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Vegan Chai Quinoa Porridge

Better than overnight oats for taste and meal prep, this vegan chai quinoa porridge makes a great breakfast on the go.

Creamy quinoa flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves for a comforting, nutritious, and delicious breakfast. The flavours of this quinoa remind me of the holidays, as all chai recipes do. They are warming and just yummy.

This vegan chai quinoa porridge rivals overnight oats for convenience and ability to meal prep. When stored in airtight jars in the refrigerator they will last at least 5 days. They may absorb any remaining liquids after cooking, so refrigerated quinoa might need a little additional non-dairy milk to loosen it up. Can be gently reheated for warm porridge or enjoyed cold/room temperature. Add your favourite toppings, like mixed berries, cut fruit, marmalade, jam, nuts, seeds, etc. just before eating.

This chai quinoa porridge is vegan and gluten-free and can be enjoyed by just about anyone.



(Makes 4 servings)

  • 1 cup white quinoa

  • 1 can (400ml) unsweetened coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom

  • 2 whole cloves

  • pinch sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • sliced banana (optional)

  • raw almonds, chopped (optional)



Into a sieve set into a large bowl, add the quinoa, and cover with water. Refrigerate overnight or let soak on the countertop for an hour. When it is done soaking, discard water and rinse the quinoa.

Transfer quinoa into a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the coconut milk, water, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and salt. Mix well and bring to a boil while stirring regularly. Reduce heat to medium, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir, and set aside for 10 minutes while covered.

Remove the whole cloves if visible and add maple syrup then mix well. For creamier porridge, add a little additional coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk). Serve (optional) garnished with sliced banana and chopped almonds.

For meal prepping, divide porridge equally into airtight jars. Once cooled, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Nutritional Information Per Serving:

total calories = 221.5 | total fat = 5.11g | saturated fat = 2.56g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 92.25mg | net carbohydrates = 33.81g | dietary fibre = 4.14g | sugars = 8.02g | protein = 6.29g

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