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Oct 16, 2012 BY Joy McCarthy

Quinoa Goat Cheese Brownies

—  found in  Food  —

CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIE!!! Who won Quinoa Revolution by random selection with this entry:

Submitted on 2012/10/18 at 10:29 am: I LOVE quinoa brownies and pancakes. They’re a nice protein balance to these carb and sugar heavy dishes. CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

This recipe title sounds a little odd I realize, but I promise you it will be worth the baking effort. These brownies are moist, sweet yet tart and fulfilling -- everything you want a brownie to be (yes "tart"... really!).

I created them on Sunday evening with inspiration from the new cookbook Quinoa Revolution. They ended up being my dessert and my breakfast the next day -- brownie at breakfast? Heck yes, with some greek yogurt! Now they are an indulgence, so keep in mind I'm not suggesting you eat these for breakfast day after day.

As you might know, I'm a keen-wah fanatic because it's what I consider a "healthy fast food". Since I enjoy spreading my quinoa love not only am I sharing this insanely foodgasmic-worthy recipe, but I'm doing a giveaway for the cookbook :) More on that at the end of the post....

So the original recipe is called "Black Forest Goat Cheese Brownies", but since I didn't have any dried whole cherries I had to improvise. Also, I made a few joyous tweaks to it. If you don't win the book and you want the original recipe, then I suggest you buy the book. Believe me, you will be glad you did.

Let's get started!

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used organic, dairy-free. I'm going to try it with raw cacao nibs next)

3/4 cup butter (or coconut oil), unsalted (Again, I used organic butter)

3/4 cup dried cranberries (recipe calls for dried whole cherries, but the cranberries were wonderful too. Make sure you get "sulfite-free" cranberries)

1/2 cup organic coconut sugar (recipe calls for cane sugar, but coconut sugar is lower on the glycemic index and I prefer it for baking. You could also cut the sugar in half and use 5-10 drops of liquid stevia)

2 large eggs (or you could do my chia egg substitute -- see below)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup quinoa flour

1/4 cup almond milk (recipe calls for buttermilk)

1 cup crumbled goat cheese

Method:

Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Grease a 9-inch (2 L) square bake pan and line it with parchment.

In a small saucepan on medium low heat melt the chocolate chips and butter (or coconut oil), stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

Place the cranberries in a small bowl with water for 10 minutes to let them hydrate. Drain cranberries.

Beat the sugar, eggs, vanilla in a medium bowl until combined. Beat in the melted chocolate mixture. Mix in the flour until just blended, then mix in the almond milk.

Pour half the brownie into your greased pan. Top with crumbled goat cheese and cranberries. Pour remaining mixture on top and spread evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until the centre of the brownie springs back. Do not overbake. Side note: I baked it for almost 40 minutes -- maybe my oven was slow. Cool in pan and chill before cutting into squares. Makes 25 deeeelicious squares!

Chia sub: Mix 2 tbsp chia + 8 tbsp water. Let sit for 5 minutes and then combine into recipe.

Now if you want to win this amazing book, you can enter below by telling me what your favourite way to use quinoa is?!?

Do you love it as a energizing breakfast bowl or do you mix it into a smoothie. Perhaps you just like it with some fresh herbs or mixed veggies.

Now if you are a quinoa virgin, then that's okay too -- just let me know in the comments section and consider that your entry. We will randomly draw one person's name next Monday October 22nd.

Contest is open to Canada and the U.S.A. residents only.

QuinoaRevolution, published in Canada by Penguin Canada, October 2012. Published by Pintail Books, January 2013

Oct 16, 2012 BY Joy McCarthy
87 Comments
Amanda Li   •   October 16, 2012

I'm allergic to oats so I love using quinoa flakes to crust my chicken, quinoa granola for yogurt and of course my quick and easy one-bowl quinoa flake muffins!

