Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites for Breakfast!

by Kate on January 7, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

First full week back to work = a fresh week to start a great series with a yummy little ingredient I’ve been seeing a LOT of lately – Quinoa – reminds me a little bit of Cous Cous, but much heartier and packed with protein.  I’ve come to learn too that it’s a great base for a lot of fantastic recipes too – Quinoa bites in particular.  A while back, I tried these delicious Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites from Miki’s Kitchen and they were a perfect, healthy snack for anyone out there that is as Buffalo Chicken crazy as I am.  Bites are perfect really – they’re small – they’re cute – you can eat them with your fingers, and it’s generally assumed that you can have one or two extra, cuz’ hey! They’re bite sized!

Why else am I pushing Quinoa? Well, due to it’s protein punch package, it’s considered a power food which I’ll be needing a lot of lately as I begin (or, more like “focus” on) my Half Marathon training schedule.  There I said it out loud.  Some of my besties from home and I are headed down to Disney in just a few short weeks to do the Princess Half Marathon – and while I can’t WAIT to get down there, catch some rays, eat some Dole Whip, and hopefully get a glimpse of Mickey & Minnie, there’s that whole 13.1 miles to get through first, and I’ve got a ways to go training wise.  So come on Quinoa, help a sistah out will ya?

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites

Ok first up, Quinoa Bites for breakfast, the most important meal of the day! And this combination of quinoa, apples and a sweet sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar will start your day off just right :)

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites for Breakfast!

Yield: 26 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped apples (I used macintosh, but any type should work nicely)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Instructions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a large mixing bowl, add your cooked quinoa and quick oats. In a separate smaller mixing bowl, combine your cinnamon, nutmeg and sugars and then add the spice mixture to the quinoa and oats. Then add the maple syrup, apples and eggs and mix until just combined.

3) Spray your mini muffin pan (24 count) with non-stick cooking spray. Make sure to spray the top of the pan as well. The quinoa bites will overflow out of the cup a little bit, so you don't want the tops to stick.

4) Fill each muffin slot with 1 tablespoon of the mixture and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm!

Nutritional Information Per Bite

Calories - 38

Fat - 0.7 grams

Protein - 1.2 grams

Fiber - 0.6 grams

Carbohydrates - 6.25 grams

Weight Watchers Points - 1 point per bite

© And They Cooked Happily Ever After

http://www.andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/01/07/apple-cinnamon-quinoa-bites-for-breakfast/

(And if you like these, you’ll LOVE these Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Bites! Equally as healthy and tasty!)

Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Bites

{ 89 comments… read them below or add one }

ellebakes January 7, 2013 at 10:52 am

yummy these look adorable!

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thank-you Elle! They are indeed adorable AND delicious :)

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xl101027 January 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

can these be made in normal size muffin tins? just if i dont fill it up all the way

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Sure thing! I made a dinner style quinoa muffin/bite in regular sized muffin tins and they came out great. I would just recommend ookng them for 30-35 minutes in the larger sized tins.

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Valerie (@xValerieAnne) January 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm

they look amazing! how many calories are there and is there any fat?

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Sorry it took me a bit to get back to this Valerie but if I’ve done my math correctly, each bite is about 40 calories and less than a gram of fat each! (About 3/4 of a gram of fat) Not bad for such a yummy treat!

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Korine January 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

These look delicious-can’t wait to try them! Have you tried freezing them? I think they would be great to grab on the way out the door in the morning on those days when we’re running late.

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I haven’t tried freezing them Korine but since they’re very similar in Texture to a muffin, I beT they would freeze just fine for those ‘chaotic mornings’ which I have way too often myself!

