Red Quinoa Peach Porridge with White Tea Syrup

2 peaches, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup Tazo White Cucumber tea (white tea with cucumber)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red quinoa
1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats

Place the quinoa, peaches and water in a small saucepan. Cook for 30 minutes then add the oatmeal and milk. Cook until the oats are tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, bring the sugar and tea to a boil in a very small pan. Boil until it reduces to a syrup (about 30 minutes). Stir the quinoa mixture. Drizzle with syrup.

My thoughts:

Recently I was approached by Tazo to develop some new recipes using their tea. I received a big box of various teas to play around with and once a week for three weeks I will be sent a mystery ingredient to use in the recipe as well. Last week the ingredient was lavender and I made some yummy Oolong Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting. This week the ingredient is red quinoa. Might I admit something? I am not the biggest quinoa fan. I like the texture and the idea of quinoa but I don’t love the flavor. Maybe I got burned out on it last year when I was developing recipes for the cookbook but I was a little disappointed that it was the mystery ingredient. But I rallied and decided to pair it with a seasonal ingredient: peaches. Cooked together the quinoa took on a pleasant peachy flavor and the oatmeal made it creamy. When topped with the tasty cucumber white tea syrup, it became a fresh tasting breakfast that had the texture benefits of quinoa but the flavor wasn’t overpowering.


  1. Quinoa is one of those things that I wish I liked, fiber and protein are my BFFs. I'll have to give this recipe a try!

  2. Whoa. That is a thing I never would have thought of, but it looks completely delicious.

    I think it would be an awesome weekend alternative to plain old oatmeal. Will try soon!

  3. I enjoy the texture and flavor of quinoa. Your recipe sounds yummy.

  4. I might have to try this! The only ingredient I need is the tea.

  5. This sounds amazing! I wish it was quicker to make, because quinoa always seems like a nice fast and easy source of fiber and protein. The Oolong Cupcakes with lavender frosting were incredible, so I'll definitely give this a try.

  6. Brandon,
    I wish it was fast too! Red quinoa pretty much always takes 20-30 minutes to be fully cooked.

  7. beautiful

  8. So the peaches and quinoa both sound good – but I must admit, my only hesitation to trying this out is the Tazo tea. Don't get me wrong, their tea is quite lovely… But cucumber tea and peaches? It sounds a little asynchronous. Is the flavor mostly white tea-ey, more than cucumber-y?

  9. Gywn
    Honestly, I don't think the tea tastes (or smells) like cucumbers at all. It just tastes like an herbal-y, slightly minty white tea to me. I don't think I'd know the cucumber was there if it wasn't in the name. I chose it because I knew the flavor would get concentrated in the syrup and I didn't want it to overwhelm the fruit.

    The ingredients: White Tea, Lime Peel, Dandelion Leaves, Black Darjeeling Tea, Cucumber, Peppermint, Lemon Myrtle, Natural Flavors, Lime Essence Oil

    Cucumber is pretty far down there on the list. Basically the syrup tastes like very sweet tea not cucumbers. I think another mild tea would work just as well. .

  10. Jessica ( frellathon )

    I have never tried Quinoa though I've been wanting to. This recipe of yours makes me wanna try asap. I love the sound of the syrup. Looks super yummy.

  11. I didnt like quinoa when I tried it a few years ago, but this recipe sounds like it would improve it quite a lot. Nice sounding combination of flavors

  12. I've always wanted to try quinoa but have never known quite how. Thank you for the inspiration. (and I LOVE white tea… yum!)

  13. I remember thinking as a child that cucumbers were just "little white watermelon", so I tend to still think of them as a fruit rather than a veggie.
    I will definately be giving this a try-Thanks!

  14. This recipe looks like a winner to me, but I know what you mean about burning out on an ingredient. The hazard of doing recipe development.

  15. I desperately want to like quinoa. I've tried and tried.

    I'll have to give this recipe a whirl and see if I can finally eat it without grimacing.

  16. Peaches are my favorite fruit, so maybe I'll have to try this… I love including tea in anything and everything, but it seems like so much sugar! Maybe I could figure out another way to include the tea.

  17. Ari
    That is the bare minium of sugar needed to make syrup. I look forward to your low sugar alternative!

  18. I love quinoa and I love peaches. Most of all I love Tazo tea!! I haven't tried the white tea with cucumbers yet but with this recipe I must buy it.

  19. I love quinoa and peaches. Most of all I love Tazo tea but I haven't tried the white tea with cucumber yet. Must go buy so I can try this recipe.

  20. This is a really interesting recipe; it makes me think of a rice pudding, in a way, because of the grains. I never have time to make sure elaborate things for breakfast, but I might try serving this as a dessert.

  21. I love white tea, and this sounds like a great way to flavorfully add more fiber to my diet!