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Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

September 25, 2011

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

On the whole, I consider myself a fairly healthy eater.  I do have my vices which mainly consist of sugary treats and baking.  No one is without flaws.  Rest assured.  If you are looking for more ways to adopt healthy eating habits start with your breakfast.  Instead of reaching for the box of sugary processed cereal, grab some quinoa and cook it.  Here’s the thing once your quinoa is cooked the combinations of things you can add to it are endless.  There are so many ways you can turn quinoa into a breakfast cereal.  You could add milk, cinnamon and fresh blueberries or you could add toasted coconut, walnuts and fresh peaches, which is the route I have chosen.  Quinoa is a high protein seed that is prefect for breakfast because protein takes longer to digest and break down, therefore you will feel fuller longer.

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

Ingredients

1 cup red or yellow quinoa (or a mix)

2 cups water

2 tablespoons applesauce

2 tablespoons shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

4 tablespoons slivered almonds

1/2 to 1 cup fresh peach chunks

milk to taste

brown sugar to taste

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

To Prepare the Breakfast Quinoa

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread coconut in a single layer across the sheet.  Toast the coconut.  Keep a close eye on the coconut, it could burn quickly.  Coconut will be browned and fragrant after about 6 minutes.  Remove from the oven and place in a small bowl.  Place almonds on the baking sheet.  Toast almonds for about 6 to 10 minutes, until browned and fragrant.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in a small bowl.

Rinse the dry quinoa.  Place quinoa, and water in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.   Simmer the quinoa until all of the water is absorbed.  Stir occasionally.  Turn off the heat and allow quinoa to cool slightly.

In a bowl, combine a heaping spoonful of quinoa, applesauce,  a sprinkling of almonds and coconut, a generous helping of fresh peach, a sprinkling of sugar and a splash of milk, if you like.

 Makes 2 breakfasts

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

Breakfast Quinoa with Toasted Coconut, Walnuts and Fresh Peaches

A well balanced breakfast fit for a king or queen, or you and I!  Breakfast quinoa is the perfect way to start your day!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2012 5:28 pm

    This looks like my dream breakfast containing all my favourite elements 😀
    Wonderful recipe and blog!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: 3 Layer Brownie Cheesecake

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