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Liz (formerly VeggieGirl)   •   October 16, 2012

My favorite way to use quinoa is the way that you, Joy, first taught me how to properly enjoy it. That lentil quinoa loaf is amazing; and your kale, sweet potato, quinoa bowl is also another one of my favorite ways to enjoy and use quinoa.

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Ariane Bedard   •   October 16, 2012

I looove making a quinoa salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, black beans, a little squeeze of lime juice and some goat cheese or feta crumbled on top. Soooo good! :)

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Danielle   •   October 16, 2012

Oh man! It is hard to decide my favourite use for quinoa. I really like using it in baked goods, do enjoy quinoa apple breakfast bowls, and as of late have been making quinoa salads with beans, basil and sun-dried tomatoes with some veggies mixed in. I just love its versatility!

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Sarah   •   October 16, 2012

This recipe looks absolutely wonderful and delicious. My favourite way to use quinoa is in salads and stir-frys! But I also love the quinoa onion rings from Fresh :). I have yet to try making quinoa burgers but I will experiment with this soon! Thank you for the giveaway, Joy ;)

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Clara Cohen   •   October 17, 2012

Alison   •   October 16, 2012

Those look absolutely amazing! I just wish there were more quinoa (sweet) baking recipes that didn't require the use of quinoa flakes. I personally like eating it "as is", or as a base in quinoa burgers. There's a sweet potato quinoa burger recipe from the How Sweet It Is blog that I've made several times and is incredible!

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Therese   •   October 16, 2012

I love quinoa in salads. Not only is quinoa a super food, it is super easy to use in so many ways.

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Jill Kovacs   •   October 16, 2012

This book looks amazing! I have to admit that I love quinoa plain. It has such a great nutty flavour and my kids like it this way too! It's a little messy for them to eat (as some of it always ends up on the floor), but it dries quickly so is easy to sweep up afterwards. I also often add to salads for some texture and substance. Now I need to experiment some more with baking, etc. and can't wait to make these brownies!! Thanks for the recipe!

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AH   •   October 16, 2012

I love quinoa and my favourite way to eat it is in a salad! I would love to win this book! :)

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ValerieWarmington   •   October 17, 2012

Like in Alice in Wonderland where they celebrated an UNbirthday, my UNmeatloaf is made with quinoa, wheatberries, barley mixed with onions, celery & mushrooms sauteed in olive oil then turmeric & cumin spice it up, eggs bind it. Eaten hot or cold, slices make tasty and nutritious carb & protein sources as part of meal.

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Catherine   •   October 17, 2012

I use quinoa as a substitute for breadcrumbs in my chicken parmesan receipe. It works fabulous.

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Catherine   •   October 17, 2012

Salad! Quinoa adds protein to any collection of veggies! I've spent the summer dreaming up new combinations to pack for my lunch at work. Healthy and filling!

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Maija Simpanen   •   October 17, 2012

I know some brownie fanatics who will love this recipe, thanks for sharing! For me quinoa is my ultimate staple. I prepare a large batch Sunday night to be used throughout the week. I have it for breakfast with scrabled egg and avocado; lunches with protein (such as chicken or chick peas), fresh veggies, chopped basil, EVOO and apple cider vinegar; and dinners as a substitute for pasta or rice with spaghetti sauce and stir fry. So versatile, so easy!

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Hilary   •   October 17, 2012

Huge quinoa fan. I enjoy making a quinoa salad with green onions, avocado and whatever veggies are on hand, drizzled with olive oil.

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Mary   •   October 17, 2012

I like substituting quinoa flakes for oats in baking and in homemade granola.

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Mandy King   •   October 17, 2012

Quinoa is my staple food!! I've introduced it to all my friends, and on cottage weekends Quinoa salad is what everyone looks forward to :)

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Tanja   •   October 17, 2012

I **heart** quinoa! I've used it as a rice substitute and oatmeal substitute! My fav recipe is quinoa with black beans and cheese stuffed into red peppers. Yum.

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Victoria   •   October 17, 2012

Quinoa for breakfast is my favourite in the winter. Especially with coconut milk, nuts, fruits and a touch of maple of syrup! So yummy and keeps you going all morning!

