I often serve apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast. I came across a recipe for apple cinnamon quinoa bites over at They Cooked Happily Ever After and knew it was something that my family would love. I made a few changes to the original recipe and my family loves these healthy apple cinnamon quinoa bites!
I replaced the white and brown sugar that the original recipe called for with Sucanat. Sucanat it is a trademarked name for whole cane sugar from dried (dehydrated) sugar cane juice (SUgar CAne NATural). It comes in a dark brown granulated form. Sucanat retains 100% of the sugar cane’s molasses and is about 13% molasses. It has fewer calories than refined sugar and is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin A and many other nutrients.
These apple cinnamon quinoa bites not only make a great breakfast they are great for an anytime snack! I typically double the batch and serve them warm for breakfast then I have a bunch left over for a sweet healthy snack throughout the week. These quinoa bites are low in calories and packed with protein, are you ready to make some of your own? Here you go……
What you need:
- 1/2 cup of quinoa
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of quick cooking oats
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons of Sucanat or brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 3 apples, chopped
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
What you do:
In a small saucepan combine quinoa and water. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and Sucanat (or brown sugar). Add spice mixture to the oats. In a small bowl mix the maple syrup and eggs and mix until combined.
In a larger bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix until combined.
Coat a mini muffin pan with oil, make sure to cover the top of the pan as the bites will cook up a bit. Fill each muffin slot with a spoonful of the mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
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