Recently I’ve made a commitment to be really mindful of my sugar intake. Sugar is SO addictive for me, I swear as soon as I have a little bit, I spend the rest of my day thinking about my next fix.
As I result I’ve been getting crafty in the kitchen finding new ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. This past Sunday night I was at home and was really craving a warm slice of apple pie, but it was SO cold out and I couldn’t bring myself to leave my apartment. So, with the ingredients I found readily available in my kitchen, I made this instead! I am calling it my healthy apple pie quinoa bake. Perfect for a lil desert to satisfy that sweet tooth, OR it makes a really cozy warm breakfast too!
1 c dry quinoa (red or white, doesn’t matter)
2 c Almond milk (coconut, soy, or regular work too)
1/4 c Maple Syrup (honey works also)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c slivered almonds, or chopped walnuts
1/4 c raisins or dried cranberries
1-2 apples, diced
1. Preheat Oven to 350˚F .
2. In a medium sized bowl, mix the dry quinoa with the dry spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and raisins. Pour into a greased glass baking dish.
3. Sprinkle the chopped apples on top of the quinoa.
4. Next, whisk together the maple syrup, milk and eggs. Pour the mixture over the quinoa in the baking dish.
5. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top and a little extra cinnamon for good measure. Pop into the oven to bake for 1 hour.
Let cool and enjoy! You could also put some fresh whipped cream or yogurt on top as well.
I have also warmed up myself a slice in the morning for an easy breakfast this week and it has been extra delicious!
I would love to know any variations you make on the above recipe and how you like it!