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jess rooney gallagher January 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Just the other day I was looking on pinterest and saw this great idea of apple cinnamon quinoa so I clicked on the link and it brought me to this wonderful blog. I was scoping it out when I saw a picture of the beautiful couple and was like “Hey, they look familiar”!?! I read the about us section and was couldn’t believe that they couple on this great blog was the Dave and Kate that my husband Brian and I know!!!! I read that you are doing the Princess Half Marathon in Disney…congrats! I ran that race twice. It is a lot of fun but I have a few tips for you (if you would like). I hope things are well and would love to catch up and chat about your new zealand adventure!! Love Jess

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Jess! What a small world eh? Well firstly, I’m glad you liked the Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Bites – let me know how they come out if you end up making them! As far as the Princess 1/2, I can’t wait! The same group of friends and I did it in 2011 too, but I am always open to new tips and advice! The training has been going pretty good, despite the chilly temps :) I hope you and Brian are doing well and having a great 2013 so far – we’ll most certainly have to talk ‘NZ’ shop soon! Can’t believe it’s almost been a year – yikes!

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Rebecca January 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm

How do you store these bad boys? And how long is their shelf life?

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Excellent question Rebecca! You can store hem in an air tight container for up to a week or you can also freeze them in an air tight container for up to a month. They may last longer than that in the freezer but I personally don’t like to let baked goods stay in te freezer for longer than a month – just a personal preference!

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meg January 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Hey… do you cook the oats? Also… what kind of apple do you suggest? Thanks!!

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Hi meg! Great question (I should actually address that!) but no the quick oats you can add as they are- no need to cook them. They’re really just to help add some consistency to the bites. And I used a Cortland apple but I’m sure any other type would work too – the only one I can think might not jive well is a Granny Smith, due to its sourness.

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Laura January 31, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Have you tried making these with agave nectar or any artificial sweeteners?

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andtheycookedhappilyeverafter January 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I haven’t yet in this recipe Laura, but I have substituted agave for syrup in other recipes and it’s the same great taste, and better for you! Same with artificial sweeteners – I would recommend swapping out the granulated sugar with the Splenda Sugar Blend or Truvia and I know Splenda also has a brown sugar blend that you could probably swap out for the brown sugar in this recipe to save some calories!

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MJ April 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I’ve tried these and used sucanat in place of the brown sugar and evaporated cane juice for the white sugar – they came out great. I also used regular rolled oats instead of quick and they are a bit denser but still great in my kid’s opinion.

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Kate April 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

What great tips! I love to see all the different experimentation with these, so I’m glad your ‘experimenting’ turned out well!

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Trish February 11, 2013 at 4:41 am

Yummm, I was sceptical when i mixed the ingredients but they are delightful little morsels indeed, thankyou so much :)

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caroline February 12, 2013 at 3:13 am

Can you over cook quinoa?? Mine didnt taste that great people keep tellin me the quinoa tastes like whatever you cook it with so i figured itd taste like apples and cinnamon but my bites tasted weird.what did i do wrong? :(

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Kate February 13, 2013 at 12:54 am

I’m sorry about that Caroline! I’m not sure how you cooked your Quinoa? But I usually cook it in just water and about 15 minutes is plenty of time for it to cook. It’s true, the Quinoa is great in that it kind of takes on whatever flavors its being mixed with. But always feel free to tweak your ingredients! These bites weren’t supposed to be super sweet but you could always add more syrup or brown/white sugar if you found they weren’t quite sweet enough for your liking. I hope that helps!

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Michelle February 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Rinsing and or ‘proofing’ the quinoa may help. I rinse my quinoa and depending on the brand you will find the water to become cloudy. Quinoa should be rinsed until the water runs clear. I think ‘proofing’ is a matter of preference, but I find it helps to create a fluffier quinoa for salads and such.
(By the way, great recipe-Thank you!)

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Janet February 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I am going to try this today! I hope they come out as good as yours looks!

There is one thing: It would be great if you added a “print” button on your blog. I’ve used them on other blog posts and they are super helpful when printing a recipe…it condenses it down to one page rather than multiple pages. Unless you have one and I don’t see it?

Thanks you for sharing your recipes!

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Kate February 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I am sure they will Janet :) And yes! I recently did a little ‘blog makeover’ which included adding the print/save feature for all my recipes – unfortunately the Apple Cinnamon Quinoa bites just missed the upgrade though :( I agree though – the print/save button feature is a life saver! I wish I had gotten one earlier! Sorry for the trouble!

