Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites :-)

I was bopping around on Pinterest the other day (as I often do) and saw a pin for apple cinnamon quinoa bites.  Intrigued,  I decided I had to try it. After all, I love quinoa, I love cinnamon, and I love apples – this has to be a good idea. At work, we had an office party on Thursday.  I figured, what better time to try them out?  So I baked up a batch (actually I tripled the recipe, so it was three batches).  These were SO EASY.

Bite sized things are just super adorable.

Bite sized things are just super adorable.

The original recipe came from this blog: And They Cooked Happily Ever After.  I pretty much just changed the quantity of the ingredients, and also used egg whites instead of whole eggs.

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked quinoa
3 cups instant oats
1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3 Tbsp maple syrup (Agave would probably work fine too)
2 apples, diced
about 1/2 cup of egg whites

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.  Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick spray. Or, you can do like me and mix it up – mini muffin tins and regular muffin tins (I find it easier to take the bigger sized “bites” for breakfasts).
2. In a big mixing bowl, mix together the quinoa and the oats.
3. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together the spices and sugars. Then, add this into the quinoa and oat mixture and give it a good mix.
4. Add in the rest of the ingredients and then stir until the egg white is distributed evenly throughout the mixture.
5. Distribute mixture into the muffin tins and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes for smaller bites, and 20 minutes for the full size “bites”.

There you have it – enjoy!

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These were great right out of the oven, but also great for popping in the microwave for 30 seconds to eat for a fast and hearty breakfast before work.

These are dense little bites, full of nutrition.  The quinoa and oats provide a great source of protein and fiber to keep you full until lunch.

 

Also, I recently made Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites for the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, because let’s face it – a super bowl party isn’t a super bowl party without something buffalo chicken flavored.

Tasty and spicy!

Tasty and spicy!

The basic recipe for these bites can be found here: So Very Blessed – Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.

Substitutions/Changes I made included:

Using reduced fat mozzarella cheese
Using egg whites instead of whole eggs
Doubled the amount of onion
Used Chipotle Spiced Panko Breadcrumbs instead of regular

I feel like these would also be good with celery in them, but haven’t tried it yet. If you do try a variation on these, or any other quinoa bites, let me know – I am always looking for more bite sized variations 🙂

 

 

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LIttle Nelson had a very serious spinal surgery on Wednesday of last week. We just got him back on Friday.  So far he cannot move his back legs at all.  He is very scared and upset.  Please keep him in your thoughts/prayers for a safe recovery.  The vet said it’s going to be a very long process – complete recovery will take about a year, and we have to keep him confined from the other dogs and as immobile as possible for at least 4-8 weeks. I’ll keep you all updated as he begins to recover.

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