People are always shocked to hear that I eat quinoa for breakfast. I mean, I don’t eat it every morning, but as this post shows, there is no meal (including dessert) that quinoa can’t participate in. For the people who are curious along with surprised, I often share with them this recipe.
Last night as I was pulling it together (you can prep ahead to save time in the mornings), it occurred to me that my bananas weren’t ripe enough. Like that ever happens…usually I am overloaded with overripe bananas (hence all of the banana bread). I knew that I could follow the recipe without banana, but that the nuttiness of the quinoa needed a little something sweet to balance the flavor.
The only thing available in my house was some natural applesauce, so I decided to give it a go. I also added in apple pie spice and then placed my concoction in the fridge overnight. This is totally not necessary but helps speed things up in the morning.
This morning, it took just 3 minutes and breakfast was ready.
I topped my quinoa cake with almond butter which was delicious (although not so colorful).
It was quite a filling breakfast that kept me moving almost until lunch (my stomach started growling around 11:30am), which was only slightly embarrassing.
The Baked Apple Breakfast Quinoa was good, but my favorite remains the banana! Although if my bananas are still green, this will make a good stand in for tomorrow’s breakfast.
So now that I showed you how I started the day…let me also share how I finished it (in terms of food anyways…there was some Downton Abbey involved as well). Another easy and healthy dinner…turkey taco salad! Even easier because the BOY had the turkey done before I got home : )
Do you eat quinoa for breakfast? What’s your favorite recipe?
Baked Apple Breakfast Quinoa
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 egg + 1 egg white
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
Chopped apple (optional)
1 tbsp ground flax
Apple pie spice
Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Stir well.
Microwave for 3 minutes until center is set and cake like.
Cool slightly before eating.
Top with jelly, nut butter, coconut, maple syrup, etc.