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Quinoa flake porridge with raisins and Manuka honey 🍯

Hi everyone, its cold here and I woke up to a frost and felt like a nice bowl of porridge except I don't eat oats so I made a nice big bowl of porridge with quinoa flakes whole milk and raisins I used 25g quinoa flakes with 1/2 pint of organic whole milk with lots of raisins that I soaked with a little cinnamon for extra flavour and I had a spoon of Manuka honey to sweeten slightly.

My porridge is not as colourful as our friend Zest's but its still nutritious and like internal central heating as its given me a nice warming sense of well being. And now I'm ready for the day.

I've some buckwheat flakes so shall be experimenting with those for porridge soon.

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Morning Jerry. Love porridge oats and eat it everyday. Yours looks very scrummy...

in reply to Red18

Hey good morning Red18 I can't eat oats as I'm a coeliac so I have to use alternatives but used to love oats.

So thank you for that. 😊

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Hi Jerry. I may try quinoa oats.. new idea. Thankyou

That actually looks quite nice, always think of porridge (oats) but guess any grain should work.

in reply to kitchengardener2

Thank you Alice you can make a gruel with many alternatives and use the same ratio. You can also make a pudding with ground quinoa thats similar to semolina but gluten free. 😊

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Hi Hidden

Your porridge looks great, and I bet it was delicious. Lovely that you had some Manuka honey, plus the raisins soaked in cinnamon - scrumptious!

Zest :-)

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Hi Zest this is very kind of you as we've all seen your amazing porridge. 😊

I absolutely love using manuka honey myself for its health benefits so good on ya for having some in your breakfast during flu season. Your quinoa porridge is a great substitute for oats.

in reply to Imaaan

Thank you Imaaan absolutely Manuka honey is very healthy and nice I also really like local raw honey. And if you can't eat one thing then you have to find another and quinoa is very healthy. 😊

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Your porridge 🥣 looks and sounds great for the cool temperatures today. I never had Manuka honey, but I know it’s good for certain health issues. 😀👍👍🍯

in reply to Activity2004

Hi Leah thank you, Manuka honey is very dark and has a caramel flavour. 😊

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Thank you for letting me know that about the honey. Wil have to see if it's out here soon. :-)

Sometimes wholefoods are better, but still necessitate caution. Honey for instance gives some additional benefits because of its local pollen content. However, it is still a mixture of fructose and glucose, which is only marginally different to sucrose-table sugar. Therefore, it needs to be similarly treated with caution. Up to an ounce of fructose per day may be okay because it slows digestion of glucose for example and lowers Gi, but above that the toxic properties begin to outweigh the benefits; fructose thickens blood, and is the major contributor to NAFLD, whether from fruit, grains, honey or table sugar.

The body has no direct use for fructose, and immediately upon digestion sends it to the liver for synthesis to glucose in the first instance, and as is the norm for the developed world, when the body has more glucose than it uses the excess is converted to fat. It is this de novo lipogenesis meal after meal that accumulates in the body, that over decades is the cause of all the chronic ill-health that has been blamed on ingested saturated-fat. Look up foie gras- fatty liver of ducks and geese, deliberately induced by forced-feeding them corn.

in reply to StillConcerned

Hi StillConcerned honey and especially Manuka honey has many healthy benefits for many of us obviously if you have obesity or diabetes then you have to control your blood sugar levels and restrict foods like honey that is packed with goodness.

Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal which’s a very powerful antibacterial properties that isn’t broken down by our bodies and has been successfully used to treat peptic ulcers. And it has many health benefits so as long as one doesn’t have diabetes or obesity honey and Manuka honey has many benefits so here’s a link about its healthy benefits:


I don’t suffer from diabetes or obesity and have no blood sugar problems so I can see honey in a more wholesome light than someone who just see’s sugar levels and reacts to this.

