I had a packed of Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) sitting in the fridge for months after my cousin bought it when she was visiting, and I decided that it was about time that I used it. I was finally inspired by this post from Amanda (Me vs. the bulge) as even since going gluten free I have missed my porridge.

The recipe for Quinoa porridge is really tasty, health and easy (though as Amanda notes be very careful that you don’t boil over the Quinoa and milk as I also managed to do this!).

I have been reading up a lot on a2 milk recently and you can read more about it here. However basically a2 is the form of beta-casein which was originally produced by cows many years ago. Over time through natural genetic mutation the a1 form of beta-casein appeared in dairy cattle and spread becoming the common form. Some dairy cows still only produce the a2 type of beta casein and these can be identified and milked to produce a2 milk. a2 milk has been found to be great for those who are lactose intolerant, better for those with allergies (incl. skin rashes, hayfever, cough) plus many more benefits which you can read about here.

I therefore decided to give a2 milk a try and used it for this recipe (and did not notice a taste difference), however since I have only used it once to date I cannot report on any benefits yet.

If you want to give Quinoa porridge a try here is Amanda’s recipe:

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/4 cup of rinsed Quinoa
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 drop of vanilla extract

Method

  1. Place your rinsed quinoa in a medium sized pot
  2. Add the milk, water, brown sugar and vanilla extract
  3. Bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cover for 20 – 25 minutes or until it reaches a porridge consistency
  4. Place in a bowl and one small chopped banana (or any other fruit/nuts you would prefer!)

Have you tried a2 milk or Quinoa?

Quinoa porridge with banana