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Alison W   •   October 17, 2012

I love throwing them in salads, I never have a receipe and just use whatever mixture of veggies I have in the kitchen at the time. Always turns out yummy. I'd love to win this book and experiment with some other receipes!

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Lynne Landry   •   October 17, 2012

I am practically a quinoa virgin... I haven't yet experimented with it very much at home, but I've tasted it at friends' houses in salads, with stir fry veggies and also in a casserole with egg and cheese and a variety of vegetables.... I must say, I enjoy quinoa very much and want it to become a staple in my kitchen

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Erica Elliott   •   October 17, 2012

I LOVE quinoa- quinoa for breakfast, lunch, dinner.. quinoa in cookies! last night I made a quinoa bowl with red peppers, spinach, arugula pesto and pecans! red quinoa, white quinoa, sprouted quinoa- oh my! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to add this book to my collection!

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Wasila   •   October 17, 2012

My daily breakfast includes some quinoa warmed up with some almond milk, topped with chopped banana and frozen blueberries, drizzled with blackstrap molasses, and sprinkled with chia seeds and ground flax. Yum!

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Cindy B   •   October 17, 2012

Thanks to your site and recipes, that's how I got introduced to quinoa. I'm still very green with it and sometimes feel limited as to what I can do with it. This book would probably help me out. Thanks for sharing.

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Stephanie   •   October 17, 2012

I love making "greek-style" quinoa salads in the summer, with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, olives and a bit of feta. This time of year I go for winter squash and lots of herbs.

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Katie   •   October 17, 2012

I love quinoa! I use it in salads and have baked it with real maple syrup and EVOO served with greek yogurt. I also like it in your kale, sweet potato, quinoa bowl and apple spice bake recipes, Joy!

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Alyssa   •   October 17, 2012

I love using quinoa in salads and stir frys.

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Fariah   •   October 17, 2012

I will have to try this recipe! My favourite way to enjoy quinoa is either as an apple quinoa salad or nestled under a serving of home made bulgogi and kimchee on the side! Thank you for the opportunity!

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Annie Desjardins   •   October 17, 2012

Quinoa is a great ancient grain. Favorite and most often used in salads , yellow peppers, camaralized onions (balsamic and agave) , toasted walnuts, water-cress, sauted garlic asparagus, mixed together with a bit of oil and aditionnal white balsamic to taste. yummmmm.....

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Ami   •   October 17, 2012

I love using quinoa as a sub anywhere rice and/or another grain is used... in soups, with stir-fry, to stuff peppers, indian dishes etc! Also, these brownies look delish! Can't wait to try!

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Lisa Harris   •   October 17, 2012

Looks good! Have not gotten the hang of quinoa yet. It tastes bitter to me. Does it need washed? Hope I win so I can get this fixed.

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Ken   •   October 17, 2012

My first experience with using quinoa in baking was when I made an amazing quinoa pineapple upside down cake. it was full of healthy ingredients, and tasted so much better than anything I could have whipped up with the standard stuff. My favourite adder to any quinoa breakfast bowl or supper dish are apples. I just find they compliment each other so well. Cheers. PS. I'm no longer a "quinoa virgin", and for the amount of times I eat it now, I'm becoming a bit of a "quinoa sl*t" ?

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Ken   •   October 17, 2012

Joanna   •   October 17, 2012

Wow Joy, you have outdone yourself! These look amazing. Like you I am a quinoa fanatic. I love make salads out of it. Tex Mex, Greek, Spring pea & asparagus, roasted root veggies. I think it would be a perfect addition to my cookbook collection :)

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Simone   •   October 17, 2012

I love using quinoa as a base for my yummy porridge creations :) I'm a toppings gal so every morning is something different, right now I'm loving banana cinnamon and raw almond butter on top of my quinoa cooked in coconut milk and cinnamon, so yummy

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Catherine   •   October 17, 2012

I'm just venturing into the land of quinoa but I'm really glad to stumble across your blog. I've seen recipes calling for quinoa flakes and quinoa flour but I have yet to find a good source for that. I love trying new recipes.

