This past winter, I started cooking with quinoa. After removing gluten from my diet, I started looking for alternate grains to cook with. And while quinoa isn’t a grain (it is a seed), it is very easy to cook with AND bake with! Besides this recipe, I HIGHLY recommend you check out my Quinoa with Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Red Onion recipe. It is one of my favorite meals to make!
These Apple Quinoa Bites make for an excellent breakfast, snack or pre-run meal! I have two nephews that are under the age of 3 and they love this meal! I’m also thinking these would freeze well although I haven’t tried freezing them.
To make these bites, mix the ingredients together (recipe is below)
Quinoa Apple Bites
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup quick oats **if you are Gluten-free check to make sure your oats are G-free. Not all are.
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg (a little goes a long way, I’ve found!)
¼ cup of brown sugar
1 TBSP white sugar
1 TBSP maple syrup
1 cup finely chopped apples
2 eggs lightly beaten
Caramel for drizzling atop (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cook your quinoa (2 parts water to 1 part quinoa), then set aside in a bowl and let cool. I like to cook my quinoa in my rice cooker – just make sure to watch it towards the end so it doesn’t burn.
3. Add the cup of quick oats to the quinoa and mix well.
4. In a small bowl mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and white sugar, and then add it to the quinoa/quick oats mixture.
5. Lastly add in maple syrup, chopped apples and eggs and mix lightly until loosely combined.
6. Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray, then fill the cups until they are about ¾ full.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. **If so desired, for an indulgent twist, add a drizzle of caramel on top of these delicious treats.
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This recipe has been adapted from And They Cooked Happily Ever After