Hot Quinoa Flakes with Maple Syrup Apples

Quinoa flakes are made from quinoa that has been steam-rolled, similar to rolled oats, and are a gluten-free alternative for hot cereal.

2 cups diced Granny Smith apple
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
2 cups water
2/3 cup quinoa flakes
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine apple and 1/4 cup water in a small skillet; bring to a boil. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; cover, reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Remove from heat; uncover and let stand.

Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat; stir in quinoa flakes and salt. Cook 1 1/2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, and let stand 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. While cereal stands, return apple mixture to medium heat; add syrup, butter and vanilla, stirring just until butter melts. Serve apple mixture over cereal.

Yields 4 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup cereal and 6 tablespoons apples)
Nutrition Information: 217 calories, 6.9 gm fat (3.7 gm sat fat, 0.3 gm poly fat, 1.5 mg mono fat), 15 mg chol, 117 mg sodium, 37 gm carb, 3 gm fiber, 2.4 gm protein

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