Recipe: Bananutty Quinoa Bowl

By Nicolas Gomes, Assistant Actuary at EmblemHealth

This quinoa bowl is healthy, easy and great for breakfast!

Meet quinoa. Pronounced “keen-wah,” it cooks and tastes like a grain, but is gluten-free. It’s a member of the same food family as spinach, Swiss chard and beets. It’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, easy to prepare and versatile.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almonds, walnuts, or pecans, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1 banana, sliced

Directions

  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer under cold water for two minutes
  2. Cook quinoa:
    1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil
    2. Add quinoa, cover with lid
    3. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes
  3. Blend milk, vanilla, nuts and peanut butter until smooth
  4. Stir milk mixture into quinoa pot, simmer on low heat to desired consistency
  5. Serve in bowl, top with chocolate chips and banana

This recipe yields about 4 servings.

Recipe adapted from awhiskandtwowands.com.