Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait


I want to start off today's post with some very exciting news! I was chosen by Google to be a Glass Explorer! Have you heard of this cutting edge technology? Google Glass is an amazing hands free way to take pictures, videos, get instant information, share what you see live, get directions, send messages etc. This is going to be so amazing because I will now easily be able to share with you all how to cook! I am so excited for this adventure and more than beyond honored to be the first to try out this amazing technology! So get ready for better pictures and videos! 

Now onto todays scrumptious food. As I have said before, my husband calls me the Quinoa Queen. I am always working with it. I wanted to try out a breakfast/dessert recipe. Success! These little parfaits are the perfect way to start your day! They also work great as a healthy dessert alternative. They curb your sweet tooth without all the calories and fat. If you are looking for something sweet that is full of protein and actually good for you, then this is the recipe for you! 

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait
Recipe adapted from Epicurean Mom

For Oat Crumble:
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons granulated sugar or 1 tsp stevia
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For Cinnamon Apples:
4 granny smith apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 TBSP sugar or 1/2 TBSP Stevia
1 cup water, or more if necessary



Start by making the apples. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Partially cover and cook until apples are softened and liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed in the cooking process. Take off heat and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
For the Oats:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Evenly spread on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

For Quinoa:
Cook 1 cup quinoa according to package directions. Once cooked, add 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, mix well. Set aside to cool.

For Yogurt:
2 cups non-fat vanilla, greek yogurt

Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt in bottom of glass.
Spoon 1/4 cup quinoa on top of the yogurt.
Spoon 1/4 cup cinnamon apples on top of the quinoa. 
 Repeat the layering and top with oat crumble. Repeat with remaining glasses.

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