When it’s cold outside, this Maple Baked Pears Quinoa Porridge is the comfort food you need. A warm and nourishing healthier classic with a hint of vanilla and a kiss of cinnamon.
Winter is the time to enjoy warm, nourishing meals, and starting your day with a piping hot bowl of comfort food is the perfect thing to take the chill out of your bones on a cold morning.
Maple Baked Pears Quinoa Porridge
This comforting Quinoa Porridge with Maple Baked Pears is flavored with a hint of vanilla and a kiss of cinnamon. It’s quite reminiscent of oatmeal or cream of wheat, and is prepared in a similar manner, but using quinoa offers a wonderful bit of texture and that makes this anything but your ordinary breakfast.
Seasonal winter pears, bathed in maple syrup and roasted to caramelized perfection, are a wonderful compliment to the quinoa porridge. Pro tip: if you make a big batch of the maple baked pears, you can keep them on hand to serve with ice cream or whipped cream for an easy dessert!
One might initially think of quinoa only for savory preparations, but since its flavor is on the neutral side, it adopts a sweet breakfast preparation beautifully. Another thing that makes this an ideal winter breakfast (besides its warm and comforting elements) is the fact that quinoa is high in fiber, protein, and iron – all awesome nutrients you need to fuel your day!
After adding the maple baked pears, I like to top this healthier classic with a splash of almond milk and a little extra maple syrup.
Once you try this quinoa porridge, I’d wager you’ll want to experiment with all the other flavor possibilities that exist. Try quinoa porridge with chamomile and bruléed bananas next!
- 1 pear, sliced
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup quinoa
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1½ cups almond milk
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt
- Heat oven to 350ºF.
- Toss pears in maple syrup. Place in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon and bake for about 20 minutes or until softened.
- Meanwhile, heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add quinoa and cinnamon and cook until toasted, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes.
- Add almond milk, water, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Cover and cook until liquid has absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 25 minutes.
- Top quinoa porridge with maple baked pears before serving.
Home Chef Tip: Toasting the quinoa in the pan before adding the liquid imparts a richer, nuttier flavor to the porridge.
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