Saturday, March 2, 2013

Coconut Chocolate-Chip Breakfast Quinoa

I need to make a huge complaint.

Nestlé chocolate chips: what the eff is wrong with those things? When I bake with them and want them to melt, they never do but they turn rubbery. I figured they would be perfect, then, for the recipe I created this morning, and then they went and melted! I use more expensive brands of chocolate for baking but this project doesn't call for anything special.

So I'm left with showing you what looks to be a disgusting bowl of processed mush, when actually it was delicious. Meet coconut chocolate-chip breakfast quinoa. Oh and I didn't edit my pictures because I am writing this from my phone.

Not that I ate more than 3 teaspoons. Trying to be all low-sugar low-carb now that I don't have pregnancy as an excuse to eat whatever I want anymore and I wanna get back in fighting shape ASAP. I made it specifically for my 2-year-old who was throwing up yesterday. Prior to me knowing he wasn't feeling well I was irritated about him not eating lunch. I can't tell the difference right now between him testing us to get attention and him not feeling well, especially when he's so energetic he's climbing on everything. Here he is on the cat tree.

I felt bad about yesterday and decided breakfast needed to be fun this morning.

Well, after just a few bites (maybe smaller than mine) he demanded some fruit. He has a history of doing that. He sure does love fruit. More than chocolate.

I love fruit, maybe not more than dessert, except in the glorious fermented form known as wine. My husband and I love us some wine and cheese (and veggies). The night we went out to dinner a few weekends ago, my son promptly ordered his "own red wine" when our server came to take our order! Hilarious. Our family likes what we like!

Evidentially that's not always sweet, rich goods.

Whatever - this is good stuff, and my husband agrees! It's dessert for breakfast; don't let the quinoa fool you into thinking its remotely healthy.

When I get back to the gym I can't wait to treat myself to a little more than a few teaspoons. Hope you like it too!

Coconut Chocolate-Chip Breakfast Quinoa

Proud to call this a Jax-Original Recipe

3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 tablespoon salted butter or coconut oil
1.5 cups canned coconut milk (I guess you could do lite)
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Melt the butter or oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and add the quinoa. Stir it around to mix and let it sit about two minutes to toast. Add the coconut milk, bring it to a light boil, cover it with a lid, lower the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 13 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed. Stir it occasionally to keep the quinoa from burning. Once it's finished, turn off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate. Let it cool a little more before adding the chocolate (or not, if you want your dish to look anything like mine).

If your chips stay in chip form, let me know how you did that.

Please don't let me know how good it is. That's just mean.

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