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Breakfast Quinoa with Caramelized Bananas and Almond Butter
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Breakfast Quinoa with Caramelized Bananas and Almond Butter

Quinoa is a great substitute for many types of rice and pasta because it boasts so many great health benefits: It’s naturally gluten-free, extremely high in fiber and helps control blood sugar.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: chef it up, oatmeal, quinoa
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened plain almond milk or cashew milk, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus pinch of salt, divided
  • 1 (3" [7.5-cm]) cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced into 1" (3-cm) rounds
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans


  • In a medium pot over high heat, combine the quinoa, 1½ cups (360 ml) of the almond milk, ⅛ teaspoon of the salt and the cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and bring the quinoa to a simmer. Cook the quinoa for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the almond milk is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  • Add the brown sugar, ground cinnamon and maple syrup. Stir to combine the ingredients, then stir in the remaining ¼ cup (60 ml) of the almond milk. Set the quinoa aside.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt the oil. Add the bananas and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until each side is golden brown and caramelized. Remove the bananas from the skillet and sprinkle them with the remaining pinch of salt.
  • Divide the quinoa among four bowls. Top each serving with the caramelized bananas, blueberries, almond butter and pecans.


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Reprinted with permission from The Healthy Swaps Cookbook by Danielle Davis, Page Street Publishing Co. 2021.