January 6, 2014

Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast - Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

My favourite day of the week has changed quite often, usually dependent on whether a new show on TV I’m watching is showing that day. I think it’s safe to say easy laid-back Sundays are now my favourite since they allow me to make items such as this Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa. That’s quite a mouthful! I’ve had a bag of quinoa for a while now sitting and wondering what to make with it, quite curious about what it tastes like and whether I would enjoy this strange rice/couscous looking substance. I finally decided to go with a sweet taste palette for it and I can promise that it didn’t disappoint; I will be going back for seconds!

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast - Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

Quinoa is one of those base ingredients that can be used in so many foods, that you could easily turn this into a richer meal of a pudding which is my next plan. For now I wanted something lighter, akin to oatmeal or cereal. It absorbs flavours deliciously and has such a nice texture that I keep wondering why haven’t I tried this before? Like, this is really, really good! I like that I can take it from subtly sweetened to sweet all with the small addition of some maple syrup. It’s sort of chewy like oatmeal, and blends well with other flavours as I found with the apple and the almonds.

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast - Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

Although the quinoa is clearly the star of this dish, the apples really won me over. I broke them down in a pan on the stove lightly sprayed with PAM and drizzled with maple syrup and they become as soft as if they were baked for near to 30 minutes in just 5 minutes. The cinnamon sprinkling as well as adding a cinnamon stick to the base quinoa while it is cooking (similar to cooking pasta before a meal) also contributed greatly to the overall flavours and tied everything in. I loved the almonds in mine; you could also substitute for walnuts or pecans but it adds a great crunch and texture difference to the entire meal.

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast - Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

Here’s to plenty more quinoa in my life, specifically Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa!

Delicious and Healthy Breakfast - Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

Cinnamon Apple Maple Quinoa

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 2     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked and rinsed
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • Handful toasted almonds (or pecans or walnuts) for sprinkling on top (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup, for drizzling
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

Cooking the Quinoa

  1. Add the dry quinoa, water and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the maple syrup together. Add the cinnamon stick, cinnamon, salt and the tablespoon of milk. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, allowing it to absorb the ingredients. For a richer quinoa, you could use milk instead of water.

Apples

  1. While the quinoa is cooking, add apple into a pan that is sprayed with PAM. Drizzle with remaining maple syrup to the apples to coat. Stir and allow to simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes until cooked down and soft.

Almonds

  1. Toast the chopped/slivered almonds at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Bringing Together

  1. When Quinoa is finished cooking, taste to see if you need to add more maple syrup; add up to 1 teaspoon at a time to your acquired taste.
  2. Place into a bowl and add the softened apples on top and the almonds. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup.
  3. Enjoy!

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32 comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to try sweet quinoa for months now. And you’ve just convinced me, this looks so good! I love the apple addition. And maple syrup, oh, this sounds so so good! xx

  2. Monica says:

    I love quinoa but I’ve never tried it in a sweet version. I’ve seen it used in place of oats for breakfast with berries and maple syrup and it sounds great. Yours sure looks really warm and delicious – just what I need on a rainy morning like we’re having today.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Monica! It really was a great sub for oatmeal, just for a nice change.

  3. This looks great, I’ve had some red quinoa for a while now, wasn’t sure what to do with it and this sounds perfect!

  4. This looks so yummy. I always feared guinoa but I must try it now!

  5. I haven’t tried quinoa in a sweet manner. I love this combination with apples!! Looks so hearty and a wonderful breakfast.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Zainab! The apples were so soft and yummy! It really is a hearty breakfast.

  6. Johlene says:

    Love the ingredients in this recipe!!! Looks super tasty and your photos are great!!! Have a great week 🙂

  7. Joanne says:

    I do so LOVE the weekends! Mostly because I get to cook in a relaxed way. This looks like such a fun breakfast!! Something I would definitely crave.

  8. quinoa in place of oatmeal? count me in girrrrl!

  9. Ashley says:

    Cinnamon and maple is such a great flavor combination! I’ve been wanting to try out making granola with quinoa – I’m so intrigued by it!

    • Jessica says:

      That’s such a good idea, I never thought about that! I’m sure it would taste great and be loaded with protein!

  10. Jess says:

    Hi! This looks so tasty- I’ll have to try it soon! I’m sure the cinnamon and apple taste heavenly too.. 🙂

  11. Sounds like great dish for breakfast! Cinnamon, apple and maple? All my favorite ingredients! 🙂

  12. This quinoa looks so beautiful!! Very nourishing and tasty!! YUM!!

  13. Jelli says:

    I eat overnight soaked oats almost every morning for breakfast, and love adding yummy touches to it like the apples and maple syrup you added here. I’ve never tried quinoa before, but I know it’s good for you and sounds like it would be a good alternative to oats in my morning routine. Thanks for sharing, Jessica. I’ll have to pick up a box of quinoa this week!

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