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Apple Walnut Quinoa

Craving something healthy on this lovely morning? This dish works as breakfast, lunch or a side! Apples provide a comforting sweetness, orange zest a depth of flavor, cinnamon a festive background and walnuts a toasty, crunch topping!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Kath Younger


  • 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 2 medium apples thinly sliced
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1 c quinoa uncooked
  • 3 c water for quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts


  • Melt coconut oil in a pot on medium heat.
  • Add Apple slices in a single layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon, half of the amount of orange zest, and juice.
  • Let the apples cook on medium or medium low heat until they begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Stir every so often to prevent burning.
  • Once the apples are mostly caramelized, add dry quinoa and toast for a minute.
  • Add water and salt and rest of orange juice to the pot. Turn heat to high allow to come to a boil.
  • Reduce to simmer and cook until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  • Toast walnuts until fragrant.
  • Garnish with the remaining orange zest and walnuts