Quick Quinoa Breakfast with Warm Cinnamon Apples

Quick Quinoa Breakfast with Warm Cinnamon Apples


Try making a double batch of the apples (use a larger pan) and save some in the fridge for the next few breakfasts. You can also add fresh or frozen cranberries to the apples or dried fruit such as raisins or currants. Try using other fruit in place of the apples such as fresh or frozen peaches or plums. We make large pots of quinoa but you can make a small pot like I do in this recipe.


How to Make a Pot of Quinoa:


1 cup quinoa

1 3/4 cups water

pinch sea salt


Rinse and drain the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer to remove the bitter saponin coating. Place rinsed quinoa in a small pot and add water and salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.


Cinnamon Apple Topping:.



1 to 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

3 apples (I used Granny Smith), peeled, cored, and sliced thin

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup water or apple juice

2 to 3 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch sea salt


Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add coconut oil. Once the oil is melted add your apples and saute far a few minutes, stirring frequently. Then add the honey, water, spices and salt. Stir and let simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until apples are cooked as desired.


Top each bowl of quinoa with apples and chopped or ground nuts.


Other Ideas for a Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast:


  • A bowl of cooked quinoa and cooked lentils topped with a sprinkling of Herbamare. Sliced apples on the side. (our kids love this – it is a favorite)
  • Finely diced potatoes sauteed with chopped onions and cumin then rolled in a rice tortilla with black beans and salsa.
  • Leftover cooked rice and cooked garbanzo beans topped with a little Herbamare, green smoothie on the side.
  • Sweet Rice Cereal (recipe in our cookbook) topped with pure Grade B maple syrup and chopped nuts.
  • Buckwheat Pancakes (recipe in our cookbook) topped with fresh fruit and pure Grade B maple syrup.
  • Teff Breakfast Muffin with a tall glass of Green Smoothie.

These are just a few ideas that don’t involve gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, or soy, some of the top foods that can elicit a host of health-related issues.

What are your ideas for a healthy (and usually quick) breakfast?



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