Quinoa breakfast fruit and seed loaf

Ingredients

2 cups cooked quinoa (see below)

1 cups soy milk/skim milk/ricemilk

1 cup wholemeal spelt flour

1 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, pepitas, sesame, linseeds)

1 cup any combination of dried fruit (currants, sultanas, dried apricots)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 granny smith apple grated

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup of walnuts roughly choppded

1 egg

2 teaspoons baking powder

Method

Soak cooked quinoa, seeds and dried fruit in soymilk/milk/ricemilk for 1-2 hours. Then add sifted flour, baking powder and cinnamon and stir to combine. Add grated apple, egg and walnuts. Put in lined loaf tin. Bake in 180 degrees oven for 1 hour.

To cook quinoa, rinse 1 cup of quinoa under water, then put in saucepan with 2 cups of water, with the lid on. Bring to boil and simmer (absorption method) until water absorbed (about 10 minutes).

Nutritional Value

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our food choices at breakfast influence what we may crave to eat for the rest of the day. Eating breakfast is also important for helping to boost the metabolism. Many people still skip this meal; running around looking after other family members, sacrificing breakfast for extra sleep, or simply because time limits for preparation.

This recipe was developed to encompass all the ingredients of a wholesome muesli but enriched with a high protein “cereal” quinoa (quinoa is a pseudo cereal and is actually a seed), created into a convenient moist loaf with no added sugar- oh and it is tasty.

The seeds are excellent sources of soluble fibre and essential fatty acids; the walnuts a source of omega 3 fatty acids; the dried fruit and apple provide natural sweetness and the coconut just adds to the lovely taste.

This breakfast loaf is higher in protein than the average bowl of cereal. Currants (or dried apricots) are the recommended dried fruits in this loaf as they are the lowest GI (glycaemic index) dried fruits.

I have often made this loaf for new mothers, as breakfast can sometimes be neglected as mum attends to the demands of a newborn. A slice or two taken from the freezer and toasted can keep mum going until the next break.

This loaf is also great for people on the run as it can be taken to work. I have often had a couple of slices while waiting at the airport for a morning departure, and my two year old daughter enjoys it as well.