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Rose February 21, 2013 at 7:19 am

I made these tonight and added a little golden raisin and used flax eggs instead of real eggs to make it vegan. They turned out great! This is an awesome way to use my leftover Quinoa. Thanks for the great idea!

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Kate February 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm

What a great idea Rose! I love to see how everyone has made their own changes on this recipe – glad you enjoyed it :)

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Amy February 25, 2013 at 1:18 am

I would love to make these, they look delish. Do you have the nutrition info?
Thanks! Amy

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 7:19 pm

I do Amy! (actually going to add it to the recipe too :)

Per Bite (recipe yields 26)
Calories – 38
Fat – 0.7 grams
Protein – 1.2 grams
Fiber – 0.6 grams
Carbohydrates – 6.25 grams

And in case you’re at all interested, 1 Weight Watchers point per piece! Hope that helps :)

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danielle April 16, 2013 at 4:30 am

hi! I can’t wait to try these bites! my lil one can’t eat oars and I would love for him yo eat these as we are limited on gluten free options. what do you suggest I use to substitute? thank you!

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Kate April 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hi Danielle! They’re a perfect snack for the little guys – nice and healthy! The oats in this recipe act as flour would, so you could probably swap out the oats with gluten-free flour (still using a cup of flour). I hope that helps!!!

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Kristy @ Quiet Play September 23, 2013 at 5:49 am

I made these today – delicious and a hit with the kids! We are GF so I just added rice flakes (from a GF porridge) instead of the oats. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Meg April 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Just tried to make these but they didn’t turn out muffin-like at all :( Just a big ol’ jumbled mess. Still tasty though.

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Julie August 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Mine didn’t work either. Didn’t hold together after baking, so what came out was just a little drier (as a result of being baked) than what went in, and fell apart on de-tinning. Tasted okay, just not as convenient as “bites.” I used regular rolled oats (not quick), so that might have had something to do with it (although Kate said it should work below).

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Kate August 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

That’s such a bummer Julie! The oats really shouldn’t make a difference – I bet maybe an extra egg white might have helped hold them together – kind of like a glue. I’m sorry they didn’t turn out for you!

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Ashleigh April 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Hi! I’m interested in trying this recipe, but am a little unclear on one of the ingredients. For the quinoa, is it supposed to be 1 cup of dry quinoa that is then cooked, or do you cook some quinoa and then take 1 cup of that? Because I think 1 cup of uncooked quinoa contains a heckuva lot more quinoa than 1 cup of cooked quinoa, if I’m not mistaken!

Thanks for your time!

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Kate April 21, 2013 at 3:56 am

Sorry for the confusion Ashleigh! It’s is one cup of quinoa that has been cooked. You’re right that would be a lot of quinoa!

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Sara April 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I just made these this morning and they were a huge hit! I had a little of the mixture left over and so I put them in larger muffin tins but they didn’t set up as well, so I just put it in a baggy and we’re taking it to the zoo w us today as a snack, like granola!

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Kate April 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm

So glad you liked them Sara! They’re definitely a perfect snack for the zoo – I bet the animals will want them!

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clothespin May 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Yum! I can’t wait to try these. Just wondering how they’d do in paper muffin liners? Make these with gluten free oatmeal and it’s a great food for us gf folks! And wow, we love quinoa here. Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try it!

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Kate May 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Great question! I think they would do fine in the paper liners, the only thing I would recommend is to maybe spray the liners with non-stick cooking spray, just to be on the safe side! Hope you like them :)

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Deanna June 6, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Do you need to user”quick” oats? I only have rolled oats? Will that work?

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Kate June 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

Great question Deanna! You could use either – the oats really just serve as the ‘flour’ to hold the bites together!

