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Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

 

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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.

 

Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

 

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

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.


Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

 

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 tbsp 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 tbsp 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).

 

Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

 

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.

 

Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

 

Enjoy on a cold winter morning, pack as a cold lunch for work, as a healthy dessert. Whatever you want!

 

Healthy Breakfast Food

 

 

Let me know if you have any questions or feedback, I love hearing from you! Either in the comment section below, or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

 

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Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

Date Caramel Macchiato Breakfast Quinoa

Yield: 1 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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.

Ingredients

Coffee Quinoa

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, 43g
  • 1/2 cup coffee, 125ml

Date Caramel, makes 1 cup

  • 18 dates, pitted and quarted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6-8 tbsp almond milk, or milk of choice

Date Milk

  • 125 ml almond milk, or milk of choice. 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp date caramel, see above

Power Boost Toppings

  • 1 tbsp almonds
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower seeds
  • more date caramel, see above. optional

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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 tbsp at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. I like it pretty thick.
  3. Date milk: Pour milk, vanilla and 1 tbsp 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).
  4. 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 15.4gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 643mgCarbohydrates: 42.1gFiber: 5gSugar: 11.2gProtein: 16.8g

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Chef Mireille

Friday 28th of September 2018

dates are a great way of adding natural sweetness and this is such a healthy way to start the day

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Sunday 30th of September 2018

Yes, I agree! Thank you so much

Stephanie Simmons

Wednesday 26th of September 2018

This looks so delicious - and what a creative recipe! I never know what to have for breakfast, so this looks perfect!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Thursday 27th of September 2018

Thank you so much, dear Stephanie! Hope you give this one a try :)

Adriana Lopez Martin

Tuesday 25th of September 2018

This is a lovely way to start the day, a Soothing mix of flavors and textures. I enjoy dates and almonds and then paired with quinoa makes it a very good and healthy option too. I will your suggestion instead of oatmeal tomorrow.

April

Monday 24th of September 2018

I am ready for breakfast! This looks so amazing! I always have oatmeal for breakfast but I think I may have to try out your recipe. It sounds delicious and your pictures are so welcoming!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 24th of September 2018

Thank you so much, April! I know all about eating the same over and over again for breakfast, difficult to change up the routine! But it's good to do so once in a while. :)

Shernell P Cooke

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

I love seeing a dish that's made with so many healthy ingredients. Nicely done.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 24th of September 2018

Thank you so much!

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