CARDAMOM QUINOA PORRIDGE WITH APRICOT AND BANANA
6 months +, Toddler, Kid, Adult
Quinoa is a true superfood containing essential vitamins like Riboflavin (B2) which helps energy production in the brain and muscle cells, important minerals like iron, magnesium and manganese, twice the fiber of most grains and protein. Rare for plant-based protein, quinoa contains ‘complete’ protein encompassing all 9 essential amino acids making it a truly perfect, balanced grain for kids. I use it as a substitute for white rice in several recipes. Combined with dried apricots which are a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C and iron and bananas which have a load of fiber, vitamins and minerals especially potassium, quinoa here makes a delicious, nutty and nutritious breakfast porridge.
Makes 4 baby, 2 toddler/kid or 1 adult serving
1/2 cup quinoa rinsed well
1 1/4 cups water
3 cloves cardamom smashed or seeds from 1 clove removed and ground
3 dried apricots finely chopped
1/2 banana chopped
plash water, formula, breast-milk or cow’s / soy / almond milk
Mix the quinoa, water, cardamom and apricots and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes with lid on until the water is absorbed. Leave to rest for 2 minutes then fluff up with a fork. The quinoa should be fluffy and almost translucent once cooked.
For young babies, add some water, formula or breast milk and the chopped banana and puree to your desired consistency. For the rest of the family, add the banana, a splash of milk and serve for a delicious power breakfast.
Instead of dried apricots, you can use fresh apricots or mangoes which also pair well with cardamom and make for a sweeter blend. Add the fresh fruit after the quinoa is done cooking.