Oh my gosh have things been crazy around here! Crazy I tell you. When things get hectic I find myself eating the same things day-in, day-out. (and usually not very healthy things, I might add). I may have eaten peanut butter on toast everyday (sometimes twice in the same day) for over a week.
When the crazies left and I found myself with some time on my hands, I decided it was time to get back into the kitchen and make something that made me feel good. So I reach for the quinoa.
These baked apples were the perfect thing. Not only did they taste amazing, the sweet smells coming from the kitchen were enough to set everything right in the world again. Sweet but healthy, and something I could eat for breakfast or as a snack. You might even convince your kids that this is dessert and serve with some sweetened yogurt or ice cream :). The candied ginger added the perfect bit of spice here.
While the quinoa cooks, core the apples. A melon-baller work nicely.
Then stuff with the cooked quinoa and oats mixture. You don’t have to be neat about it.
Once baked, the apples will be all wrinkly and soft. You should be able to pierce the skin with a fork
Almond Fresh, was nice enough to send me some coupons to try their almond milk, so I used that in this recipe. I normally rotate between soy, coconut and almond milk in our house. We use non-dairy milk for just about everything – cereal, cooking, baking, smoothies. We really liked the Almond Fresh brand. The vanilla is a bit too sweet for us, but the original is perfect for just about anything.
For the apples. I used regular old McIntosh apples because that is what I had. I say use what you have. If you like a certain type of apple for eating, you will like that apple cooked. But if you are particular about it, any good pie apple will work.