In this breakfast recipe we will be using quinoa flakes to make the best vegan quinoa porridge that you’ll ever taste. If you’ve not yet used them, then I promise you that they’ll change your experience of quinoa breakfast forever! If you care about health, then I cannot recommend quinoa (both whole ‘grain’ and flakes) highly enough.

Quinoa porridge: the ultimate gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast

This quinoa porridge recipe is ideal for ANYONE and everyone wanting to enjoy a deliciously healthy breakfast. It’s so good that everyone loves it.

It is however an especially helpful powerhouse of nourishment for anyone who doesn’t eat eat gluten or dairy. Quinoa is an excellent a staple of health and goodness.

Gluten-free vegan quinoa porridge recipe with quinoa flakes

Why is quinoa so good for you?

It’s not actually a stretch to say that quinoa is a superfood. This tiny seed (which acts like a grain) is jammed to the rafters with nutrients. Quinoa is actually one of the few plant foods that is a complete protein source.

Being a compete protein means that it comes loaded with ALL 9 essential amino acids that are required for human health.  Amino acids are the building blocks you need for protein formation.

Like all plant foods, quinoa is loaded with fibre. In addition to being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, and a healthy source of carbohydrates, quinoa is excellent for phytonutrients including quercetin and kaempferol.

Quercetin is believed to help reduce swelling, kill cancer cells, help prevent heart disease and to help control blood sugar levels. Kaempferol is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antidiabetic, and anticancer activities. 

Creamy hemp quinoa flake porridge recipe

What makes this quinoa porridge recipe so good?

When I first made this porridge I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Not only did I find it super quick to make, it was super healthy foodie heaven. I’ve managed to weave healthy ingredients together in a super easy, original way. The final porridge outcome is super creamy, tasty and OMG yes please!!!

How to get your quinoa porridge so creamy?

The secret to getting it insanely creamy is in the blend of shelled hemp seed, dates, cashews and vanilla. That’s it!

Basically, I blend these simple, healthy ingredients with water. Blending is super fast as it takes less than 60 seconds!!!

You then heat up your hemp and date blend in a saucepan with the quinoa flakes over a period of 5 minutes. Which then turns the porridge into a gorgeously creamy, naturally sweetened bowl of delicious heaven.

Creamy quinoa flak porridge recipe

Don’t worry if you don’t have the hemp seeds yet

Whilst I recommend hemp seeds for their impressive nutrional profile, complete protein content and healthy essential fats. If you don’t have them, then don’t worry, just swap out for extra cashew nuts instead.

You could also do all hemp seed and forget the cashews if you prefer.

When you do get hemp seeds make sure the are SHELLED (also called hulled). Do not use the ones with the shells still on.

Gluten-free vegan quinoa flake porridge recipe with hemp seed and dates

Hemp and date quinoa porridge recipe

Yield: 1 large bowl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Super creamy quinoa porridge made with the addition of shelled hemp seeds. Dates to sweeten.



The first step is to create a plant-based hemp seed 'milk'.

  1. Put the hemp seeds, cashew nuts, vanilla, dates and water in a blender. Ideally this works in a bullet blender, although any blender should work.
  2. Blend for up to a minute until everything has blended and is creamy smooth.

Next you cook the quinoa in the hemp milk

  1. Mix the hemp milk blend with the quinoa in a sauce pan.
  2. Bring it to the boil. Stir frequently. Once it has come to the boil then allow it to simmer for a few minutes. It should thicken up almost instantly.
  3. If it is too thick for you then add a little extra water. Take care not to add too much too quickly, otherwise you'll need to add extra quinoa flakes to re-thicken 😉


If you want a much more simplified version of quinoa flak porridge...

You can make a much more simplified version of this by mixing 200ml water (or pre-made plant-based milk) with the quinoa and chopping some dates in, instead.

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Creamy quinoa porridge with hemp seeds and dates