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Crock-Pot Apple-and-Quinoa Porridge

Most of us are familiar with quinoa as a side dish or the base for an alternative pilaf. But did you know it makes a fantastic morning porridge, too? Mixed with apples and nuts, it also offers a full serving of protein in every bowl. And Crock-Pot cooking makes it incredibly easy: just turn it on before bed, and wake up to a tummy-warming bowlful. The slow cooker method results in a super-creamy and rich tasting porridge.

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Crock-Pot Apple-and-Quinoa Porridge

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Ricki Heller


  • cups dry quinoa rinsed (see note)
  • ½ cup gluten-free steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond rice, cashew, or other non-dairy milk of choice
  • 2 medium apples cored and diced (unpeeled)
  • 1/3 cup xylitol coconut sugar, or other sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts lightly toasted


  • Place all ingredients except the nuts in a slow cooker and stir to combine. Set on low, and allow to cook overnight. Stir well before serving, adding more milk as needed. Top with a sprinkling of walnuts (about 2 tablespoons per serving). Store leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Stovetop method: Reduce liquids to cups each of milk and water. Combine everything except the nuts in a large pot and heat over medium-high heat until just barely boiling. Immediately lower heat to low, cover, and cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently, until the quinoa is cooked and creamy. Add nuts and stir to combine. Serve warm or cold.


Feel free to substitute more oats, buckwheat groats, or millet for some or all of the quinoa.


Nutrition Facts
Crock-Pot Apple-and-Quinoa Porridge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 128mg5%
Potassium 249mg7%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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