Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa

by Marla on August 30, 2012 · 42 comments

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Do I need to twist your arm to convince you that you need Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa in your life? I think not.

Quinoa has been trendy for quite some time but it’s very obvious that this seed (often mistaken to be a grain) is here to stay. We love it savory, sweet and everything in between.

Quinoa for breakfast? Yes please!

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I love it so much I practically dove into the bowl to photograph it.

Please don’t forget butter or ghee in this recipe. They are both very tasty ~ you should all ready know.

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Be sure to toast your almonds because there is nothing quite like roasted/toasted nuts. Do you call it roasted or toasted? I tend to use those words interchangeably and I am not sure if that is correct.

If you know otherwise please correct me. OK? I love learning new things.

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Besides adding lots of flavor ~ when you roast nuts they get really crunchy.

The contrast of the soft quinoa, creamy banana, butter and pure maple syrup with those crunchy nuts is a total party.

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

If you want to be a little extra decadent and fabulous you could brown your butter first. You could also top this breakfast with some Homemade Whipped Cream or Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream.

You don’t have to ~ but you would sure like it if you did! I wish I had a photo of that for you….

Next time.

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa | FamilyFreshCooking.com #glutenfree

What are some of your favorite quinoa recipes? Do you like it sweet or savory or both like me?

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 1 serving (simple adjust ingredients to suit your needs)

Maple Banana Toasted Almond Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 grams) dry Quinoa, cook according to package directions
  • pinch of fine Sea Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon to taste
  • 20 grams Roasted Almonds
  • 1 ripe Banana, 1/2 sliced and 1/2 mashed
  • pat of Butter or Ghee
  • splash of [pure Maple Syrup (we love full flavor Grade B)

Method

    Roast Almonds
  • Take a big batch of almonds. Spread them on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes. They should be lightly browned and fragrant. Be careful that they don't burn. You can chop them up after you roast them.
  • Quinoa
  • Cook quinoa until light and fluffy. Melt butter in a small skillet. For each serving combine 3/4 cups cooked quinoa with the rest of the ingredients (excluding maple syrup) in the skillet until hot. Top with some more nuts, banana slices and maple syrup.
  • Notes
  • You will have plenty of quinoa for a few breakfasts or anything else you need it for.
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