Quinoa for breakfast: Two ways

If you’re tired of boring, flavourless breakfasts or you’ve been starting your day with meals you know aren’t the best for you, it’s time for a change! Quinoa is a nutrient-rich, protein-filled, ancient grain that also happens to be delicious! Enjoy it for breakfast in one of these scrumptious ways.

Quinoa cookie

Quinoa cookies

Serving size 30

When you’re in a rush and need to take your breakfast on the road with you, you’ll be grateful to have these little balls of nutritious energy on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 eggs (or flax eggs)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:

  1. Rinse the quinoa, then place it in a pot with water, and cook it for 15 minutes over medium-high heat or until the water has been fully absorbed. Let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the margarine or butter, applesauce, sugar and maple syrup. Add in the eggs or flax eggs and the vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture, and combine thoroughly. Stir in the cooled quinoa, oats, dates and pecans.
  5. Place spoonfuls of dough on a cookie tray, and flatten them slightly with a fork.
  6. Bake in the oven for 16–20 minutes.

Quinoa banana bake

Quinoa banana bake

Serving size 1

If you enjoy a bowl of oatmeal or hot cereal in the morning but are looking for a change, you’ll love this quinoa banana bake. It’s stuffed with healthy ingredients that will fill you up and provide a great start to your day.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa (simmer 1/6 cup rinsed quinoa in 1/2 cup water for about 15 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 small banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • Optional toppings such as brown sugar, chopped nuts or dried fruit

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the ground flaxseeds and water in a small bowl, then chill the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the cooked quinoa, banana, applesauce, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and walnuts in a bowl. Stir in the flax and water mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into a mini casserole dish or ramekin.
  5. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until it begins to bubble around the outside.
  6. Let it cool slightly before sprinkling on the toppings and serving.

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