For the past month and a half, I’ve been attempting to reduce the quantity of wheat and other grains in my diet. I used to be able to eat starchy carbohydrates without gaining weight or suffering tummy discomfort. Not so much, these days.
I spent three weeks carefully following the principles of the paleo diet and have since decided that what works best for my body is a diet primarily based on fruits, vegetables and lean protein (both animal and plant-based), with a little grain thrown in for blood sugar stabilization (and overall mood enhancement!).
Because I like to bake (and enjoy eating the fruits of my labours!), I’ve been experimenting with non-wheat flours and flour substitutes, including almond and coconut flour and cooking with quinoa flakes. (Late to the quinoa party? Read this article for lots of great info about quinoa and its health benefits)
Now you probably know that quinoa makes a great alternative to your morning oats. But whole quinoa takes a while to cook. Time that I just don’t have weekday mornings. Instead, I’ve started cooking with quinoa flakes.
Quinoa flakes and pumpkin ‘oatmeal’
- 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp dried cranberries
- pure maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp chopped nuts (I like pecan best with this recipe)
- Combine quinoa flakes, cinnamon and almond milk in a heavy saucepan.
- Heat over medium-high until mixture comes to a boil.
- Reduce heat and stir until liquid is absorbed (3-4 minutes)
- Add pumpkin, flax seed and dried cranberries, stirring until pumpkin is warm.
- Top with maple syrup and nuts.
Need more great ideas for cooking with quinoa flakes? Check out Pinterest. I found a fabulous recipe for grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies made with quinoa flakes, nut butter and almond flour; perfect for a mid-afternoon snack! Because there are no chocolate chips in my pantry (trigger food alert), I turned them into Peanut Butter Cranberry cookies.
I’m linking this post up with some other ‘Pinteresting recipes’ over at The Splattered Apron. To see some other recently ‘test-driven’ Pinterest recipes, click on the link below.
Do you enjoy cooking with quinoa flakes?
What’s your favourite quinoa recipe?
Addicted to Pinterest like me?