Because quinoa is so important in a plant-based diet, I updated this recipe and others on the blog to include my homemade Quinoa Granola.
-It is gluten-free, being actually a seed not a grain.
-Great source of B-vitamins and fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants.
-And high in magnesium, something that so many people are deficient in, resulting in leg and muscle cramps, insomnia and anxiety.
And the beauty of quinoa is you can roast it, bake it, blend it, and still the nutritional integrity remains. That’s why NASA has named it one of the superfoods they plan on incorporating into their astronauts’ high-quality diets. So let’s go pop it and put it in a granola!!
Pitaya Pineapple Golden Berry Parfaits
Make the Parfait
Pour in the yogurt first, then the compote - fork-mashed pineapple with a bit of lemon juice and orange juice if you prefer it sweeter. I also added baobab powder to the pineapple for added energy, antioxidants and immunity protection. And top with popped quinoa granola (see recipe below) and fruit.
Make Popped Quinoa
Soak 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups water with 1 tbsp lemon juice for 3 hours. This removes quinoa's natural phytic acid (nature provides it to help survive growth), which can bind to the minerals in food and decrease their absorption.
- Once the soaking is complete, rinse the quinoa well, and I leave mine spread on a cookie sheet for a few hours to dry and then I store in an airtight jar in the frig. Once rinsed though, for this purpose of popping, you can start right away.
To Pop Quinoa
Take 1/4 cup of prepped quinoa and add to bottom of a deep pan with a slidey surface - some people use a bit of oil, but I do not like greasy popped quinoa so I use a dry pan. Turn the heat fairly high on your stove and stand there for about 3-4 minutes, stirring the quinoa seeds around in the bottom of the pan with a wooden tool to keep the seeds from burning. You will see it begin to pop and brown. The trick is, don't let it go from brown to black, but also make sure most are popped - the popped quinoa kernel is not the exploded type corn makes, but a tiny brown bubble. Sometimes you can hear the pop but cannot see a difference, that's okay! It's still popped quinoa!
Make Homemade Quinoa Granola
Toss together the flax seeds, popped quinoa, rolled oats, cinnamon and maple syrup, then spread on a cookie sheet and toast in the oven, 5-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let is cool, store in an airtight container, and use this recipe for the popped quinoa granola in the parfait.
Dee Dine is the recipe developer and writer behind Green Smoothie Gourmet. She shares her super healthy wholesome recipes on her blog and her Instagram that she feeds her family and friends. She gravitates toward recipes that are fast to create, plant-based, nutritious, easy, and use familiar ingredients. And chocolate is always a good idea! More about Dee.