Thursday, January 6, 2011

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast

I've been getting lazy with trying new things for breakfasts lately and Luc definitely seems as though he's getting bored with the same old repertoire. I had made him a quinoa dish with apple for breakfast before and he liked it but it was quite labour intensive and frankly, lately I don't have the time. This is a adaptation of a recipe from Smart Breakfasts by Jane Kinderlehrer and it's quick, tasty, and healthy -- my three favourite cooking adjectives! You can make this for babies over 8 months by peeling the apple and pureeing the whole thing, adding breast milk or formula to thin if necessary.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast

- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained (or buy pre-rinsed to make it really quick to throw together)
- 2 cups water
- 1 apple, unpeeled and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

In a medium saucepan, add the quinoa and the water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add apple, raisins, and cinnamon and simmer about 10 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. 

5  toddler servings
Variation: chopped pear and cardamom


  1. This morning's variation: mashed banana and vanilla extract. Thank you for the inspiration! Boris says thumbs up.

  2. I'm going to try that combo next time; banana and vanilla is always a hit around here too. Glad to hear that Boris liked it!

  3. Great blog!! We love quinoa here too. Happy to see all this real food making it's way into your toddler. YUM! Keep up the good work ;)

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  4. Thanks Denise! We've been quite successful at getting more whole grains in our diet, and quinoa is definitely a favourite one


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