April 2, 2014

apple cinnamon quinoa bake

i'm always looking for something quick and portable for breakfast. i'm not really hungry, or even able to eat breakfast before i land at my desk. the oatmeal with an apple got a bit ho hum and i happened to stumble upon this treat on

smelled so good while cooking

yes, that's ginger in the pic, but not in the bake, oops

1 cup uncooked quinoa
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
2 apples, peeled & diced
1/4 cup rasins (nope)
2cups vanilla soy milk (i used reg milk)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup almonds, chopped

preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 7x11 (i used 8x8) baking dish. in a small bowl, mix uncooked quinoa with spices, pour into baking dish.

spread it out a bit

i have this amazing apple peeler/core/slicer from williams sonoma. if you don't have one, i suggest you get it. it's quick and easy, great for salads.


nearly there

so easy

comes out in a fun, slinky like ring

quickest dices ever

sprinkle the diced apples over the quinoa.

it's pretty thick for a "sprinkle"

in same small bowl, beat the eggs. whisk in milk and maple syrup.

i beat and whisk together

pour egg mixture over the fruit and quinoa. lightly stir to submerge the fruit. sprinkle with almonds.

you may have noticed i didn't add raisins. i'm not a fan, i've been known to call them evil. i will tolerate them in cereal if i have to, but that's where i draw the line.

bake for about an hour or until it's mostly set. i let mine go an hour, it could prob have stood another 5-10 min without getting to dry.

let cool and then cover before placing in the fridge. just cut yourself a slice in the morning. i usually get 6 servings out of the 8x8 when used as a breakfast bar. 9 when i cut into smaller bars like the monkey bars and protein bars i'll post later.

apple cinnamon quinoa bake breakfast

i reheated for 1 minute and it was perfect. the popsugar link also suggests adding yogurt, but i don't think it needed it. maybe some vanilla ice cream tho, mmmm.

for the peanut gallery

do you have a favorite make ahead breakfast dish?

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