I grow vegetables to feed us, make natural ingredient creams, lotion and shampoo, cook all meals from scratch and detest E numbers. I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand

As promised, here is the recipe complete with pictures.

Porridge before adding milk and extras.

Porridge before adding extras like fruit, nuts or sweetener.

Now you can either put this all in a pot the night before and leave it to swell and absorb the milk over night or just get it read in the morning. It is essential to precook the quinoa and amaranth though. Cook like rice – 1 cup in 2 cups water but no salt is needed or do in your rice cooker. Water, soy milk, rice milk or any other substitute milk can be used. I use milk as I do not drink milk and am getting to the age where I need to build up my calcium levels. My daughter just uses water.

You can use other grains or seeds too. Buckwheat and Chai I believe are worth a try as well


1/2 cup Rolled Oats

1/2 cup precooked quinoa

1/2 cup pre cooked amaranth

(add sugar or sweetener here if you wish – to taste)

1 to 1 1/2 cup milk  or other liquid combination(this will depend on the oats you use. If  you use quick oats, you will use less milk. I use raw oats so it needs to absorb more liquid)

1tsp salt.

stir milk and grains before putting on heat.

stir milk and grains before putting on heat.

Mix grains together in a saucepan with the salt and milk and put on a medium high heat. Stir constantly until porridge boils.


Lower heat and stir until the desired thickness is reached (is about 8 minutes for me)

Remove from the heat and leave to cool a couple of minutes before carefully tipping into a bowl.

At this this stage I stir in any fruit or nuts, or just add milk and sweetener.

Lately I have been using coconut sugar and adding about 2 tsp while cooking.

This is enough for one good bowl full, enough for one person. I find it deliciously filling and am sure it is helping with my energy levels. I imagine this could be done in the microwave for people who do not like standing stirring, but I find it therapeutic first thing in the day. Time to contemplate the day ahead.

Ready to eat, with milk and coconut sugar.

Ready to eat, with milk and coconut sugar.

I would love to know of any other ideas you have for porridge. Will you let me know below please?



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