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Lauren   •   October 17, 2012

Quinoa Quesadillas! Mix quinoa with some market fresh red, yellow & green peppers, onion, spicy salsa, and some aged white cheddar cheese (plus whatever else you desire!). Place between a wheat-free wrap and cook over low-medium heat in frying pan. SO delicious! Obviously I love my quinoa baked good creations as well. I have a slight obsession with chocolate chip quinoa cookies and chocolate quinoa brownies! mmm...

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Jen Star   •   October 17, 2012

Hi Joy. What a great giveaway! My fave way to eat quinoa is to swap out couscous for quinoa in a tabbouleh salad. A perfect marriage of parsely and quinoa. I hope I win :)

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Nicole Silverberg   •   October 17, 2012

I love experimenting with quinoa for every meal - but especially for lunch and dinner. I make it with a variety of different ingredients like herbs (mint and basil), with dried fruit (that I dry myself in a healthy way), roasted vegetables and the like. I concoct something new daily! Having it in brownies and desserts is also another good and delicious idea. The key is to rinse it first - which I learned the hard way and also to leave some in the fridge once I make a new batch so that I can mix it with whatever leftovers I'm eating. I'm always looking for more recipes to try and experiment with!

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Amy B   •   October 17, 2012

I love quinoa! I love to use it for dinner because, like you said it is a healthy "fast food". I put it in everything, salads, tacos, soups, you name it! Friends are always asking me for recipes, and I find myself saying "just cook quinoa, add the veggies in your fridge and some healthy oil and/or vinegar and toss!" often.

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Elaine Harkiss-Laird   •   October 17, 2012

A newly discovered food for me! Love it in a salad or mixed with pecans and dried cranberries with some evoo! Would love to learn more about how to use this healthy food!!

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Jen   •   October 17, 2012

My fav is quinoa+sweet potato cubes+pecans+goat cheese side dish. Fab warm or cold :)

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jeremy   •   October 17, 2012

I don't have a favourite way because it's just so delicious and versatile... I use it for breakfast/lunch with fruit (dried and fresh), nuts, seeds, etc, for supper, many of which are Joy's recipes or just a salad topper for protein, and I'm going to try cookies next... Joy was my intro to quinoa in May 2010 and I'm so thankful if I had to pick one, I would say quinoa, kale, sweet potato bowl... okay, two... quinoa lentil loaf and okay, veggie burgers (black bean, chick peas and quinoa) smoothies? hmmm :)

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julie   •   October 18, 2012

Melanie   •   October 17, 2012

Glad I looked you up on twitter. Now I don't have to wait to try these with your joyous spin. I can make them today!

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Megan   •   October 17, 2012

I love making quinoa burritos! Quinoa, black beans, some squash and another vegetable and spices!!! Soooo tasty and filling.

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Darlene   •   October 17, 2012

VIRGIN!! Yes, keep hearing all about it, I sure need some help with a recipe book! If I don't win this one, I'll be buying it for sure!

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Melanie   •   October 17, 2012

We love using quinoa in our vegan burgers. It is a great addition to the beans. Am looking forward to trying this recipe--thanks for sharing it, Joy!

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Hannah   •   October 17, 2012

I have recently started using quinoa when I make sushi. It's a delicious alternative to rice and I find it a lot easier to work. This is where I found the recipe: http://mynewroots.blogspot.ca/2012/03/quinoa-spring-sushi-diy-quick-pickled.html P.S. I can't wait to make these amazing looking brownies!

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Lisa hocking   •   October 18, 2012

I love using quinoa in so many different ways:) it is just so nutritious and delicious and extremely versatile. The best recipe Ive made recently was some quinoa and black bean stuffed peppers :) amazing!

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Kate   •   October 18, 2012

I love using quinoa in salads and veggie burgers!

