Easy Breakfast Porridge

Whole Grain Naked Oats

This breakfast takes a little forethought but after some soaking and throwing ingredients into a crock pot you can wake up to a nourishing warm breakfast, ready to eat. Make a large batch and eat it all week!

1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 cup millet
1 cup whole naked oats
6 cups warm water mixed with 4 tablespoons yogurt (yogurt is optional)*
5 cups water
1 cinnamon stick broken into 2 pieces (plus any other spices you want)
4 cups milk (or a non-dairy milk, such as almond or rice)

The morning before you want porridge, soak all the grains in the warm water/yogurt mixture until after dinner (for at least 2 hours), then rinse and drain well. Pour the soaked grains into a slow cooker with water, milk, and cinnamon or your other favorite spices. Cover and set unit on low to cook overnight (7-9 hrs). When you wake up you will have hot delicious porridge ready for you! Add nuts, seeds, fruits, and additional yogurt to create your unique breakfast.

*The lactobacillus bacteria found in yogurt helps to breakdown the phytates found in whole grains. Phytates can bind to nutrients and inhibit their digestion, so this process helps us to better digest the nutrients in our meal!

We thank Virginia Newman for this recipe.