Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

Again another new recipe with Quinoa! This food item is becoming a staple in my house, so much that I now buy it in bulk at Costco.  I received this recipe from a friend and now I love it for my morning breakfast.  I made a huge batch and then I divided it into single serve portions.  Refrigerated what I would need for the week and individually wrapped the portion and froze them.  Now all I need to do next week is take out a portion either before I start my morning workout and it will be defrosted by the time I am ready for breakfast or place in microwave for 30 seconds and voila breakfast is served!!!!

Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

2 1/2 cups of quinoa cooked and cooled
4 eggs beaten
1/3 cup vanilla soy milk (personally I don't drink soy so I used vanilla almond milk)
1/3 cup maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line an 8 x 8 baking pan - lightly spray cooking spray onto parchment.
2.  Place the quiona in large mixing bowl.  
3.  In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined.  Add maple syrup and whisk.
4. Add egg mixture to cooked and cooled quinoa. Stir with a large spoon to combine.  Pour onto parchment lined baking pan and spread it around to ensure that it is even.
5.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until set and golden.
6. Using parchment, remove bake from pan as soon as possible so that it does not steam.
7. Cool completely and cut into squares, Serve with a dollop of nut butter or garnish with fresh fruit.  

Makes 12 bars

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