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Nida   •   October 18, 2012

I have not made quinoa myself (yet), but I love quinoa quiche and/or salad :)

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julie   •   October 18, 2012

I LOVE quinoa brownies and pancakes. They're a nice protein balance to these carb and sugar heavy dishes.

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kamotion6   •   October 18, 2012

I have used quinoa in a number of ways, breakfast cereal, side dish, flour for baking, but my absolute favourite way to eat quinoa is mixed into a salad. The best one is 'Market Fresh Quinoa Bowl' from your blog. My kids ask for it almost daily. First time they've asked for MORE quinoa!

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Elsa   •   October 18, 2012

You said it best Joy, quinoa is the healthy fast food! I love to serve it with vegan chilli, in burgers or as an accompaniment to any stew or salad.

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Candace Hendrick   •   October 18, 2012

I was just thinking of you the other day in regard to your previous post. I tweaked a squash recipe & it turned into more of a dressing recipe. Delish! It is now on the meal plan for Thanksgiving. Hopefully I'll be able to blog about it soon. I haven't used quinoa much. Brownies are the one thing I haven't tried to make since transitioning to supernatural/healthy eating. Looks YUMM! :)

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24 Blogazine » Quinoa Goat Cheese Brownies   •   October 18, 2012

[...] and she explains how they benefit our bodies. Yesterday, we decided to make her version of Quinoa Goat Cheese Brownies found on the new raved-about cookbook Quinoa [...]

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Linda G   •   October 18, 2012

I.love.quinoa so much so that I picked up another book called Quinoa 365. On it's own as a side dishwith sauteed onions and mushrooms, in soups in place of pasta (like in italian wedding soup), in muffins (lemon/blueberry muffins) a combo of whole wheat flour & quinoa, has them tasting like oatmeal muffins! With some fresh ricotta cheese and berries for breakfast. Endless ways. I would love this book!!! :)

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Kaley   •   October 18, 2012

I love quinoa as an energizing breakfast bowl. Apples, honey, cinnamon, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and a few dried cranberries make an amazing addition to my morning quinoa. :)

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Tanya   •   October 19, 2012

I always make a large pot of quinoa and keep it in the fridge. That way, I have it on hand for breakfast with fruit and almond milk, lunch with my salad, or supper in my veggie patties- the choices are endless!

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Melanie Grime   •   October 19, 2012

I love quinoa in salads, especially with black beans & cilantro. I also love the lemon blueberry quinoa muffins from the Quinoa 365 superfood cookbook - they are a hit with the whole family!

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Mira   •   October 19, 2012

Those brownies look absolutely divine! I have a package of goat cheese in my fridge that has this recipe's name on it. Can't wait to try this on the weekend! My favourite way to use quinoa is as a flour substitute in my baking and pancakes. It's a way to get an extra punch of gluten-free nutrition and I find its texture in baking is kinder on the palate than brown rice flour which I tend to find chalky and dry.

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YogiCrystal   •   October 20, 2012

I love using quinoa by mixing it with veggies - either fresh or cooked - with olive oil and spices. So delicious! Definitely need to try these brownies.. Mmmmmm.

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Rachel   •   October 20, 2012

These brownies look Ahhhhmazing! I love quinoa for those "I don't have a lot of time to cook, but I need REAL FOOD" days. mmm....quinoa.....

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Tamara   •   October 20, 2012

I love using quinoa in my energy bars and as a rice substitute in a stirfry, that way I can leave out the meat if I want.

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Leah   •   October 20, 2012

I like using quinoa instead of rice! I also like to use it to make a breakfast bake.

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Sandy   •   October 20, 2012

Cookies! I actually bought Quinoa cookies the other day! I'm not much of a baker, so I buy my cookies. they were REALLY good!

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Elizabeth   •   October 20, 2012

Being celiac, I am always looking for new ways to use quinoa in my meals. My go-to favourite is as a salad with peppers, black beans, tomato, cilantro, garlic & a splash of olive oil. Oh, and feta crumbled on top! Yum!