As far as diabetes goes we need to raise awareness to get people tested so that they can control it and hopefully reverse it hence the awareness campaign on DI as awareness is empowering and diabeties can be reversed and this is what we should be focusing on.

For any of our diabetic/prediabetic members here’s a link to the awareness campaign on DI:


So you are right Diabetes needs to be controlled and how foods affect diabetes is part and parcel of awareness in dealing with it but it isn’t helpful diabetics demonising all carbs and honey especially on a community like HE as we cater for ALL diets and their needs we don’t have vegans criticising others for eating meat as we have to respect each other’s needs rather than focus on OUR negative reaction to an otherwise healthy food.

All the admin of HE are gluten free we have different stances on gluten free yet are respectful of each other’s choices and needs. And we don’t demonise wheat and gluten as we see it for what it is.

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Thank you for mentioning diabetes, because I don't think I did on this occasion.

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Hey we want to spread awareness to help one another with our own specific challenges and I know how diabetes is challenging to live with so having an autoimmune disease myself I have a lot of empathy with diabetics.

Now you may be interested in this small study where diabetics had Manuka honey which elevated their blood sugar levels but much less than if they’d had the same amount of sugar. Then surprisingly their blood sugar levels dropped after half an hour and remained lower than normal for a further 2 hours, indicating that Manuka honey might be initiating insulin production.

So here’s the article:


Hi Jerry, That looks good and I am getting quinoa flakes today and tomorrow morning I will be eating the same. I use quinoa a lot but never thought of quinoa flakes for porridge. Thanks for sharing

in reply to KBMosia

Hey that’s great KBMosia so good for you, I also eat quinoa regularly and I grind it to a flour in a coffee grinder and add that to many baked items.

I also coarse grind it so it’s like ground rice and use that to make an alternative to semolina as I can’t eat wheat or gluten and this makes a wonderful gruel for breakfast or a really nice pudding.

So I’m sure that you will enjoy quinoa flakes cooked this way. 😊

Hi Jerry, I make porridge with quinoa or buckwheat flakes and they are both a good, hot, satisfying breakfast. I make quinoa with water but buckwheat with milk. Buckwheat porridge is really thick and smooth - very tasty. Try it.

in reply to topaz1

Hi topaz1 this is great to know and I will try porridge with buckwheat flakes soon as it’s sounds wonderful.

I have found that buckwheat flakes make amazing flapjacks. 😊

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Thanks Jerry, I've saved your flapjack recipe to try sometime. Enjoy the buckwheat porridge.

Ooh interesting, I’ve only ever had oats and rice porridge, I must give them a try. I put the quinoa back on the supermarket shelf on Saturday as it came from Peru, M&S do some grown in 🇬🇧 And my carbon footprint has always been important to me, long before it was a thing. do you know where your flakes are grown please?

in reply to Callyv

Hi Callyv firstly good for you for thinking about your carbon for print yet alone dealing with it so proactively! I’m impressed with that as you are so right ultimately it is down to us the consumer to be responsible for things to change.

Now I don’t know the answer as it doesn’t say on the pack but it’s fair trade and organic and as you asked here’s the brand I buy from my local whole food shop:


So I’m probably not making as ethical choices as you.

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Thank you Jerry, we do what we can and we are all different, we have to eat at the end of the day. Fair trade and organic are also good reasons to purchase in my book and if I can’t find anything that compares made close to home I’ll be buying this brand to try.

Silly question but do you cook the quinoa in the hot milk? How long does it take?

in reply to happytulip

Hi happytulip its not a silly question and yes I cook it in the milk and I cook it in a saucepan until it’s cooked through. But you can cook it really quickly in a microwave especially if it’s only for one and that literally takes 2 or 3 minutes. I also always add the dry fruit before cooking so it thats nice and soft.

I make a rice pudding with ground rice and a mug of milk and cook that in my microwave especially if it’s for supper, the secret is to not let the milk boil over just like in a pan.

I hope that you enjoy your quinoa porridge 😊

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