If you are trying to avoid the pitfalls of sugary cereals and fatty meat and egg-based breakfasts, coming up with delicious alternative breakfast ideas can be a challenge. Normal grocery stores don't have a huge range of delicious, low sugar breakfasts staring at you down the aisle, so the options aren't so obvious. Thankfully, the versatility of ancient grains and the endless delicious porridge options they represent is worth getting very excited about.
Breakfast Ideas Using Ancient Grains
Porridges are the most underrated breakfast option. We tend to think of porridge as limited to a single-ingredient like oats or maize meal, but when you consider the huge variety of ancient grains the delicious breakfast ideas abound. With over 14 different ancient grains available combination options are limitless. They are easy to dress up, jazz up or sweeten up but equally yum eaten plain, so you can adjust them to suit the range of taste preferences of your whole family. We can't get enough of these interesting porridges - so perfect for a winters morning. This particular mixed ancient grain porridge recipe is so easy and one we absolutely LOVE!
How To Make Mixed Ancient Grain Porridge With Linseeds
This recipe uses oats, millet, quinoa and chia grains (yes, chia is technically a grain although often referred to as a seed). Combine this with linseeds, some almond flakes and top with raisins or cranberries, for those with a sweet tooth, and you have an absolute winner! Here's how:
This recipe should serve 2 adults.
- 1/2 cup oats, or buckwheat for a gluten-free option
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup millet
- 2 tablespoons chia
- 1 tablespoon linseeds
- 4 cups of water
- Bring water to the boil either in the kettle or on the stove.
- In a pot mix all ingredients into the water and leave to cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure it does not burn.
- Once the quinoa has gone transparent and all liquid has been absorbed, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.
- Add toppings of your choice: honey, almond flakes, coconut chips, diced apple, cinnamon, berries, banana, cranberries or raisins are all delicious
Serve hot and enjoy!
Tips For Better Ancient Grain Porridge
- Boiling the water in the kettle first saves time if you are in a rush.
- Go easy on the chia seeds. Chia seeds swell to 12 times their size so if you are a bit heavy-handed with the chia you may have to add more liquid or portion your porridge into a third portion.
- You will know when it is fully cooked when the quinoa is transparent and the husk around the quinoa grain has split.
- All these grains cook up relatively soft. The linseeds add some crunch. If you are not a fan of the crunchy texture skip the linseeds.
Serve hot with or without a dash of milk. Enjoy!