Warming and hearty Stewed Apples and Coconut Quinoa
This warming Healthy Stewed Apples and Coconut Quinoa Recipe takes me back to special moments spent with my gran. Famous for her “signature dish’, we always knew what to expect when we would make our way up to the Blue Mountains in Australia. Without fail, we would start our mornings with brown rice, stewed apples and brown sugar.
My gran was a coeliac most of her life, she introduced me to the alternatives of gluten from quite a young age. For good reason as well, I found out a few years ago that I also have the coeliac gene. I have built up a pretty horrific intolerance to gluten so I steer clear of it completely. I have made a few changes to this dish. I removed the brown sugar and have added in things like ginger, turmeric, hemp seeds and upping the cinnamon to create a beautifully nourishing breakfast. It not only helps keep me full, but has what I like to call “the powerhouse” of immune boosting ingredients.
Note: If you don’t have all ingredients lying around your house, the dish works beautifully with just apples, cinnamon, quinoa and coconut milk. The more spices you add, the more flavoursome.
Cinnamon: Is a powerful spice that has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. Renowned for its protective antioxidant levels, cinnamon comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum verum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) tree. I tend to go a little heavy with my cinnamon, primarily because I love the taste of it, but also because I am always after a bit of a antioxidant boost.
Apples: have a high content of flavonoids which are a type of antioxidant (another yes!) which helps reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, and chronic conditions. They are also other benefits like being high in Vitamin C and a good source of fibre (tip: never peel an apple as the skin has lots of nutrients!)
Healthy Stewed Apples with Coconut Quinoa Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
10 apples, washed, cored & chopped
5 cm knob fresh turmeric, finely sliced
5 cm knob fresh ginger, finely sliced
1 star anise
1 cardamom pod
1 cinnamon quill
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Coconut Quinoa Porridge
1 cup quinoa
2 cups filtered water
1 cinnamon quill
½ can coconut cream
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup coconut flakes
Stewed Apples: Place all the ingredients for the stewed apples in a large pot, turn on a low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until the apples are just tender.
Quinoa: Pop the rinsed quinoa, water and cinnamon quill into a pot and cook the quinoa as per the back of the packet instructions. Once cooked, pour in the coconut cream and fluff lightly. Stir in the hemp seeds & coconut when ready to serve.
I love to pop my left over apples in a glass jar with extra water filling it to the brim like pickles, it keeps them fresh and the liquid is beautiful in fruit teas!