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Ashley June 10, 2013 at 2:26 am

I made these tonight and our picky 6 year old LOVED them! We’ll see how tomorrow goes, but I think I’ll make them in a larger muffin tin, warm them and add a little milk for breakfast for her. Thanks :)

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Kate June 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

So glad to hear that Ashley! Try the cinnamon raisin ones some time too – they are equally as kid friendly :)

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melanie June 11, 2013 at 11:12 pm

just took these out of the oven, a bit bummed because I didn’t realise it but my quinoa wasn’t cooked properly so they are a bit crunchy, but otherwise yummy, I have 2 little boys with severe food allergies including anaphylaxis to egg so I substituted orgran no egg and it seems to have worked well, thanks for the yummy recipe :-D

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Kate June 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm

So glad you all enjoyed them Melanie!

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Emily June 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

Could you replace the quick oats & quinoa with quinoa flakes? I have some left over from another recipe and thought that might work? Can’t wait to make them!

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Kate June 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

You could definitely try it Emily, although the oats kind of serve as a glue of sorts to hold them together so I’m just not sure how they would stay together without them. But it can’t hurt to try!!

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Erin L. June 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

These would work really great to increase milk supply!! Thanks for posting. They look delicious.

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Ni June 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

Hi!!

my 1 1/2 yr old daughter is allergic to eggs.
can you please suggest how can i make this recipe eggless?

thank you

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Kate June 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Great question! I would maybe try to use an egg-substitute like Egg Beaters. Hopefully that will do the trick!

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Cathy July 7, 2013 at 1:37 am

I tried this recipe and they did not turn out well. They just stayed in little lumps and didn’t rise at all. Any suggestions? Do you need to mix in the quinoa while it is still warm? I let it cool first.

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Kate July 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm

They’re not supposed to be like the texture muffins and rise a lot – they are meant to be a little bit more dense and not really fluffy like a muffin would be. And it’s good to let it cool to room temperature because otherwise if the quinoa is too hot, the eggs will start to cook.

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Adrianna July 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Thanks for a great recipe! :) I accidentally cooked the oats, and didn’t realize that I wasn’t supposed to until after I looked at the recipe again! I just put them in the oven now and I’m hoping they’ll turn out okay. Thanks again!

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Kate July 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

They should be just fine Adrianna! The oats are really just like a glue to hold it all together so cooked or uncooked they should work the same :)

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Yolanda July 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

My husband is a diabetic, do you think they would come out ok if I substitute with stevia? And what would be the substitution amounts? Thanks!

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Kate July 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I think they would be just fine Yolanda – I would just use the same measurements, swapping the stevia out for the granulated sugar, and then splenda actually has a brown sugar substitute that should work for substituting the brown sugar measurement.

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Heather July 31, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Has anyone tried making these with raspberries or some other fruit. I don’t have apples right now, but I have raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Just wondering if they might turn out, may have to just experiment.

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Kate August 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I think raspberries or blueberries would be great Heather! Blackberries maybe a little tart? Let me know how they come out if you try them! I’d love to experiment myself!

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Kaycee September 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

I have never had quinoa before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Also, I used canned apples instead of fresh, and (accidentally) turned them into applesauce. Mine did not rise at all. They were good….but I think next time I’ll spread the mixture out on a cookie sheet and bake it, and make it like a granola instead. I liked the crunchy bits that stuck to the muffin pan.

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Kate October 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

That actually sounds delicious Kaycee!

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Samantha September 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

These look delicious!

Do you recommend cooking them in water or milk since they are breakfast?
I’ve seen some call for cooked with milk but I’m not sure what the difference would be.

Thanks!

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Samantha September 26, 2013 at 5:28 am

Never mind on that, I guess you can’t cook it with milk because of the temperature.

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Angelique September 26, 2013 at 7:22 am

Would it work if I added raisins or craisins to the apple bites?

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Kate October 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I’m sure it would Angelique!

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Maria September 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Hello Kate!
I did twice this bites and my daughter just loved! In my opinion it is a perfect snack for children.
Thank you!

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Kate October 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

So glad you (and your daughter) loved them Maria!

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Amanda October 28, 2013 at 12:21 am

I found this recipe on pinterest. My kids love them! I cook my quinoa in apple cider and throw a cinnamon stick in while it simmers for extra flavor.

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Kate October 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

What a great modification Amanda! The more apple cinnamon flavor the better!

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Elizabeth c. November 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Has anyone tired using muffin wrappers? I wonder if they would work?

