Cocoa-Almond Baked Breakfast Quinoa

The superfood quinoa takes centre stage in this scrumptious recipe

Nutrient-packed quinoa, hemp seeds and hemp milk add protein, fiber and essential fatty acids to your morning. Whip up over the weekend, and then enjoy for breakfast during the week.

Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS

1 cup quinoa
1 ½ cup unsweetened hemp milk, soy milk or almond milk
1 cup pitted dates (about 5 ounces)
½ cup hulled hemp seeds
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
¾ cup almond meal, divided

METHOD

Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve until water runs clear; drain and transfer to a medium pot. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until water is absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside off the heat for 5 minutes; uncover and fluff with a fork.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. In a blender, purée hemp milk, dates, seeds, applesauce, cocoa and salt. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in quinoa and ½ cup almond meal. Transfer to prepared pan, scatter remaining ¼ cup almond meal over the top and bake until firmly set, about 1 hour.

Set aside to let cool for 1 hour, and then carefully run a paring knife around the pan to loosen the edges. Turn out onto a flat surface, remove parchment paper, cut into squares and serve.

To freeze, wrap individual squares tightly and store in the freezer. Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave.

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