Cocoa-Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa

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Cocoa-Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa

Cocoa-almond baked breakfast quinoa is a wholesome and flavorful way to start your day. This recipe combines cooked quinoa with cocoa, almond milk, and other tasty ingredients to create a nutritious and satisfying breakfast dish. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (optional, for garnish)
  • Fresh berries or sliced bananas (optional, for topping)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 350Β°F (175Β°C). Grease a baking dish or casserole dish (8Γ—8 inches or similar size) with cooking spray or butter.
  1. Cook the Quinoa:
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed quinoa and almond milk. Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. It should be tender but not mushy.
  1. Prepare the Cocoa-Almond Mixture:
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup (or honey), vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt until you have a smooth mixture.
  1. Combine the Quinoa and Cocoa-Almond Mixture:
  • Once the quinoa is cooked, remove it from heat and fluff it with a fork. Pour the cocoa-almond mixture over the cooked quinoa and stir until everything is well combined.
  1. Transfer to Baking Dish:
  • Pour the quinoa mixture into the greased baking dish and spread it evenly.
  1. Bake:
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the top is set and the edges are slightly golden.
  1. Garnish and Serve:
  • Remove the cocoa-almond baked breakfast quinoa from the oven. You can garnish it with sliced almonds and fresh berries or sliced bananas if desired.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Serve warm and enjoy your delicious and nutritious breakfast quinoa!

This cocoa-almond baked breakfast quinoa is a great alternative to traditional oatmeal or cereal. It’s rich, chocolaty, and can be customized with your favorite toppings and additions like chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or a dollop of Greek yogurt. Enjoy a warm and satisfying breakfast to start your day right!