Yoda's Apple Pie Quinoa

This Apple Pie Quinoa is a staple for the cooler weather and is a great way to use local apples!

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit down (on Zoom!) with Nicole and talk about… well… we talked about basically everything! You can listen to the full conversation where we wax nostalgic about our childhood memories including scalloped potatoes and cabbage rolls. You can also hear me rave about traveling to Prince Edward Island, get a crash course on the Duolingo app and listen to us giggle over all things Vitamix. As I said… we covered a lot ;)

Once we got into the episode, we talked a little about how much our memories (both good and bad) can be linked to food. I talk openly to Nicole about something I have never spoken publicly about - Hint: it involves me panicking whenever someone asks me if I am a vegan or not. 

To wrap up this powerful episode that is full of laughs and deep conversation, we fiiiinally got into talking about something we are both passionate about… meal prep! I give some hints and tricks that I use to maintain a healthy lifestyle while incorporating meal prep into my routine… and now I want to share one of the recipes I hinted at with all of you!

This recipe uses quinoa – which is typically a savoury ingredient – and combines the flavours of apple pie to create a protein-packed, powerhouse breakfast! I love eating this dish year round, but it is especially good in the fall when apples are in season. You can of course switch up the spices and fruit in this recipe with anything you like and feel free to play around with different grains too!

I love this recipe because it is easy to make, super healthy and filling… but my favourite part about this recipe is how GOOD it smells when it is cooking. Wafts of cinnamon, apples and toasty nuts flows through my kitchen and reminds me of going to visit my Omi on Sundays and how her house always seemed to smell like pie. I hope this recipe provides you with some of the same nostalgia <3 

Apple Pie Quinoa (makes enough for 4 portions)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and diced (or grated)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tsp cinnamon)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts or a combo)
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts (optional)
  • 1 tsp flax seeds, whole or ground (optional)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds, whole or ground (optional)
  • 2-4 tbsp plant based milk

Method: 

  1. You can make this very easily in the rice cooker. If you rice cooker has an automatic shut off, you can even cook it overnight so it is ready for you in the morning.  Either in the rice cooker, or in a small pot, combine the quinoa, oats, water, maple syrup, brown sugar, diced apple and cinnamon stick.
  2. If cooking in a pot, bring to a boil and stir. Turn down to low heat and put a lid on the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes. Once all the water is absorbed, turn the heat off and let cool in the pot
  3. Before serving, stir in nuts and seeds and add a splash of plant based milk to thin out to desired consistency. 
  4. Store any leftovers in tupperwares in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or a small pan, or eat chilled!

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