Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait

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When I see honey crisp apples at the store, I quietly squeak with excitement.  You know, honey crisp are my favorite apples!  Most (80%) of honey crisps' in So Cal are produced purely for juicing.  Sad, right??  Not now, I found another new breed of apple that became commercially available this year...Lady Alice Apples.  

Be still my heart!  
These wonderful apples are like a fine wine... they get richer and more robust with age.  It's no secret my family are suckers for anything caramelized, especially caramelized fruits!  Slow cooking fruits really brings out the natural sweetness and flavors.  


Quinoa is usually thought of a savory dish ingredient, although I've been wanting to experiment with the sweeter side of the ancient grain.  Since my girls have a hard time eating anything that is relatively healthy, I thought to incorporate quinoa into a healthy yet tasty breakfast treat. 


Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfait 
Yields 4 small parfait cups
Recipe created by Epicurean Mom

For Oat Crumble:
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Evenly spread on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 7-10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

For Cinnamon Apple Compote:
4-5 apples (preferably lady alice), peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water, or more if necessary

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients, mixing well.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.  Partially cover and cook until apples are softened and liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes.  Add more water if needed in the cooking process.  Take off heat and let cool completely.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  

For Quinoa:
Cook 1 cup quinoa according to package directions.  Once cooked, add 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, mix well.  Set aside to cool.

For Yogurt:
2 cups non-fat vanilla, greek yogurt (I used Chobani) 

Assembly:
Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt in bottom of glass, 1/4 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup cinnamon apple parfait.  Repeat the layering and top with oat crumble.  Repeat with remaining glasses.  

If making a dessert parfait, top with fresh whipped cream.

31 comments:

  1. Katie, I am trying this as soon as I walk in the door at home. I love crumbles and the quinoa is brilliant. This sounds amazing!

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  2. I ditto what Cassie said, this is brilliant! I cannot wait to try this! Fabulous recipe and beautiful photos!

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  3. I'm pretty much in awe, over these photos!!! I'd give anything to have this for breakfast this morning!!

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  4. Love that you used quinoa, and anything with caramelized apples is delish!

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  5. Such a pretty parfait! This looks delicious, and I love that you layered it with apples and oat crumble. Wonderful recipe!

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  6. Katie I am drooling- this sounds healthy and absolutely delicious! Havea great weekend!

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  7. Yum! So pretty! I'm such a quinoa addict - I'll definitely be making this easy dish!

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  8. So pretty, as always :) Honeycrisp are my favorite apples too, but I'll definitely be watching for lady alice now too, since the season for honeycrisp is so short(at least here!).

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  9. This's so tempting! I'm having a great time checking out your recipes. Your cheese-cakes are to die-for!!

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  10. This looks absolutely divine Katie! I love anything caramelised too. I've been using quinoa in some sweet dishes and it's surprising how well it works. Sort of makes me feel a little better about indulging too ;) Stunning photos, as always.

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  11. Amazing photos :) this looks so yummy and healthy all at the same time ~ I've never made anything with Quinoa but i do agree its a healthier option.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I'm new to cooking with quinoa, but this looks amazing. I had no idea you could make it for breakfast/dessert like meal! Your photos are gorgeous!

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  13. Just made a half batch of this and it turned out beautifully! I used stevia instead of sugar and was worried the apple compote would not get as nice and syrupy as yours - but it did! I also added some dark brown sugar and honey to the quinoa to give it a golden flavor. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it kendra!!Love your additions! :)

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  14. so tempting and delicious looking! Your parfaits are wonderful. I'm drooling now...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  15. These look great! I made pumpkin-quinoa parfaits but cinnamon apple sounds awesome too, will definitely give it a try next time :)

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  16. These look delightful and what a great way to utilize quinoa...lovely!

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  17. I'm not a quinoa fan but these are absolutely beautiful. And I love those glasses! Do they have a special name or are they just "dessert glasses"? Maybe glasses is the wrong word.

    I've been struggling with glass glare lately and I'm in awe of what I see here. :)

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  18. Be still my heart is right, this sounds really beautiful!!! I love quinoa in anything, it is so gorgeous:-)Hugs, Terra

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  19. Hi, lovely post! Do you know how many grams of fibre is in the recipe?

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    1. Hi Olivia- Thanks so much! :) No, I'm sorry I don't know exact nutrition facts. I believe there are sites that will calculate the nutrition facts for you. :)

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  20. Gorgeous breakfast! We do bananas foster with streusel topping at my house, but I know my kids would love this too. Cant wait to try it!

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  21. This sounds sooo good! Found your blog through Pinterest. I can't wait to read more!

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  22. These look great! I love quinoa and can't wait to make your recipe. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  23. Do you know if you can freeze these?

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  24. Wonder how the quinoa would taste if the water was replaced with apple juice or any other kind of juice? I just had oatmeal at Trader Joe's that they cooked with cherry cider instead of water.

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