Oct 1, 2012

Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa



Some of you may be asking, quinoa for breakfast? Well yes, quinoa served warm, with it's nutty taste and chewy texture, pairs beautifully with fresh crisp autumn apples, golden raisins, pecans, warm milk, vanilla and cinnamon – a delightful breakfast that is both protein packed and comforting.

I just love the flavor sensations from each spoonful – the sweetness of the raisins, the pop from the quinoa, and the crunch of the apple and pecans. Fresh pears and cranberries would also make a wonderful alternative to apples and raisins. If you like your cereal a little sweeter you can drizzle it with a teaspoon of honey just before eating.  One bowl will keep you fueled and satisfied until lunch.


Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a hunger-curbing and power-packed nutritional all-star.  Loaded with satiating protein (8 grams per cup) and filling fiber (5 grams per cup), this superfood digests slowly, which keeps blood sugar and insulin levels steady. You’ll also get impressive doses of doses of thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, zinc, potassium, magnesium and selenium, along with 15 percent of your daily iron needs. No wonder the ancient Incas, who considered the crop sacred, referred to quinoa as the mother of all grains!


Be sure to rinse the quinoa well before cooking to rinse off the saponins which has a slightly bitter flavor.  I like to warm my milk up, then pour it in right before serving. Enjoy!


Nutritional information for quinoa provided by Heather K Jones, RD (aka The Diet P.I.).


Apples and Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 bowl (1/4 of recipe) • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 316 • Fat: 8 g • Carbs: 53 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 9 g • Sugar: 20 g
Sodium: 35 mg
 
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed well
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + more for sprinkling
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup warmed fat-free milk for drizzling (non-dairy milk is fine)
  • 1 gala apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:

Combine quinoa, water, cinnamon and vanilla in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes until quinoa can be fluffed with a fork.


Divide cooked quinoa between four bowls then stir in apple sauce, raisins, and pour in warmed milk. Top with fresh cut apples and pecans and a dash of cinnamon.


Makes 4 servings. You can divide the recipe to make 2 servings.

89 comments :

  1. Looks delicious and healthy. And I LOVE that spoon...so cute:-)

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  2. So I just made a double batch of your slow cooker apple sauce and was trying to figure out what to do with it all. I'm going to have to give this a try!

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  3. mmm this looks delish - I'm going to try this for breakfast tomorrow!

    fashionable footprints

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  4. Perfect Christine!

    Becky, they are from Such A Time Designs on Etsy!

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  5. How do you think this would reheat if I made a batch the night before and take it to school to reheat for breakfasts throughout the week?

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    1. Fine, just add the milk and the rest of the ingredients when you are ready to eat.

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  6. I keep meaning to have quinoa for breakfast and never do dang it! I need to rectify that pronto!

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  7. Could you freeze it too.

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  8. I was planning on making something similar this week since I have some left over quinoa in my fridge! I'll be using almond milk and walnuts instead though. I didn't even think of adding applesauce, what a great idea!

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    1. I figured it would be a healthier way to sweeten it.

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  9. Yum, I'd love to try this instead of my usual morning oatmeal!

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  10. I've been wanting to try sweet breakfast quinoa but haven't gotten around to it...This sounds like a fantastic recipe for fall!

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  11. Perfect! I usually do a mass of steel cut oats on Sunday for the week. This will be a nice change!

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  12. Quinoa for breakfast! I love this, especially with the apples and cinnamon. Looks so yummy.

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  13. this seems like another great recipe to use pumpkin butter with! I'm a little bit crazy with that stuff lately! Love it thanks!!

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    1. I just made some of that yesterday and I too am in love with it!!! Made the pumpkin pancakes with it last night and oh my!!!

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    2. This would be awesome with pumpkin!

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  14. Perfect breakfast for fall!

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  15. Has anyone made this and reheated the next day??
    Sounds awesome

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  16. Omg, that's brilliant! Never thought of that!! Gonna try soon! Must fill you up :)

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  17. It looks so tasty! And I love your spoon!

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  18. To everyone wanting to know if it reheats well, I make something similar with almond milk and raspberries and it reheats beautifully. Just wait and add the milk as you reheat it and it's perfect. I'll definitely be trying this variation very soon. Thanks Gina!!

