Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake

Quinoa is not just for savory dishes.  It can be used in many sweet recipes such as this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake.  Even those this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake closely resembles muffins, I decided they were a little too soft to call them muffins.  These almost remind me of my baked oatmeal recipes.  This is the kind of breakfast you eat with a fork more than your hand.  If you like baked oatmeal, but do not tolerate oats well, this is the perfect alternative.  Not only is this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake tasty, it also has no added sugars!  I sweetened mine with dates, apples and applesauce.

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake - My Whole Food Life

This Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bake is vegan and gluten free.  I made mine into jumbo sized muffins, but you can probably bake the whole thing in a pan as well.  You may have to adjust the cooking time though.  This would make a great weekend breakfast.  Your house will smell amazing as it cooks too!

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Time for another pumpkin recipe!  This time it’s pumpkin pie energy bites.  I already have a no bake pumpkin cookie recipe on my blog, but I wanted to create another one that would be great pre or post workouts.  These energy bites are packed with protein.  While these pumpkin pie energy bites are gluten free, they are not grain free.  If you wanted a grain free option for energy bites, you could probably just use nuts instead of oats.

pumpkin pie energy bites

You can make up these healthy energy bites in just a matter of minutes.  They also have no sugar added.  They are only sweetened with dates and cranberries.  I found cranberries at Natural Grocers that were sweetened with apples vs most cranberries that are sweetened with processed sugar.   I bet these energy bites would be great to put into your kiddos lunch boxes since they are nut free. :)

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Smoothies are great for taking your breakfasts on the go.  This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is perfect for that.  I added chia seeds and quinoa flakes to it, so there is good protein and fiber which should keep you full for a long time after.  Did you know that quinoa is actually a complete plant based protein?  That is why I love adding the flakes to my smoothies.  Another breakfast that is great for on the go is overnight oats.  If you haven’t given them a try, I highly suggest you do.   This strawberry shortcake smoothie is vegan and gluten free.  I hope you enjoy it.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie - My Whole Food Life

I have been buying up all the strawberries since they have been in season.   Then I freeze them so I can enjoy berries all year long.  I cannot justify the price of berries out of season.  Way too much for me.  That is why I stock up and freeze.  If you like smoothies, you may also like this and this.

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