Coconut Maple Pecan Dessert Quinoa!

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Dessert for dinner anyone? With this recipe it’s so good for you, you can eat it any time of the day! It’s super filling & tastes buttery and delicious…I could eat this again and again! It’s a great meal if you are heading out and won’t be eating again for a while because it’s loaded with fibre and protein. It’s everything we love in a dessert..sweet, creamy, warm…all packed into a perfect serving of what some may call “super food”.

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Ingredients:

-57g (about 1/3 cup) dry quinoa

-2/3 cup water

-1/4 tsp salt

-1/2 tbsp coconut oil

-dash of salt

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-1/8 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp(or more to taste) of Truvia Sweetener(My new love, tastes very similar to sugar!)(could possibly sub another sweetener)

-20g raisins (look at the picture for size reference if you don’t have a scale! It’s about 2 tbsp I think)

-5g unsweetened desiccated coconut(could sub unsweetened shredded but I love the texture of the desiccated)(about 1 tbsp if you have no scale)

-1 ounce chopped pecans (again if you don’t have a scale, about 1-2 tbsp chopped)

-1-2 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (or real maple syrup) (I recommend  Old Thyme Sugar-Free Maple Syrup)

Directions: In a small pot, combine quinoa, water and 1/4 tsp salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa absorbs all water and is fluffy. At this point, keep on the heat and stir in your additional dash of salt, coconut oil, sweetener, vanilla & cinnamon to taste. Then add in your pecans, coconut and raisins. Stir and spoon into a serving bowl. Serve hot with a drizzle of syrup (I like to keep the syrup beside me and add a little at a time as I eat, stirring to combine it.)

Enjoy!!

*Note this recipe is a new fav of mine!*

Nutrition Facts for entire recipe: 494 calories, 23g fat, 59g carbs, 9g fibre, 10g protein 

 

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Breakfast & Dinner Today

Today I had a colourful breakfast and dinner which were just as beautiful to look at as they were delicious to eat!

Breakfast..I had my usual plain greek yogurt mixed with 2 drops of stevia and a little vanilla extract topped with fresh local berries, crushed almonds, and a dash of extra granular sweetener. Served with a drizzle of low-sugar syrup. (Plus, of course, a side of my favourite chocolate chai tea).
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After spending all day in the pool it was nice to have this amazing dinner waiting for us!- with 3 different salads, Mediterranean pasta salad, greek potato & quinoa with toasted sunflower seeds, spinach, tomato etc. with a homemade dressing. I also had the best barbecue chicken made with our favourite KC Masterpiece sauce topped with light miracle whip and a slice of tomato. Oh and delicious hot bean salad as well! This meal was all my Mom’s doing, did I ever mention she’s an even better cook then me?

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Anyways, I hope you are all enjoying your summer! What is your favourite summer time meal? Please share!

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