, so it doesn't burn at the bottom.
- Once cooked stir in the cocoa powder. At this stage you can also stir the protein powder, sweetener etc. into your porridge.
- Serve with your favourite toppings. I had mine with frozen mango, coconut cream and tahini sauce which all went just perfect with the chocolate flavour of the porridge.