Quinoa Flakes and Play Dates

by on April 9, 2011

Hi friends. I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend! The weather today is chilly and overcast here in VA but luckily, that hasn’t put a damper on my weekend.

This morning’s breakfast was fabulous! I’ve been a big fan of quinoa flakes (and quinoa) for quite some time now so when I saw this Quinoa Flake Bake recipe on FitSugar I knew I needed to try it.

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The recipe was posted by Leanne of Healthful Pursuit and if you haven’t had a chance to check out her blog, I’d highly recommend it. She has some amazing recipes and beautiful photos.

After I spotted this recipe I realized I didn’t have any apple sauce on hand. No problemo! I just changed things up a bit and made a banana quinoa flake bake with a few different ingredients.

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PS – How cute are this mini bananas? Random fact – I’m a sucker for all things miniature.

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Banana Quinoa Flake Bake

Inspired by the Healthful Pursuit’s 5 Minute Apple Quinoa Flake Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes (I used Ancient Harvest)
  • 1/2 banana, sliced (or 1 mini banana)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 T plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 T of chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 drops of liquid stevia

Preparation:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until everything is well incorporated.
  2. Prepare a microwave safe bowl with non-stick spray (or use coconut oil to coat the bowl).
  3. Place the mixture into the prepared bowl and use a spoon to even out the top.
  4. Put the dish in the microwave and cook for about 3 1/2 minutes. It’s done once it rises and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Eat it straight from the bowl or let it rest for 1 minute before turning it over on to serving bowl or plate.
  6. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

I spread on some almond butter and sprinkled chia seeds and blueberries on top. Then I added a splash of maple syrup, which was a great addition. The whole time I felt like I was a eating a thick and fluffy pancake!

Overall, I think the quinoa flake bake is a a great breakfast option – it’s quick, packed with protein and easy to change up the flavors and toppings so you won’t get bored. The real testament – it kept me full for over 4 hours!


In other news, last night was a blast. Isaac was out of town (picking up his new car!!) so Olive and I had girl’s night.

A friend of mine brought over Bear, who looks like she could be Olive’s sister. <– Especially if Olive hadn’t got her hair cut this week!

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They had an amazing time playing together while Elle and I whipped up an easy dinner.

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On the menu: baked halibut marinated in a local mango keylime sauce and topped with fresh mango and cilantro along with a side of brown rice and broccoli. Yum!

Wa ate, chatted, laughed at Mod Fam and Youtube videos while the dogs romped around and played tug-a-war.

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Once we got bored with that we went and got Sweet Frog. I’m telling you, living 1 block from a fro yo place is dangerous. :) T’was a grand Friday evening!

Now it’s time to check out Isaac’s new ride and get ready for dinner.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Sana April 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

All fro-yo is dangerous!!

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Kaite @ Nourishing Flourishing April 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I will definitely be trying a quinoa flake bake after seeing this! It looks like a fluffy pancake…mmm :) Have a lovely weekend.

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Lauren April 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

The bake looks fabulous!! I use to buy the mini bananas all the time but then I realized that they taste different than the big ones. Maybe it’s me though?

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Eating Bird Food April 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I totally agree. They taste, heartier – almost like a plantain to me. Is that how they taste to you?

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L April 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm

sorry to butt in – but I totally agree, those babies taste different the regular bananas, more dense? I always thought I was alone on this so I am glad I read this :)

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sarah (sarah learns) April 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm

aww, olive & her little friend are too cute together! :) i WISH i lived close to a fro-yo place! i’m addicted…

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megan @ the oatmeal diaries April 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Ooh! Saving this recipe!!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Chia seeds sprinkled on top is such a great idea. I’ll have to try that next time I make it [which will probably be tomorrow, I love those bakes so much!] Thanks for the mention, and the kind words :) Olive has to be one of the cutest dogs ever!

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Eating Bird Food April 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

Thank you for the recipe inspiration!!

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Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

GAH, I think I mentioned to you that I’m still thinking about sweet frog from when I visited VA last month!

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BroccoliHut April 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love all things miniature too–perhaps that’s why I find fun size Halloween candy so irresistible?

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Eating Bird Food April 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

That’s how I feel about travel size products. :)

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Mimi (Gingersnaps) April 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

Gaaah, I keep seeing these quinoa flakes but I’m not in the country to try them out!

By the way, I started reading your blog after Lynn @ The Actors Diet posted about your coconut protein balls. Would using a mix of coconut oil and shredded coconut work in place of coconut butter? These Brits haven’t discovered it yet, even though I’ve seen some at exclusive trade shows.

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Eating Bird Food April 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

Hi Mimi. I’m not 100% sure if that substitution would work, but it doesn’t hurt to try it. :) Let me know if you do!

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Casey April 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Oh, I do love Sweet Frog. And puppy play dates. Sounds like a perfect evening.

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Yummy breakfast bake!! I wish I had quinoa flakes, I only have the actual grains :(

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Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) April 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

omg that quinoa flake bake looks soooo awesome!!!

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Lisa @ Early Morning Run April 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm

This breakfast bake sounds so delicious/easy! I love quinoa but have never had quinoa flour. I imagine Whole Foods sells it? Thanks for the recipe, I definitely have to give it a try.

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Eating Bird Food April 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Yup, Whole Foods definitely has the quinoa flakes! I hope you like the bake.

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Natalia - a side of simple April 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

I saw that same quinoa flake bake recipe last night! Bad idea to go on Fitsugar right before you get into bed. I was thinking about it all night and wished I had some quinoa flakes to replicate it this morning! Mission today: buy quinoa flakes!

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kate@ahealthypassion April 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

added quinoa flakes to my shopping list thanks for posting :)

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francesca @ oral hcg April 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

Wow, I am interested in trying out quinoa :D Your Banana Quinoa Flake Bake looks really delicious I am drooling right now, :D Anyway, Olive and Bear are sooo cute!

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Stacy October 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

I made this today and it was yummy! Do you know if you can make it without the yogurt? I always have the other ingredients, but I’m the only one who eats Greek yogurt so I usually just buy single servings for lunch. Today I used a Tbsp from the one I plan on eating later but it would be easier to just omit it. Wondering if it would change the consistency.

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