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  19. Hi Gina,
    How many points would this be without the applesauce and nuts?
    Thanks!
    Nicole

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  20. Hi Gina ! I would like to know what you think of "vegetable chips" such as chips made of sweet potatoes or beets ! Thank you :)

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  21. Hi. Sorry for maybe a stupid question, but as I am reading I'm wondering, when you say to divide quinoa into four bowls, then add toppings, are the amounts for the toppings in the recipe to be divided by four as well?

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    1. I have the same question! I hope she answers...

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    2. Yes, you would divide the toppings of chopped apples and pecans and warmed milk evenly between your four bowls

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  22. I am super new to cooking, what is the contraption the quinoa is rinsed with in the picture?

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    1. It looks like a sieve...available at any cooking supply store or at your local Walmart.

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    2. What? Stay out of the kitchen, please.

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    3. To Anonymous, that poster could easily be a teenager that has never had the chance to cook yet! Why would you try and stop someone from learning to cook, just as they are asking a simple question? I'm shaking my head in disbelief.

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  23. There's a breakfast Quinoa recipe on allrecipes.com that is similar to this one. Also very good.

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  24. This is the best breakfast i've ever made, awesome site and recipes...

    Simon

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  25. Yum! Your breakfast looks fantastic!!! I am loving quinoa and it makes a great replacement for oatmeal!!

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  26. I am loving all of your breakfast ideas lately! Have been living on your overnight pumpkin oatmeal, now I will try this. Thank you! These breakfasts are easy to make and bring to work. The faculty room always smells so good when I heat up breakfast :)

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  27. Hi Gina!
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your website. Everything I've made from here is delicious! Thank you so much for creating recipes that fit my healthy eating lifestyle without all the "no fat=no taste" ingredients. I love how you break down the nutrition facts too!
    I had this quinoa dish this morning- delicious! Easy to make as oatmeal, but much tastier and filling. This weekend I'm making the Buffalo Turkey burgers with Blue Cheese slaw... Can't wait!! Yum!

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  28. followingGina10/2/12, 10:38 AM

    You've done it again! Man I wish I lived in your house Gina! MMmmm! Quinoa apples pecans and cinammon!? Im in HEAVEN!

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  29. LOVE Quinoa! Incredible recipe, Gina!!!
    BTW: Trader Joe's has the best price on it that I've found. They even have the multicolored one, which would look awesome in this dish.
    TIP: Making Quinoa in the rice cooker is super easy. You just rinse and cook like rice. Easy Peasy.

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  30. I made this this morning- very filling, and tasty! Thanks for the recipe- I never would have thought of using quinoa for breakfast!

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  31. I'm going to stop by the store and then try this tomorrow morning. So excited :)

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  32. Ahhhh perfect autumn breakfast!

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  33. There are different types of quinoa. Are they all the same or are they different? I usually buy the tricolor quinoa at Trader Joe's and the grains look different size/texture than your picture. Thanks!

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  34. Courtney O.10/2/12, 3:40 PM

    I made this last night and brought it to work today. So good! I didn't like quinoa the first two times I tried it in dinner recipes, but this was delish!

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    1. I think I like it better as a breakfast myself.

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  35. What a fantastic-looking Fall breakfast... or dessert! I love quinoa, and I know this recipe will keep sounding better the colder it gets - thanks for the new idea!

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  36. If you have a Costco they so far have the largest and the best price for quinoa.

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  37. I actually boil my quinoa for 10 min and then steam it for 10 min. It makes it fluffier somehow and works great for recipes like this and other quinoa salads. Just thought I'd share.

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  38. Thank you so much for this new idea . I like quinoa , hot , cold , for breakfast , for diner , for lunch. I was very lucky when I found you :)

    Misty from Belgium

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  39. Oh, I can't wait to try this. We eat quinoa alot, and I have made a breakfast quinoa hash....but this looks delicious!!! I love the spoons, too!

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  40. I cant wait to make this for my 12 month old tomorrow! Love the idea of using pumpkin butter too!

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  41. I have not been able to locate quinoa in the store, what area is it in ? with pastas?

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    1. usually with the rice :)

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  42. Made a batch this morning and thought it was great. I mixed all the ingredients together and topped my portion with a little brown sugar. Can't wait to see how it tastes tomorrow morning.

    To answer the previous question, I bought my quinoa at Trader Joe's but I also saw it in the grocery store near the rice, couscous, etc. You can also order it online if you do a google search.

