Monday, October 14, 2013

Meatless Monday--Peanut Butter-Apple Breakfast Quinoa

This time of year, I really start craving warm breakfasts.  As much as I love my yogurt and granola, chilly mornings just never seem right without oatmeal, eggs, or something to warm my belly and keep me going until lunch.  I've got a breakfast quinoa recipe I love, but I haven't made it in a little while.  

This recipe certainly lived up to my expectations.  It was every bit as warm, hearty, and filling as I was hoping, but it had an extra layer of flavor from peanut butter and honey--a heavenly flavor combination, if you ask me.  With a healthy dose of cinnamon and a smattering of bright, fresh honeycrisp apples, I really couldn't ask for more.  My mind is already racing with so many other possibilities--banana instead of apple, almond butter with peaches and cherries, and so many more.


Peanut Butter-Apple Breakfast Quinoa
adapted from Oh Shine On

Ingredients:
1 c. red or white quinoa, rinsed
2 c. water
1/3 c. peanut butter
2 TBSP honey, plus more for drizzling
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
1 large or 2 small honeycrisp apples, cut into bite-sized chunks

Directions:
1.  In a large saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer until quinoa is tender and tails come out, about 15-20 minutes.

2.  Remove quinoa from heat.  Stir in peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon.  Top with apples, then drizzle with additional honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Serve immediately.

Yields: 4 servings