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Strawberries & Cream Quinoa Porridge

Think strawberries and cream are reserved for Wimbledon, darling?   Not anymore!  How’s this for delicious decadence so easy and healthy you can enjoy it every day?

Forget oats.  Quinoa is the crème de la crème of the grain/seed families.  High in complete protein, it contains all nine essential amino acids and is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.  Quinoa also features a host of other health-building nutrients including manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous, and best of all, it’s gluten-free!

Add strawberries and cashew cream and you’ve got a breakfast guaranteed to light up your morning and get your sparkle on!  Champagne optional.

 

 

For 3-4 serves:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 small punnets strawberries, rinsed, topped and sliced
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked in a bowl of water overnight (or for at least one hour)
  1. In a pot, bring quinoa and 2 cups of water to the boil and then simmer until all the water is absorbed – about 15 minutes.
  2. In a separate pot, heat strawberries, agave nectar and cinnamon over medium heat until strawberries are soft and syrupy – about 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse the cashews and add them to a blender with enough water to cover them by 1cm.  Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Fold cooked quinoa into the strawberry pot.  Add half of the cashew cream and mix well.  Add more cream to taste.
  5. Enjoy on a sunny lawn in your poshest pyjamas!

Fun fact: Serena Williams won Wimbledon 2012 on a vegan diet.  Vegan champions FTW!

Game, set and match.

22 Comments on Strawberries & Cream Quinoa Porridge

  1. Annette @ Wellness WA
    July 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow this sounds awesome!
    Just in time for the currently dropping strawberry prices.

    Can you tell me more about the cashew cream?!?!!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh I am SO in love with cashew cream, Annette! ♥ Basically you just soak raw cashews in a bowl of water in your fridge overnight, then drain them and throw them into a blender with enough water to cover them. Blend until smooth and creamy and then use as a base for all sorts of deliciousness! Cashews don’t have a strong flavour on their own so you can add cinnamon, vanilla and agave nectar and use it in desserts, or you can do what I’ve been loving lately – using it to make creamy vegetable soups, mmmmmm…
      It keeps in the fridge for at least 5 days.

      Reply
  2. Anouchka
    July 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey :) thanks for passing by my blog, i’m enjoying yours so much! I just subscibed to your mailing list to be inspired every couple of days. How do you come up with all of these ideas??
    So much creativity in veggies LOL!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

      haha, I don’t know! I didn’t even like cooking before I became vegan and now I can’t stop thinking about and photographing my food! ;-) I love your blog too. You make me giggle and I look forward to following your adventures. xx

      Reply
  3. Lis
    July 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds absolutely delicious and I’m not even a strawberry fan. :)

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

      haha, YAY! You could do it with any fruit, really. Canned apples would be good I think, or banana or cherry…. mmmmmm…. I love hot fruit. :-)

      Reply
  4. Somer
    July 17, 2012 at 4:55 am (2 years ago)

    Looks beautiful and delicious! Congrats on the web switch!

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Somer! Almost got all the gremlins sorted out now. :-)

      Reply
  5. Kristy
    July 17, 2012 at 5:42 am (2 years ago)

    This looks so right up my alley! I need to put on my poshest pj’s ASAP so I can enjoy this fully! :-)

    The site is looking fantastic, by the way! So gorgeous!

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      haha, you so do, girlfriend! Immediately! :-)
      Thanks so much for your comment about the site! It’s been a headache and a half but I’m feeling much happier with it now. :-)

      Reply
  6. Lisa @ The Raw Serenity
    July 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks and sounds delicious!
    Strawberries and cashew cream were made for each other :)

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  7. elizabeth
    July 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve become obsessed with cashew cream and have been thinking about quinoa for breakfast (which is why I always make sure to make extra and keep it in the fridge!)–thank you for this lovely recipe! Elizabeth

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm (2 years ago)

      My pleasure, Elizabeth and HOW GOOD is cashew cream??!! I am totally obsessed as well. LOVE the stuff! :-)

      Reply
  8. Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview
    July 20, 2012 at 5:56 am (2 years ago)

    Quinoa is quickly becoming the go-to food for breakfast. I need to try this! Thanks for always coming up with recipes that make me drool :)

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm (2 years ago)

      haha, my pleasure and I’d love to hear what you think when you try it. It was the first time I’ve ever tried quinoa for breakfast and I was very impressed! :-)

      Reply
  9. Alaine @ My GF & DF Living
    July 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Any suggestions if I have a cashew allergies? Will soaked almonds work instead? I love the idea of this recipe. Anything with quinoa is perfect in my book :)

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    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm (2 years ago)

      Absolutely! Or pecans. They might even be tastier than cashews. Let me know. :-)

      Reply
  10. Sophie
    July 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm (2 years ago)

    MMMMMM,..What a georgous & appetizing quinoa breakfast!
    A lovely combo of real flavours! :)

    Reply
    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      July 30, 2012 at 8:53 am (2 years ago)

      It was soooo decadent and delicious! You must try! :-)

      Reply
  11. Heide M.
    April 25, 2013 at 10:33 am (1 year ago)

    I’ll have to try this for breakfast.

    Reply

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