This Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa is a power boost for your body and hair. It's gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan, yet it's very protein rich, creamy and delicious. It doesn't take as long as overnight oats, only the cook time of the quinoa, and you'd be ready to dig in and feel your body thanking you!
Over the years I've seen quinoa been used as a breakfast bowl, such as oats and cereal. And I wanted to give this a try, but I never did. And I had this strong craving about a caramel macchiato, but I wanted to do it a little differently. Why couldn't I combine the two? If it tasted horrible, no one would know, and I could continue eating whole wheat bread rolls for breakfast. But those aren't gluten free, I'm sorry to say.
So I tried, and I succeeded. Date caramel is perfect in this, as it is sweet, but just made of dates so it's refined sugar free. Yes, it is still sugar, and you can omit it if you wish, but then the caramel in the macchiato is lost. This date caramel macchiato breakfast quinoa is a healthier way of getting your caramel fix, and I have to say - I'm hooked! I have so many new recipes using this date caramel now, I'm excited to share them all with you.
Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa
Begin with cooking the quinoa in coffee. Brew coffee and pour into a saucepan along with rinsed quinoa. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Then remove the quinoa from the heat and let it rest, still covered, for 5 more minutes. Pour the cooked coffee quinoa into a serving bowl.
Meanwhile we'll make the date caramel. Pour 18 pitted and quarted dates into a food processor. Add in salt, vanilla and almond milk (or any milk of choice). Process until creamy. Add in more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. I stopped at pretty thick.
Then we'll make the date milk. Pour milk, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the date caramel into a small saucepan. Heat up, but not boil. Pour this warm date milk over the cooked coffee quinoa (as much as you want).
Then add the healthy power boost toppings. I had almonds, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds. All are really good for you and super easy to get down in this delicious date caramel macchiato breakfast quinoa. I also loved dolloping more of the date caramel on top, because hello, it's caramel.
Enjoy on a cold winter morning, pack as a cold lunch for work, as a healthy dessert. Whatever you want!
Healthy Breakfast Food
- Chives and Cheese Scrambled Eggs
- Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats
- Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Whole Wheat Bread Rolls
- Healthy Banana Pancakes
- Healthy Spiced Pumpkin Soufflé with Maple Pecans and Cream Cheese
- Protein Chocolate Chia Pudding
- Energizing Green Grape and Avocado Smoothie
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