Hello lovelies, I hope the new year has started well for you and I wish you all a great 2020! Everyday life and a bit of routine have returned here and I’m finally sharing the first new recipe with you: sweet quinoa with apple compote. Have you ever eaten quinoa in a sweet version? We like quinoa very much, but usually savory and as a side dish instead of rice, potatoes or pasta. But also sweet, cooked in coconut milk, I can highly recommend it to you. It goes particularly well with fruit compotes, nuts and berries.
Quinoa is gluten-free, rich in protein, magnesium and iron. Like amaranth and buckwheat, it is a pseudo grain and is therefore particularly interesting for people with gluten intolerance. Quinoa is a good source of essential amino acids such as lysine, tryptophan or cystine and provides polyunsaturated fatty acids. It has a high mineral content.
Quinoa from Europe and Switzerland is now also available, although not as widespread, but it’s still a good alternative. In any case, you should pay attention to organic quality.
And now here is the recipe for sweet quinoa with apple compote:
Sweet quinoa with apple compote
- 1 cup coconut milk (approx. 200 ml)
- 1 cup water (approx. 200 ml)
- 200 gr (7 oz.) quinoa
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- optional: 1-2 Tbsp sweetness of your choice (e.g. maple syrup)
- 2 apples
- 1 pear
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 Tbsp fruit puree
- 2-4 Tbsp coconut yogurt (or soy)
- 2-3 Tbsp almonds (or other nuts)
- 1-2 tsp cashew or almond butter
- Rinse quinoa well under running water
- Add it to a pot along with coconut milk and water
- Add salt, vanilla and cinnamon
- Bring to a boil and then let it simmer at medium heat for 10-15 minutes
- Once the quinoa is soft, turn the stove off and let the quinoa steam off
- Let it cool off
- Peel apples and pears and cut them in small slices
- Put them in a pot along with some water and cinnamon
- Let them simmer for approx. 5-10 minutes until the fruits are soft
- Let them cool off
- Add the quinoa into a glass, yogurt on top, then the fruit puree, then the compote and serve with nut puree
- You can easily layer it the night before (without the nuts) and then eat it for breakfast
We like quinoa very much because it has a slightly nutty taste. I completely refrained from sugar or sweetness in the recipe, since we (or especially I) will not eat any sugar or sugar substitutes in January. If you prefer it a little sweeter, you can add maple syrup or another sweetness of your choice. I find the sweetness of the fruit compote completely sufficient and the children loved it too.
You then realize again how sweet nuts or nut puree is, check it out. The red fruit puree that I used is a cranberry apple puree – just cook fresh cranberries, apples and a little lemon and then mash it. It gets a little sour, but also very tasty, especially in combination with the yogurt, quinoa and apple/pear compote.
I hope I could make you want to try the quinoa in a sweet version. I find it a great alternative for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. And if you have some leftover quinoa, you can still use it in a savory bowl or salad, because the sweet taste is not so strong. I have, for example, a delicious salad here on the blog, already.
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