Baked apples are an instant warming treat. This recipe is full of whole grain goodness, vegan and healthy enough to call breakfast.

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Oh my gosh have things been crazy around here! Crazy I tell you. When things get hectic I find myself eating the same things day-in, day-out. (and usually not very healthy things, I might add).  I may have eaten peanut butter on toast everyday (sometimes twice in the same day) for over a week.

When the crazies left and I found myself with some time on my hands… I went back to something basic, but better…

Baked Apples stuffed with Quinoa for breakfast

These baked apples were the perfect thing. Not only did they taste amazing, the sweet smells coming from the kitchen were enough to set everything right in the world again. Sweet but healthy, and something I could eat for breakfast or as a snack. You might even convince your kids that this is dessert and serve with some sweetened yogurt or ice cream :). The candied ginger added the perfect bit of spice here.

How to prep baked apples

While the quinoa cooks, core the apples. A melon-baller work nicely.

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Then stuff with the cooked quinoa and oats mixture. You don’t have to be neat about it.

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Once baked, the apples will be all wrinkly and soft. You should be able to pierce the skin with a fork

baked apples with quinoa | www.infinebalance.com  Serve with a bit of almond or other plant-based milk if you like

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Baked Apples with Quinoa and Candied Ginger

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup Almond Fresh Almond Milk Original
  • 3 tablespoons maple sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup large flake oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon candied ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 apples your choice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add quinoa, almond milk, 2 tablespoons maple sugar (or brown sugar), vanilla, salt and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Its okay if at this point the quinoa has not completely absorbed the liquid.
  • Remove from heat and remove cinnamon stick, stir in oats, ginger and pecans. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 and core apples. Place apples in a shallow baking dish.
  • In a small dish combine remaining tablespoon of sugar with teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture inside the core of each apple.
  • Fill each apple with as much of the quinoa mixture as possible. Pile the remaining quinoa around the apples in the baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 until apples are very tender. The skin should be puckered and wrinkly (so totally a word). Apples will easily pierce with a fork when done. This will take 30-40 minutes depending on the size and type of apples.
  • Remove from the oven and serve each apple with a drizzle of almond milk on top.