Creamy Quinoa Apple Crunch
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This is a light, healthy dessert that can be ready to serve in about 25 minutes. The best part is, this dish could actually be eaten for breakfast without feeling guilty!
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed & drained if not pre-rinsed)
  • 2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 ounces spreadable cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. In a medium size saucepan, combine the quinoa, apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Over a medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low, and place the lid on. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
  3. When the quinoa has cooked for about 10 minutes, add the chopped apple to the pot, and give it a quick stir. Put the lid on until the quinoa is finished cooking.
  4. Transfer quinoa mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cream cheese, 3 Tbsp. of the pecans, lemon zest and maple syrup.
  5. Divide quinoa mixture between 4 serving bowls, and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chopped pecans, and caramel sauce. Serve hot.
  6. Leftovers can be eaten cold the next morning for breakfast as well.
Recipe by Faithfully Gluten Free at