It's time to mix up your breakfast routine with this delicious, light and healthy quinoa with fun holiday flavors!
Thanksgiving is over and it's time to get into the HOLIDAY SPIRIT!! Bring on the gingerbread 🙂
I love spices. I love pumpkin in the Fall and gingerbread around the holidays and Winter.
The sweetness of the apples pair perfectly with these awesome spices. (Feel free to adjust the spices according to your tastes.)
The quinoa makes a lovely substitution for a cold morning when you are getting tired of eating oatmeal all the time (like me). And quinoa is a complete protein as well and who doesn't need some extra protein in the morning?
I know I am always looking for more ways to add protein to my diet, especially during the holidays. This is the perfect way to add some protein to your breakfast.
But why limit this delicious quinoa to just breakfast? It can easily be just as yummy for dessert, a snack or even lunch.
No judgement here, especially around the holidays. Anything goes, right?
That's why adding some healthier dishes like this is important. It's all about balance and moderation, so this quinoa kind of cancels out all of the cookies, cakes and treats, right?
Why is balance so hard sometimes?
Apple Gingerbread Quinoa
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- ¼ cup almond milk feel free to add more in tablespoon increments if you need more
- ½ apple chopped
- 1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon you can use less if you'd like
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Maple syrup for topping
- After quinoa is cooked, remove sauce pan from heat and set aside.
- Put almond milk in sauce pan with sliced apple and mix well.
- Add maple syrup and spices and continue to mix. Put quinoa mixture over low heat and continue to stir until most of the milk is absorbed and apples soften. Serve immediately. ENJOY
I love the crunchy apples in here too. It adds a wonderful texture and light sweetness.
If you have picky kids that don't like apples you can easily leave them out. I personally love them in this, but I do understand how picky kids operate.
One day they love something and eat it all the time, then all of a sudden they wake up and no longer like it. I get that you want to bang your head against the wall, but most of the time they do grow out of it.
Just try to roll with it and when they refuse to eat something just keep trying to introduce it to them. Even though it can be incredibly frustrating, just keep offering it to them.
They might surprise you and all of a sudden try it and like it again. I have experience with this and it's truly baffling.
Back to these spices... they go perfectly with the sweetness of the apples. I love these spices all year long and don't just limit them to around the holidays, but they do seem to be even more magical during the holiday season.
I hope you love this new twist on a warm, healthy breakfast!
If you have any other ideas how we can add protein to our diets with some recipes, please send them my way. I am always looking for new ideas for any meal of the day!
If you make this Apple Gingerbread Quinoa or any of my recipes please come back and let me know. I love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by!