Overnight Steel Cut Oats and Quinoa Porridge

Although I love my 5 star muesli and can pretty much eat it every day of the year, lately the cool autumn mornings have had me craving a warm breakfast.  I love steel cut oats but I haven't got 20 minutes to spend stirring them on a school/work/uni morning.  Instead I quickly prep them while I am cleaning up after dinner and they are all ready to be warmed through first thing in the morning.  The added quinoa bumps up the protein levels - this recipe will fill you up all morning.  This recipe was inspired by marin mama cooks but I've  used my german death machine (the thermomix) to prep them - you can also just use a saucepan, spoon and  stove.  


  • 1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed and scrubbed in a fine mesh sieve)

  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups your choice of milk

  • pinch of salt


  1. Place all the ingredients in your thermomix/saucepan.

  2. Thermomix - 100 degrees/ 6 minutes/reverse speed 3. Leave it to sit overnight.

  3. Stovetop - Bring to the boil on a medium-high heat, stir occasionally for 5 minutes. Give one last stir, cover it and let it sit overnight.

  4. In the morning the milk and water will have all been absorbed and your porridge is ready to be heated up and served.

  5. I like to serve it with either chopped banana and dates, a caramelised pear, or fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Serves 4.  

Rachel is a university qualified Clinical Nutritionist based in Balmain.  She is also the busy working mum of two teenagers, so is practical and realistic with her advice . Rachel offers private consultations to improve your family's health and well-being. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram for more healthy tips and tricks. 

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