Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait


by Sep 27th, 2010 // Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks

Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait

Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait

We’re crazy for quinoa in this house. We also love a good yogurt parfait. So when we found this awesome Quinoa Crunch Recipe we were ready to give it a go! The result was a crunch-tastic snack that I will be having for breakfast, lunch and dinner… and everything in between.

Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait

It’s starts with dry quinoa. You can use red or white.  Then you add a little canola oil and agave.

Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait

Then you spread it out on a Silpat (or just a non-stick cookie sheet) and bake it until it’s crunchy. It’s perfectly sweet and adds just the right amount of texture to a bowl of fruit and yogurt. Now for the recipe…

Quinoa Crunch Parfait
adapted from this Quinoa Crunch Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 10 mins

1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 peach (sliced)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl mix 1 cup of quinoa, mix with agave and oil. Stir well and then spread in a layer on top of a Silpat on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until crunchy. Meanwhile, scoop yogurt into a bowl and arrange cut fruit on top. Once the quinoa has cooled, sprinkle it on top of the fruit. Store leftover quinoa crunch in an airtight container.

Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait


29 Comments on “Snack Time: Quinoa Cruch Parfait”

  1. 1.) carrie
    September 27th, 2010

    I have been looking for ways to incorporate quinoa into our diet! thanks for the idea!

  2. 2.) Susan
    September 27th, 2010

    Ooh, we love quinoa, too, but I've never tried it this way. Wonderful!

  3. 3.) Kara
    September 27th, 2010

    I've never heard of quinoa…I must try it!

  4. 4.) AnnaTei
    September 27th, 2010

    Kidlet loves anything involving yogurt. Might have to try this.

  5. 5.) Pam
    September 27th, 2010

    This is a great idea. No takes yoghurt about once a week to school and this would be a perfect addition.

  6. 6.) Cristalle
    September 27th, 2010

    I've been looking for a good quinoa recipe that my toddler might actually eat. I can't wait to give this one a try.
    Thanks and I love your blog!

  7. 7.) marisa
    September 27th, 2010

    I've only tried quinoa cooked in boiling water, like cous cous. This sounds really interesting. We have some quinoa in the garden now. This will be the first recipe I try when it's ready! Thanks!!

  8. 8.) Mariela Constantine
    September 27th, 2010

    Awesome idea!! Thanks.

  9. 9.) Miranda
    September 27th, 2010

    Thanks for the novel idea for quinoa!

  10. 10.) OK Chick
    September 28th, 2010

    looks like a good snack to me.

  11. 11.) Meera
    September 28th, 2010

    Never tried quinoa before…your recipe sure is tempting. I think I'll give it a go.

  12. 12.) brooke rains
    September 28th, 2010


  13. 13.) Jeane
    September 28th, 2010

    Would you consider adding a feature to your blog to print your recipes without having to print your entire post? Sometimes I end up printing 13 pages or so just to get one recipe. BTW, I love your recipes and try many of them with my son. Thanks!

  14. 14.) Macki
    September 28th, 2010

    Sylvie is going to make this today!

  15. 15.) Lisa
    September 28th, 2010

    Wow! I have never thought of using quinoa in this way. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the great and healthy idea.

  16. 16.) tryityoumightlikeit
    September 28th, 2010

    I'm picking up some quinoa this weekend. I've heard that it's great in granola.

  17. 17.) Donna
    September 28th, 2010

    Love quinoa! But I don't think I can get agave here in Jordan. Could I substitute honey, do you suppose?

  18. 18.) Dana
    September 28th, 2010

    I have been wanting to try quinoa, but I was afraid of it! But those photos certainly make it look yummy! If only I could get my 3 year-old to eat more fruit…it's certainly worth a try!

  19. 19.) Krissy
    September 28th, 2010

    I love this idea!
    Question: Did you rinse the quinoa beforehand? Just asking because I always do before I boil it. I've heard it has a bitter coating on it that needs to be rinsed away. Perhaps it's because the quinoa I get looks different than yours (mine's white not reddish like yours).

    PS. I love your blog! My husband and I are vegetarian and I get great ideas from you and your kid. :)

  20. 20.) Corinne
    September 28th, 2010

    I love this idea. I wanted to try it right away but it was too hot to turn on the oven. Do you think there is a way to make a granola bar out of quinoa made this way?

  21. 21.) laurab
    September 28th, 2010

    I think I'll be trying this soon.

  22. 22.) Jennifer
    September 30th, 2010

    Im always looking for new ways to use quinoa! the crunch sounds great and I love the use in a parfait!

  23. 23.) Samantha
    September 30th, 2010

    What a great idea!! My son has a peanut allergy and can't do the traditional granola parfait – and we love quinoa! Thanks so much!!

  24. 24.) Corinne
    October 1st, 2010

    I just made this and it is so delicious! I'm going to eat the whole batch before Justin even gets home. I want to make it into a granola bar shape–do you know of a way to make it all stick together?

  25. 25.) Tammi Kibler
    October 4th, 2010

    Wow, what a creative use of quinoa. The red variety will be so festive for the holidays. I could put this on sundaes and cupcakes. I imagine it would be a crisp addition to a salad.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


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