Now that I have discovered quinoa and how easy it is to cook (I love my rice cooker!), all I want to do is make quinoa! I’ve also been on an apple kick lately (nothing beats a sliced apple with a little bit of peanut butter!). So I thought, how can I combine these two things into something healthy and delicious?
This is how the inspiration came for this dish: I knew I wanted to create something with warmth and lots of flavor. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices and I knew I wanted to create something that combined this spice with my latest cravings for warm, semi-hearty foods (like oatmeal, but lighter). Then I thought, what about a baked apple? The result—a brilliantly delicious and healthy breakfast! This works especially well for a weekend meal because of the time it takes. I made it during the week, but I am fortunate enough to have lots of time in the morning and don’t have to rush out the door to get to work. (I just have to rush down the stairs to my office).
This is also a great recipe for using left over quinoa. We had quinoa the night before so I kept the rest in a small container in the refrigerator overnight to use for this recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 medium apples (I love honeycrisp apples so that’s what I used, but any baking apple will also work.)
½ cup cooked quinoa (Either use the left overs from the night before as I did, or cook in your rice cooker as I do or cook using the directions on your quinoa package.)
¼ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. peanut butter (I used natural creamy.)
½ cup hot water
Small baking dish (I used a glass 8x8x2in. dish)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Core apples, making sure not to puncture the bottom of the apple. You can use a melon baller like I did, an apple corer, grapefruit spoon, or paring knife.
- Place in baking dish and pour the hot water into the bottom of the dish. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
- While apples are baking, make your filling. In a small bowl combine quinoa, cinnamon, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Set aside.
- When the 20 minutes is up, pull out the baking dish and set on stovetop to spoon your filling into the cored center of apples. Press down lightly with your spoon to get as much of the filling into each apple center as you can. Pour just a dab of maple syrup directly on top of each apple’s filling.
- Leave uncovered and cook an additional 20-30 minutes until apples are soft. (I cooked mine about 25 minutes). The skin will become wrinkled and you should be able to poke the apple with a fork or knife easily.
- Remove from oven and enjoy immediately!
Because I’m such a peanut butter fan, I drizzled just a little on top of each apple half before eating. This recipe is so good you’ll forget that it’s healthy and that it’s okay to eat for breakfast! These are great the following day as well and can be eaten cold or warmed up in the microwave.
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