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holisticmomof3   •   October 20, 2012

I love quinoa all the time. Breakfast with cinnamon and berries or cold as a salad. Or with stir fry veggies

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Danielle   •   October 20, 2012

I love quinoa! My favourite way to eat it is on a salad with avocado and eggs. Quinoa is my grain (or grain substitute I should say..) of choice, so I have it alongside chilli and soup all the time.

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Raeanne   •   October 20, 2012

I love to mix quinoa with lots of raw veggies, and an olive oil dressing and take it for my lunch! So delicious!

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Patricia   •   October 20, 2012

I mix quinoa with chopped veggies, along with hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and some Evoo and lemon juice as a delicious salad. I also cook it as a substitute for rice and I use quinoa flour when making my homemade protein bars. I also like quinoa mixed with steel cut oats. Will definitely try the brownie recipe and would love the recipe book!!

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Eliina   •   October 20, 2012

I make my own version of Whole Foods' Black Bean Quinoa with extra veggies and avo... soooo yum!

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Deanna Harris   •   October 21, 2012

My favourite way to have quinoa is with fresh fruit, cinnamon and a little maple syrup. Soo good and satisfies the sweet tooth.

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Katherine   •   October 21, 2012

I enjoy quinoa over a bed of spinach, mixed with crumbled goat cheese and strawberries.

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Danielle   •   October 21, 2012

I got on the quinoa kick from your website - i love it for breakfast with almond milk and maple syrup. Also for lunch/dinner in loafs, burgers or veggie stir frys...its so versatile!!!

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Kelly   •   October 22, 2012

I love a quinoa veggie stir fry! As well as tossing it on top of a mixed green Salad! :)

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Lauren   •   October 22, 2012

My new favourite way to use quinoa is to batch-cook a bunch ahead of time and use some mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and hemp seeds as an alternative to granola in baked apples for desserts!

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Giuliana Capano   •   October 22, 2012

Quinoa is one of my favourite meals of all time! So refreshing, delicious & healthy :) This cookbook would be amazing to have! Love it in salads with diced tomatoes, parsley, goat cheese....the list is endless :)

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Nicole P.   •   October 22, 2012

I like my quinoa in a salad with veggies and maybe some dried fruit and/or nuts. It's also good for breakfast. I dont even mind it plain for breakfast.

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liz   •   October 22, 2012

i love to make quinoa frittatas and often use quinoa as a base for cold salads as well!

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Naveen   •   October 22, 2012

I would love a copy of this book! I'm new to quinoa and the easiest way to enjoy it has been as a warm salad with mixed veggies and beans. I'm intrigued with how I can use it in other ways like the above brownie recipe (which includes one of my fave ingredients - goat cheese!. - Naveen

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Celebrating National Chocolate Day! « On the Brink of Something Beautiful   •   October 28, 2012

[...] Here goes… This is Joy’s version of the recipe: http://www.joyoushealth.ca/2012/10/16/quinoa-goat-cheese-brownies/ [...]

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gail metcalfe   •   December 1, 2012

I'm just getting started using quinoa,but love it's ease of cooking. My favorite way so far is a quinoa, cinnamon cranberry dish I use in place of rice

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Cara   •   December 1, 2012

I like using them in stir fries in replace of rice and in my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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Nicole   •   April 6, 2013

Quinoa was one of the first grains I tried when I cut out the wheat! I am still amazed by this nutrient powerhouse and I try to include it in most of my cooking as a carbohydrate and protein source, my favourite way too enjoy quinoa is by cooking it in almond milk with stevia, cinnamon and a sliced apple its good in the morning or as a post workout treat! Its easy too make and it never disappoints! Whenever there's a family function.. I always bring the quinoa! Foreign to some but should be known by all!

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Christine   •   October 16, 2013

I love cooking quinoa with kale and topping with an egg and green onion. That or Mexican style with lots of lime, cumin, black beans, red peppers, avocado, corn, etc.

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