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Nutty Strawberry Banana Breakfast Quinoa

Nutty Strawberry Banana Breakfast Quinoa {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Source: Ambitious Kitchen and re-blogged from www.learnnutritionwithme.com

As always, words inserted in red are my changes to the recipe.

Serves 2

1 cup of water

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups milk of your choice (to make vegan use coconut or almond milk), or yogurt, divided

1 banana, sliced

1/2 cup strawberries, diced

1/ 4 cup toasted nuts of choice, chopped

2 tablespoons unsweetened toasted coconut

Directions

  1. Place water and rinsed quinoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Add cinnamon and vanilla and reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 15 minutes or until all of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand another 5-10 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  2. Divide into two bowls, adding 3/4 cup of milk. Top each bowl with bananas, strawberries, toasted nuts, and unsweetened coconut. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Optional add-ins: honey, agave nectar, peanut or almond butter, berry variety, mango, pineapple, apples, applesauce or toasted nuts
  • If you’d like you can double the recipe and store the extra quinoa (without milk and toppings) in a container and place in fridge. Take out portions during the week, reheat, and add toppings.
  • Save yourself some time and make a big batch the night before for dinner and have the rest for breakfast.

Salted Caramel Brittle

Just realized that I forgot to post a new recipe yesterday! Sorry that you had to rely on Chef Boy-ar-dee…LOL. Anyways, here is another KISS recipe which we discovered has other interesting uses…don’t skip the salt!!!

Once it is made, try mixing it in with homemade ice cream OR just drizzle the fine chunks on some good ole Laura Secord or Haagen Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s vanilla, depending on where you live.  I also used it on frosting for cupcakes (otherwise known as icing), using the same crumbles. I had hoped it would be great on my recent recipe for Bacon and Maple Syrup cupcakes, but that recipe was sooooo disappointing. I will let you know when I have perfected it!!! Of course, the brittle is just great by itself…

I suggest keeping it in the fridge during these warm summer months.

So, here it is…

Salted Caramel Nut Brittle

A variation on the classic peanut version, a touch of salt makes this brittle dangerously addictive.

(Makes about 1 pound)

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 cup toasted hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans or pumpkin seeds (or a combination) coarsely chopped

1 teaspoon sea salt

Method:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until mixture starts to brown, about 14 minutes. Gently swirl the pan until the mixture is an even, deep amber color, about 1 minute more.

Immediately remove from heat and quickly stir in nuts and salt. (I actually just sprinkled the salt over before it hardened). Pour onto the prepared baking sheet, spread in an even layer, and let cool. Once cool, break into small pieces.