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This delicious recipe is:

  • Gluten free
  • Vegan (use almond or coconut milk)
  • Dairy free (use almond or coconut milk)
  • Paleo (use almond or coconut milk)
  • A source of superfoods 


Serves 2-3 (the chia seeds make this very filling, so the recommended portion size is slightly smaller!)

  • 1 cup red quinoa (+ cook in 2 cups water)
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk or water (almond, coconut)
  • 1/2 cup ground almond
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (I add 2 teaspoons as I love a vanilla kick!)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey or other sweetener

Optional: Toppings – berries, desiccated coconut, activated buckwheat


How affordable is this meal?

Ground almonds = 1/2 cup $2.85, Chia seeds = 2 Tablespoons $0.66, Red quinoa = $1.50 per cup, milk = $1.50 for high quality whole milk / $0.87 for almond milk, Vanilla essence = $0.50 per teaspoon, cinnamon = $0.30 per teaspoon, coconut sugar ~$0.25 for 2 teaspoons.

Meal total = ~$7.60 for 3 servings or ~$2.50 per serve filled with superfoods, healthy grains and delicious flavour!



  1. Rinse quinoa for at least 1 minute in a sieve – this reduces the bitter saponin coating taste.
  2. Add to a small sauce pan with 2 cups of water and simmer for ~10-15 minutes until cooked (quinoa still retains a slightly chewy consistency)
  3. Once quinoa is cooked, drain and rinse again in a sieve over the sink.
  4. Rinse saucepan and add quinoa back into it. Add milk and ground almond and place back on low-medium heat.
  5. Add sweetener of choice and stir until dissolved.
  6. Continue stirring and add vanilla, cinnamon and then the chia seeds. The chia seeds will begin to absorb the milk/water and thicken the porridge.
  7. Stir for another 2-3 minutes, add more cinnamon or sweetener if desired.
  8. Serve warm with toppings of choice – perfect for a warming winter breakfast!

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This recipe was brought to you as part of The Love Club’s Fair Foodies project. The aim is to create nutritional and delicious recipes that have simple and sustainable ingredients (local, fresh produce is used in all recipes where possible) with an affordable price tag.

All images and ideas in this post are property of Maddie Mason @ The Love Club and may not be reproduced or used without prior permission and full credit to the owner. 


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