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Kate November 15, 2013 at 3:07 am

I bet they would work Elizabeth – the only thing I may suggest is spraying them with non-stick cooking spray to ensure that the paper will come off easily.

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tammy November 11, 2013 at 3:24 am

What can you use instead of maple syrup?
Thanks,
Tammy

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Kate November 15, 2013 at 3:06 am

Hi Tammy! I would maybe try Agave instead of maple syrup. That will be a nice substitute that will add the same amount of sweetness. You could also try corn syrup as well.

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Nicole Casey January 19, 2014 at 12:11 am

I used raw honey in mine. put it in the microwave to soften it first.

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Nicole Casey January 19, 2014 at 12:19 am

Mine are in the oven now I made a few modifications…I baked the apples then blended them in the vitamix with the eggs and spices and added 2 tbsp of Teddy’s natural peanut butter. I sweetened them with raw honey instead of maple syrup and did not use any brown sugar or white sugar. I also used a vanilla bean in the mixture and I boiled my quinoa in almond milk. I chopped up some pecans an added those as well. I also baked them in muffin liners and did not spray them I’ll let you know how it worked. Thanks for the recipe!

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laura a December 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

How could I add some overripe bananas into this recipe?

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Kate December 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Actually Laura, I have a recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Quinoa Bites (http://www.andtheycookedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/03/13/peanut-butter-banana-quinoa-bites-with-chocolate-chips/) and they are delish! I would say though if you just added one banana to the Apple Cinnamon Quinoa bite recipe, maybe just use 1 egg vs. the 2 so they won’t be too mushy. Let me know if you try them and how they turn out!

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Ashley January 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

We were so excited for this and it was a huge flop for us………. so the extra we are using blueberries with and just baking it in wrappers! Lets hope it works

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Jen January 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I was excited to make these today, but was disappointed as they crumbled to pieces when I tried to take them out of the muffin tins! They came out easily as I did spray the plans, but they don’t stick together! I even tried cooking them a little longer, but no success!

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Kate January 11, 2014 at 1:46 am

Oh I’m sorry to hear that Jen! So hard to figure out what works and what doesnt’ sometimes. Maybe next time try baking them for a little less time (ovens can vary so greatly with their baking power) or adding an egg white to the recipe. That might help with the moistness factor. I hope they at least still tasted ok!

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Nicole Casey January 19, 2014 at 12:45 am

They came out yummy, very nice flavor…I eat them with a fork right out of the liners but would definitely spray the muffin liners first if you want to remove them. forgot to mention in my last post that I added a teaspoon of baking soda as well.

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Kate January 24, 2014 at 12:49 am

So glad to hear it Nicole! I love all the variations you made – very creative, especially the boiling of the Quinoa in Almond Milk! Genius!

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Stephanie January 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Hi i am just wondering why mine didn’t turn out so well? I followed the directions but the oil that is recommended to spray on the pan spattered all over the oven, (i didn’t use too much either), my house had burnt smell all night and the bottoms and tops of all the bites were burnt. What could have gone wrong? The temperature was the right amount too. I doubled the recipe because I didn’t know that one cup of cooked quinoa was actually only 1/2 cup dry quinoa… let me know what you thi k!

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Kate January 24, 2014 at 12:48 am

That is such a bummer Stephanie! I’m not 100% sure what might have gone wrong – I know sometimes different ovens can cook hotter than others. Maybe next time just cut the time down a bit – don’t give up on them, they are delicious!

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Stephanie January 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Also I did use the muffin wrappers and sprayed those. Maybe thats why?

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Stephanie January 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm

The insides were still good. I just cut off the bottom and top. :)

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Connie March 7, 2014 at 3:03 am

I just made these. I put 2T into a regular muffin dish. I didn’t even cook them for 25 minutes and they turned out dry. Maybe the regular oats did that? Not sure, but I won’t be making these again.

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Connie March 7, 2014 at 3:11 am

To add onto my first comment, I only cooked for about 20 minutes. I just put some melted ghee on top, that improved the flavor and texture tremendously!!!

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