Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast CupsThis post is possessed! It published itself yesterday, then deleted itself, then rescheduled itself to be posted in 2015. What the what?? Let’s try this again…

Normally, when bananas are about to go bad, I’ll peel them, slice ‘em up, and put them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer to use in smoothies. But lately my smoothie fuel bag has turned into bags, and I needed to find another way to prevent my browning bananas from going to waste. Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

These quinoa breakfast cups are delicious and filling—each one is dense, so it only takes one (or, ok, maybe two) to satisfy morning hunger. You can eat them like a muffin, or break one up in a little bit of warm almond milk and eat it like oatmeal (I did this one morning and loved it!).Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

Yield: 12

Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

Ingredients

  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1 banana for slicing
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (about ½ cup dry)
  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin (I use olive oil).
  2. Cook the quinoa. Bring ¾ up water to a boil, pour in ½ cup dry quinoa, reduce to a simmer until fluffy—about 12 minutes.
  3. Mix applesauce, mashed banana, almond milk, honey and vanilla in a bowl.
  4. Mix dry ingredients (quinoa, oats, cinnamon) in a separate bowl. Slowly stir the wet into the dry until fully combined.
  5. Peel core and chop up an apple. Mix the apple chunks into the bowl.
  6. Fill each of the muffin cups to the top with the quinoa mixture. Add a banana slice or two to the top of each.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy one warm!

Notes

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat leftovers in the microwave before eating. You can also add some crushed pecans or walnuts to these--experiment!

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/02/11/apple-banana-quinoa-breakfast-cups/

Make a batch and eat them all week for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. They’re definitely best warm, but can also be eaten cold on the go. :) Apple Banana Quinoa Breakfast Cups

What’s your favorite way to use over-ripe bananas?

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Tropical Green Acai Bowl

Tropical Green Acai BowlThe temperature in Boston is finally out of the single digits and teens! We’ve been steadily in the high 30’s the last few days (even dipped into the FIFTIES on Sunday), and so as far as I’m concerned, it’s time for some tropical-inspired food. Just go with it…

Tropical Green Acai Bowl

Tropical Green Acai Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Tropical Green Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed kale (stems removed)
  • 1 frozen pack acai (I use Sambazon’s unsweetened smoothie packs)
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 heaping cup pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup granola (I used Nature’s Path Coconut Chia)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp spirulina powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend together the kale, acai, cocnut milk, ½ the banana, pineapple (save a few chunks for topping), hemp seeds and spirulina.
  2. Transfer from blender into a bowl. Top with the remaining ½ banana (sliced), pineapple chunks and granola. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/02/03/tropical-green-acai-bowl/

Tropical Green Acai BowlI ate this for breakfast the other day and loved it! I like making green acai bowls because when they’re 100% fruit-based, I sometimes find them too sweet. I’ve been adding a little bit of spirulina powder to all my green smoothies and acai bowls lately because it’s packed with iron and protein and, as an added bonus, turns everything a brilliant shade of green. That comes in particularly handy when you’re constantly taking pictures of your food… :)

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Cinnamon Peach Breakfast Quinoa

Cinnamon Peach Breakfast Quinoa

Remember when I told you all yesterday that I’d be posting another workout today? Well, I lied.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a little sneak peak of this recipe—and let me tell you, it’s not just my filter choice making it look good. This cinnamon peach breakfast quinoa is delicious!

Typically I like to start my mornings light, consuming mostly just fruits and veggies. I’ll make myself a juice, and then 20 minutes later (or whenever I’m hungry), I’ll have a smoothie or acai bowl as my breakfast. But some mornings, you just need something a little heartier, am I right or amiright??

Cinnamon Peach Breakfast QuinoaI found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Skinnytaste, and modified it slightly, subbing in peaches and almond milk. So good! Think of it as a way better version of oatmeal (both nutritionally and texturally, in my opinion).

Cinnamon Peach Breakfast Quinoa

Yield: 1 batch

Serving Size: 1/2 batch

Cinnamon Peach Breakfast Quinoa

A hearty, nutritious breakfast of quinoa, applesauce and peaches.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/8 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 peach, chopped
  • 1/8 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring quinoa, water, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer for about 10-12 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked.
  2. Stir in the applesauce, raisins and milk.
  3. Top with peaches, pecans and a dash of cinnamon.

Notes

If you're making a big batch ahead of time to eat throughout the week, only stir in the applesauce and raisins before storing. Add the milk, peaches and pecans when ready to serve.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2013/09/19/cinnamon-peach-breakfast-quinoa/

I loved the peach modification, but as soon as I spot Honey Crisps in the grocery store (I mean, are they not the Beyonce of apples, or what??), I’m going to try the original Skinnytaste version as well.

Cinnamon Peach Breakfast Quinoa Cinnamon Peach Breakfast Quinoa

Before I sign off for today, I wanted to let all you New Englanders know about the Newport Wine & Food Festival that’s taking place this weekend. I’m going to be attending Saturday’s Grand Tasting and can’t wait! I mean…wine, delicious food, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, wine, the historic Newport mansions, an ocean view, wine—it’s going to be awesome. I have a media pass for the event, so I’ll be sharing the inside scoop and all my pics on the blog next week, but if you’re looking for a fun way to spend the weekend, you should come, too! Tickets can be purchased here.

Do you guys follow Gina at Skinnytaste, too? What are some of your favorite food blogs?

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