Remember all that quinoa I cooked over the weekend? I put it to good use. “Very good use” said my 15 month old. Well, he didn’t really say that. But he gobbled down this Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait in record time after his nap. Rest assured quinoa, yogurt, and apple ended up on the floor. But he tried and ate some nonetheless. The best part about this quinoa parfait is that you can mix and match the fruit + yogurt pairing with any fruit and yogurt you have on hand! Dare I say another no recipe meal idea?!
Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits for ENERGY!
I’m always looking for meal inspiration in the quick and healthy department. Specifically when it comes to breakfasts and snacks. Why? Breakfast and snack time seem to be the most energizing food eating periods of my son’s day. And even though I’m not a eat-breakfast-everyday person, when I do it noticeably energizes me as well! And this recipe does not disappoint in the energy department: there’s plenty of protein in the yogurt + quinoa, carbohydrate in all of the main ingredients, and healthy fats in the quinoa and yogurt. Not to mention all the vitamins and minerals…
I also should mention that this recipe tastes just as good if you’re using granola instead of quinoa. But I challenge you to step outside of your tastebuds comfort zone and try something new! Plus, quinoa more often than not will have more protein that granola. How about them apples?
- 2 cups of quinoa, cooked
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 cups of vanilla nonfat yogurt
- 2 medium sized apple, cubed
- Mix the quinoa, honey, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Assemble the parfaits by layering a ¼ cup of yogurt, ¼ cup of quinoa, and a ¼ cup of apple in a bowl. Repeat layers.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving [optional].
If you were to make this quinoa parfait at home, what flavor combinations would you choose?