I don’t know about you, but I’m just about ready for Fall. I love Fall. I’m ready for falling leaves in every shade, nighttime bonfires in the actual dark, crisp mornings, and lots of layers. Of course, I am excited for the rest of summer! In ten days, I’m going on a short road trip through Oregon and Northern California with my mom that I’m super stoked about, and the week after we get back, my sister is getting married! So I’ll enjoy the rest of my summer, I’m just almost ready for it to be Fall. 🙂
Yesterday morning was cool and overcast, and I was craving something warm and hearty; something a little different than the breakfasts I’ve been enjoying lately. I haven’t had oatmeal in a long time and still don’t eat oats, but I figured a breakfast quinoa would be the perfect substitute for my oatmeal craving. A simple, creamy vanilla quinoa base topped with cinnamon apples ended up hitting the spot, and it was so good I decided I needed to share it with you guys.
In case you need more of a reason to sub out quinoa for your usual oats, quinoa has a whole slew of health benefits. Read about the 27 health benefits of quinoa to find out all the boosts you’re getting in your morning bowl when you make this apple-cinnamon goodness.
Hope you enjoy as much as I did!
- ½ cup uncooked quinoa
- 2 cups almond milk, divided
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 diced apple
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Additional toppings: nut butter, chia seeds, dried fruit, molasses, cinnamon, etc
- Rinse quinoa well under cold water. Allow to drain.
- Heat skillet over medium heat. Add quinoa and toast for a few minutes, until quinoa smells fragrant and all water has dissolved.
- Meanwhile, bring 1½ cups almond milk to a boil in a saucepan. Add toasted quinoa, stir, and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Set quinoa aside for 10-15 minutes.*
- Dice your apple. Heat 1 teaspoon coconut oil over medium heat in the same skillet you used to toast your quinoa. Add apple and cinnamon, and cook 5-10 minutes, until apple is soft. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water while cooking the apple to ensure it doesn't stick to the pan.
- Stir apple into quinoa mixture, and add honey, vanilla, and extra cinnamon, if desired. Place back on burner over medium-low and add up to half cup more of almond milk, until quinoa reaches desired consistency.
- Divide between two bowls and add any additional toppings you desire.