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  43. tried this today and it was yummmyyy!!! Hubby and i are trying to go healthy until the end of the year and love the bad for you breakfasts...this is perfect for that craving. Thanks!

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  44. How much quinoa per serving? I donot care for cruncy apples in my oatmeal do you think I can cook my apples with the quinoa?

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  46. Really want to try this but would like to know....after dividing quinoa between 4 bowls do you then divide the remaining ingredients between the 4 or do they all go into each individual serving?

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  47. didnt have applesauce so i cooked it with some agave syrup 1 tbsp per cup and it was great

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  48. This was amazing, I loved it! My 2 and 4 year olds also ate it!

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  49. Tried this recipe. Lots of ingredient$$ and prep time for something that taste so BLAND. Right now, the percentage of skinny taste recipes I've tried that are good: 2. Those that are bland/not enough taste: 4.

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  50. Being celiac I'm always looking for new ways to get in good fiber. This is one if the best things I have tried in a very long time. Hearty and so good. I was out of applesauce today and put a spoon of strawberry preserves in it - the base quinoa can be changed up with so many options. Thank you for this great idea!

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  51. Can't wait to try this! Looks good! I would have never thought of quinoa being used like this!

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  52. Now that's a power breakfast! Can't wait to try it.

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  53. A really good recipe! I love quiona this way! Thank you so much!

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  54. This looks so delicious. I have added it to our meal plan for the month! Thanks

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  55. Great Recipe. I increased the water to 2 cups and did it in a rice cooker and it turned out perfectly!

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  56. My family just purchased its first package of quinoa for a recipe, and I was looking for other things to do with it and saw this recipe.. I REALLY like this, and I think my family is going to like it tomorrow when I make it for them! I understand a bit of the bitter taste.. (I dont think I rinsed quite long enough) The great thing is that it is ALL about the mix-ins! as versatile as oatmeal or cream of wheat. Is there anything you know that doesn't work for this? Thanks again.

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  57. i just entered this recipe on the weight watchers recipe builder and it came up at 13 points per serving. How did you come up with 8 points?

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  58. hi gina!
    when you make this do you split the other ingredients between 4 bowls also!
    thanks!

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  59. Love quinoa and for those who are not sure....the first time I tried it I was like "seriously you want me to eat 'that'" said emphatically. Now I find myself putting it into EVERYTHING. A must add to turkey burgers - they tend to dry out during cooking and the quinoa absorbs the juices and releases as the meat cools down and for some odd reason have come to love that little pop quinoa has. Nichole in PA.

    Ps. Costco has hands down the best price and it's organic which is an added bonus.

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  60. I just made this today. It was so delicious! I absolutely loved it! New favorite breakfast, right up there with your chia pudding. Yum.

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  61. amazing! I could have eaten the entire batch myself. That might have defeated the whole eating healthy thing though.Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

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  62. My family and I just enjoyed a bowl of this, making enough for us to have for breakfast later this week. I have a surfeit of bananas and some coconut milk hanging around that would make a good springtime version of this. Thanks, it was great!

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  63. What about using blueberries? Does that work?

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  64. Hi Gina,

    This looks really delish and I plan to make it this weekend! I track all my meals in myfitnesspal.com. I know you have 1/4 of the recipe, but would you happen to know exactly how much does a serving equal?. Is it approximately 3/4 cups, 2/3 cups, 1/2 cups, etc. Thank you!

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  65. After preparing this, I can say wow! This was my first quinoa based dish and I am pleasantly surprised. I am not a breakfast person so it's easy for me to start the day off wrong with sugary, processed food choices. This has helped curve those poor choices and will be a staple in my morning routine.

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  66. This was absolutely delicious. I'm the only one in my house that eats quinoa, so I just reheat some quinoa in a single serving and added the toppings to taste, I'll be having this more often for breakfast!!!

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  67. So if each serving has 3/4 c quinoa, then this recipe would be 5 points per serving, wouldn't it? Not including the milk. Does 1 cup of dry quinoa make 3 cups cooked in this recipe??

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  68. I have some already cooked quinoa in my fridge from another recipe and I was wondering what the measurement would be if I used already cooked quinoa? Does one cup of uncooked equal 4 cups cooked? I think I read that somewhere lol. I was looking for a way to use up my leftovers...this looks so yummy!!

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